Low Poly Course: 2 different ways to model a dog…


Okay, so the next part of the course is creating some low poly animals. I made these two dogs using two different methods. The square-er looking one was modeled using blocks and shapes and transforming them. The less square looking one was made with the sculpting tool, cutting or adding to the base shape.


The instructor’s dogs came out much better looking, to be sure! I also branched out a bit and did a different dog than the pattern he used in the course, because I wanted to try something else. Overall, I like the squarer looking one, kind of has a “cute” look to it and it reminds me of several cartoon dogs. The sculpted one, however, leaves a lot to be desired.

Just so you know, I don’t think it’s the instructors fault my sculpted dog came out looking funny, I think you can just tell that he has a lot more finesse and experience with sculpting. It is definitely an art form that requires practice. Lots and lots more practice….

Linux – keep it simple.

Blender 2.8 and 2.81 turns everything white when I select an object.

Tl;dr – I didn’t figure out what was wrong with Blender 2.8 and 2.81 on Ubuntu. So I upgraded to the 2.82 alpha version, which works great. You can also go back to the 2.79 version, which also works great.


So, I’ve enrolled in a great course on Udemy, it is a low poly 3D modeling course, using Blender. It’s an awesome course so far! Alex, the instructor is really great at explaining everything to guys like me, who have absolutely no experience with this whatsoever. Another thing I really like is how excited he is about the material, and his enthusiasm is contagious! You can find the course here if you are interested: https://www.udemy.com/course/blenderlowpoly/

In the course, the instructor is using Blender 2.8, but the 18.04 repositories for Ubuntu only have version 2.79 available. Well, that would be fine, but the layout of the interface is actually different between the two, and I wanted to be able to follow the instructions verbatim while learning the ropes. So, I headed to the Blender website and downloaded the release version of 2.8. Unfortunately, it didn’t work right.

As you can see in the picture above, when I click on an object, the entire “view port” turns white. Then, when you move the object, you actually can’t see what you are doing anymore, as the object “disappears”. Thinking that was no good, I jumped online and found others had this specific problem also. Unfortunately, they just re-installed Blender, and that fixed it. But that fix didn’t work for me.

So, I tried out Blender 2.81a, which you can also download from their website, and it had the same issue for me. I tried running it in a terminal window so I could watch the output and try to troubleshoot, but it didn’t give any output for me to work with. I had no way of troubleshooting the issue.

Of course, 2.79 still worked great on my machine, but since the interface was different from the instructors, it made following the videos a bit difficult. So, I tried one last ditch effort, and went with the latest blender version: 2.82 alpha. I was a little concerned that there would be other issues, but everything worked and has been rock solid since I installed it.


So, now I get the new interface, and I can easily follow along in the course! Sounds like a win to me!

Linux – keep it simple.