My name is Andrew Price and I run Blender Guru. I am 23 years old and live in
Before creating Blender Guru, I used to work for Toyota as a debt collector.
That’s right… if you didn’t pay your bills you had to deal with this:
I also used to serve in the Australian Army as a Reservist.
When I’m not talking on the phone or shooting guns, I’m lifting weights at the gym.
My dream is to one day weigh 90kg, but I can’t seem to break 80kg!
In August last year, I went to a party of a mutual friend and met my now girlfriend,
Chloe Lim. She knows all about my obsession with blender, but doesn’t mind it
as long as it doesn’t cut into our “together time” :P
One of the turning points for becoming interested in 3d graphics was at a LAN
party (yes I used to be a regular). The person on the computer next to me was
telling me all about how they use Blender in their free time.
“What’s Blender?”was my response.
To demonstrate, he showed me a little animation he had made of a helicopter
robot taking off and landing. I was blown away! It looked like Pixar!
(or so I thought at the time)
I figured that if he could make that by himself, then so could I.
And it wasn’t long after when I discovered this image and sealed my obsession:
At this point I made a silent vow to learn Blender well enough until I could create a 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:
*groan* Another thread by redbyte.
My learning style was the very definition of “play it by ear”. I randomly floated from
tutorial to tutorial, finishing some and abandoning others until I could finally create
something of my own. As I recall it was a cube man.
Through constant practice and learning new things I eventually nailed the basics and
moved onto bigger projects. 4 years into my learning process, and I was finally able to
accomplish the dream I set out to achieve:
I started Blender Guru in April 2009 as a way to raise my profile as a freelancing artist.
I had heard that creating tutorials was a good way to get noticed, so I registered the
domain name blenderguru.com and started writing. However it wasn’t until I attended
the Blender conference in 2009, that my goal changed. People who I had never met
were coming up to me, shaking my hand, and asking me when the next tutorial would
I was flabbergasted! So from that point on I decided to make educational products
my primary focus.
My first training product was an eBook called ‘The Wow Factor‘,
and my most recent product is The Nature Academy.
As well as Blender, I also enjoy…
Going to music festivals:
Exploring the outdoors:
Going on holidays:
Well that’s probably more than you wanted to know, so I’m going to wrap this up.
I hope you enjoy the site! :)