Blender is a freeware program that allows users to create 3-D models and then animate them, adding particles effects, fur dynamics and other extras. It has many of the same features you would expect to find in a high-priced application like Autodesk Maya or Maxon Cinema 4D. One criticism of the program is that the user interface is not as easy to use and intuitive as it should be. However, the modelling tools themselves are fairly straightforward. Even creating something as relatively complex as a rose can be accomplished quite quickly in Blender.
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Click on the Blender shortcut on your desktop to start the application.
Select and delete the default cube you see in the scene. Select "Add" from the menu and choose "Mesh." From the options, choose "UVsphere and click "OK." Hold down the middle mouse button and drag with the mouse to rotate the view so the grid forms a plane.
Select "Add" from the menu and choose "Mesh." From the options, choose "Circle." In the dialogue box that appears, choose "Fill" and click "OK."
Use the "Move" arrows to drag the circle to the bottom of the sphere, where it will be the first petal. Go to the panel at the bottom and click on the drop-down menu to change from "Object Mode" to "Edit Mode."
Select "Mesh" in the bottom panel and choose "Transform." From the options, choose "Rotate." Use the mouse to rotate the circle so it is angled correctly for a petal.
Click on one of the bottom points on the circle. Select "Mesh" from the bottom panel and choose "Transform." From the options, choose "Warp." In the view, drag with the mouse to reshape the circle into a petal shape.
Repeat steps 3-6 to create all the petals for the rose.
Select "Add" from the menu and choose "Mesh." From the options, choose "Cylinder." Click "OK."
Select "Mesh" from the bottom panel and choose "Transform." From the options, choose "Scale Along Axis." Choose the "Z" axis. Drag with the mouse to resize the cylinder to form the stem of the flower.
Use the ""Move" function to position the stem at the bottom of the flower petals. Save your work.
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