From Cube to Awesomeness: Getting Started in CG


Here is the tutorial for complete beginners, who are just getting started in CG.

At the same time, this video is a motivational punch for those who abandoned digital art for some reason. That’s for you too, folks.

#QUESTION: What was your first creation in computer graphics?


Getting Started in CG : bonus tips

Create a Cube Companion

Remember playing Portal and that wicked puzzle which involved burning your Cube Companion to make a progress? You would need a Cube Companion in your journey. So create one now!

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Don’t rush through it

Whatever application you use, take your time to familiarize with its interface. Be patient, when facing something weird. Google the hell out of it and everything will be fine.

Example: Blender right click select is something you don’t encounter in the most of interfaces. But you are going to love it, eventually (evil grin here).

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Request a focused critique

Share your cube with your friends (you may send me a message too)! Ask for a critique – or just an opinion – and try to make something out of it. It may be cruel and still you would need it.

One of the most foolish things we can do is to hide our pictures.

share the joy


You may also like (and maybe not): Bridging the Gap: How To Get Started in CG


  1. Ryan Sweeney

    I like that you didn’t teach us anything about how to do lighting, how to composite nor how to bevel and add a material to your special cube. “Google the hell out of it” says all we need to know (though I primarily use Bing).

  2. That’s pretty ‘captain-obvious’ type of answer, like ‘do it by doing it’. But I think that’s how some tasks should be approached: grasp an abstract idea and then fill in the details, using search. So yeah! 🙂

  3. Bhavin Solanki

    lol it was awesome, please do some long podcast please, may be audio only.

  4. Yitzi Litt

    My personal cube…

  5. Sandra D

    your video inspired me to make a cube. Still not delighted with my cube, particularly with lighting, but I thought I’d put it up anyway. I liked the open endedness of this tutorial. Start with a cube…

    • Haha, perfect! 🙂 A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step (or rather, single cube). Sandra, thanks for sharing.

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