About

I’m Andrew Price and I run Blender Guru. I’m 27 years old and live in Brisbane, Australia.

Andrew Price Blender

I started using Blender in 2004, as a hobby but now use it everyday, creating explosions, space ships and other cool stuff as my day job :)

The goal of this site is to help you understand Blender, and create amazing results you can be proud of.

 

My Story

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:

The image that got me started in blender.

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.

 

How I learned Blender

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:

threads by me

*groan* another thread by andrewprice

 

 

My learning style was the very definition of “playing it by ear”. Floating from tutorial to tutorial, finishing some and abandoning others.

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One of the few tutorials at the time: How to make a gingerbread man

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:

Yaaay!! … now what?

 

Why Blender Guru?

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.

A year later I released The Wow Factor, and today my most recent product is The Architecture Academy with over 1,000 members.

My Life

I’m now married to a beautiful girl, Chloe.

Andrew Price Married Wife

 

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:

Andrew Price hiking

hiking

 

And I’m currently working with Colin Levy on a new short film to be released in 2016:

Andrew and Colin 3D Portal Work

Keep in touch by following me on Twitter or liking my page on Facebook :)

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