Introduction to 3D Design and Modeling with Blender

A course by Luis Arizaga
3D Character Artist. Montreal, Canada.
Joined October 2015
, 3D Character Artist

Learn how to use the basic tools to sculpt, model, and render in Blender

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 90% Positive reviews (387)
  • 7894 students

Learn how to use the basic tools to sculpt, model, and render in Blender

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 90% Positive reviews (387)
  • 7894 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • Updated on 09/18/2020
  • 14 Lessons (2h 38m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

This course was updated in September 2020 with new audiovisual material using the 2.8.3 software version and interface, as well as more resources and activities, and a new final project.

How do you give life and volume to characters you’ve designed on paper? In this course, 3D Character Artist Luis Arizaga—director of the short film Holymonks and collaborator in Alike, selected for the Goya prize—shows you how to use Blender, a powerful software that allows you to model, light, render, and animate your characters.

Learn how to create and work with basic objects, create base structures for characters, use modeling and sculpting tools, the nodes system to create materials, lights, a rendering engine, how to use the camera, and more.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Let's get to know each other a little
  • U2
    U2. Preparing to work
  • U3
    U3. Let's do it
  • U4
    U4. The last touches
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start by getting to know Luis Arizaga’s work and influences, going from 2D, to 3D, comics, the video game industry, or even toy design.

Luis gives you a brief introduction to Blender, showing you how to install it, along with some interesting resources such as add-ons, models, and production materials. Set up the interface, some visor parameters, and start to work in the 3D space to configure your scene.

Learn how to create, manipulate, and edit objects, to then start exploring different modeling techniques. Create a model, starting from the base with a blocking while taking into account and prioritizing the character’s silhouette.

Then, explore the lighting system in Blender, create a basic lighting set, and work on the materials for your scene. Luis shows you how the nodes system works and teaches you the rendering process.

Apply all you’ve learned to your final project, create a model of your character, and present it with a 3D render.

What is this course's project?

Model a cartoon character in 3D, inspired by video consoles and 90’s objects using Blender.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

For animators, illustrators, designers, and all those who want to learn how to use Blender and work in 3D.

What you need

Previous knowledge in 3D is not required to take the course, as it is an introduction to Blender from scratch.

You need a computer, either PC or Mac, and although it is not essential, it will be useful to have a Wacom graphics tablet (the most inexpensive version will do).


7894 Students
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Luis Arizaga

A course by Luis Arizaga

3D Character Artist

Luis Arizaga is a 3D Character Artist that specializes in 2D character design, digital sculpting, and 3D modeling. He uses his 2D character design skills to create 3D models and to better interpret other 2D artists’ concepts. He has also got extensive knowledge in texturizing, materials, and rendering, which he uses to present his 2D characters as illustrations.

He has worked in creating 3D characters for advertising, toys, and animated projects. He has also collaborated in magazine articles for 3DWorld, 3DArtist, or 3DCreative, as well as on a book entitled Exotique.

In the animation field, he directed the short film Holymonks, selected in the international animation festival in Annecy (France), and has collaborated on the short film Alike, created entirely on Blender and selected for the Goya prize.


  • U1

    Let's get to know each other a little

    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Preparing to work

    • Introduction to Blender
    • Interface and 3D viewer
    • Interface and navigation of the 3D environment
    • Create and manipulate objects
  • U3

    Let's do it

    • Edit objects
    • Basic modeling techniques
    • Basic modeling techniques 2
    • Basic modeling techniques 3
  • U4

    The last touches

    • Introduction to lighting in Blender
    • Create a basic light set
    • Basic material in Blender by nodes
    • Render
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Introduction to 3D Design and Modeling with Blender

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Introduction to 3D Design and Modeling with Blender. A 3D, and Animation course by Luis Arizaga

Introduction to 3D Design and Modeling with Blender

A course by Luis Arizaga
3D Character Artist. Montreal, Canada.
Joined October 2015
  • 90% Positive reviews (387)
  • 7894 students