I’m Andrew Price and I run Blender Guru. I’m 27 years old and live in Brisbane, Australia.
The goal of this site is to help you understand Blender, and create amazing results you can be proud of.
One night in 2004 I was playing Need For Speed II, and admiring the beauty of the 3d cars.
I thought how cool it would be if I could create my own car in 3d. So I went online and searched for “free 3d software”.
I went to a few sites before stumbling upon Blender.org, and saw this render:
I was immediately sold. I remember making a commitment right then and there that I was going to learn how to use this software “Blender” until I could make my own car.
My first week with Blender could best be described as embarrassing.
I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. In fact, if you check my post history on blenderartists.org you can see what a true burden I was to the community:
My learning style was the very definition of “playing it by ear”. Floating from tutorial to tutorial, finishing some and abandoning others.
It was a looooong and rough road. But I stayed committed, learning from tutorials and whatever I could get my hands on.
Until 4 years later, I finally achieved my goal… creating my own car in Blender:
When I finished high school I had no job prospects.
I knew that I wanted to use Blender fulltime, but nobody was going to hire me.
So I started BlenderGuru.com – a free tutorial site, aimed at attracting freelancing work!
After a year I was getting lots of viewers, but no freelance work. I was lost and very seriously considering giving it up.
But then I attended the 2009 Blender conference and was shocked to discover that people actually knew me and loved my tutorials. But most striking of all, some where asking if I’d write a book!
I was shocked. People actually liked my work and my tutorials?
Then it clicked.
I could run Blender Guru fulltime and sell training products.
I’m now married to a beautiful girl, Chloe.
We’ve been together for 5 years and are happily living in Australia :)
When I’m not with her or using Blender, I also enjoy hiking:
And I’m currently working with Colin Levy on a new short film to be released in 2016: