Tutorial Series for Getting Started with Blender 2.8

Blender 2.8 is live! 

To get you up to speed fast, we've started creating focused Blender 2.8 tutorial series nearly a year in advance, so you've come to the right place. Some of you may be brand new to Blender and if so - welcome! Here is a list of all our best Blender 2.8 resources up until now. Don't forget to check out our previous article on Blender 2.8 content found here: https://cgcookie.com/articles/get-ready-for-blender-2-8-with-these-tutorials 

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Blender 2.8 Tutorial Series

If you're just starting off with Blender 2.8 we'd recommend creating your own treasure chest. 

In this course from Kent Trammell, you'll  Learn how to Model, Texture and Shade a Treasure Chest in Blender 2.8


This course will teach you an essential workflow for creating a treasure chest from start to finish and includes modeling, texturing and shading along with rendering out a beautiful looking treasure chest. 

As an added bonus, you'll learn how to drop in coins using the rigidbody system in Blender. This is a great beginner-friendly project that you can complete within a day.

Key Things You'll Learn

  • Stylized Hard Surface Modeling
  • UV Unwrapping
  • Texture Painting
  • Rendering Layout

Want to learn animation in Blender 2.8? 

Take it a step further with this course by Wayne Dixon where you'll learn to Rig and Animated a Treasure Chest

Key Things You'll Learn

  • Basic Bone Rigging
  • Using Constraints
  • UI Based Rigging
  • Creating Animations

Looking for something a bit more on the low poly side? 

Say no more, watch this course by Grant Wilk on how to Build and Animate a Low Poly Rocket in Blender 2.8.


Another great complete work flow on creating a rocket animation complete with a smoke/afterburner particle effect. Learn how to model the rocket, apply materials, create a particle system and finish it up by rendering out an animation. 

Key Things You'll Learn

  • Low Poly modeling
  • Using Basic Materials
  • Utilizing Particle Systems
  • Rendering a rocket animation

Now for some rigging practice

Jonathan Lampel will teach you how to Rig a Transforming Rifle in Blender 2.8

Rigging weapons is a common technique for controlling moving pieces. 

This rifle can transform to reveal a hidden scope and larger barrel for use as a sniper rifle as well. 

Key Things You'll Learn

  • Bone Rigging
  • Assigning Vertex Groups
  • Creating a Weapon Animation
  • Using Action Constraints


Visual Effects in 2D

Learn how to use the grease pencil to create Animated Flame with the Grease Pencil with Wayne Dixon.

This course explores a relatively new feature in Blender 2.8 in utilizing the grease pencil for 2D animations. If you're interested in learning how to use the grease pencil for 2D animations, then this course is a great introduction to get you started. 

Key Things You'll Learn

  • Using Particle Systems
  • Drawing with the Grease Pencil
  • Creating a Looping Fire Animation

Create Voxels, in the style of Lego or Minecraft

In this course by Jonathan Lampel you'll learn how to Create Detailed Voxel Art in Blender 2.8.

Voxel art is popular in games like Minecraft and in this course you'll learn how to "voxelize" existing 3d models that look like they were made completely from voxels.

Key Things You'll Learn

  • Converting Objects to Voxels
  • Creating a Voxel Shader
  • Python Scripting
  • Creating an Addon


Blender Training Live Streams

We also have a number of archived live streams that utilize Blender 2.8 to watch. Here are some you should check out.

Creating Simple Eevee Environments with Kent Trammell

Take a relaxing break on this digital beach and learn how to start putting together a simple real time environment. This is part 1 of a four part series. Here you'll find Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4

Hard Surface Kit Bashing Workflow in Blender 2.8 with Jonathan Lampel.

Kit Bashing allows you to create completely new models based off smaller pieces put together. In this stream you'll learn how to create this amazing robotic looking butterfly from various smaller pieces in Blender 2.8.

Texturing the Simple Airplane in Blender 2.8 with Kent Trammell.

Take a blast to the past with Kent as he takes the airplane from this classic Hard Surface Modeling tutorial series and gives it a coat of paint in Blender 2.8.

And there's more

Hungry for more Blender tutorials? Our collection is here for you to browse - or you can check out our list of 35+ free Blender tutorials.

If you like a little peer motivation, visit our lively Blender community.

  • Miranda van Elst

    Nice overview. The sci-fi door and modeling a tank for mobile courses are also with 2.8

  • Pavel Mazanik

    Dat airplane is from Williamson's course. And you have a broke link there.

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    Jonathan Gonzalez

    nekronavt Ah yes looks like I had some sneaky typos in there. It was meant to say "this" instead of "his". Also missed a letter in the link. It's been updated now, thanks.

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    Jonathan Gonzalez

    smurfmier1985 Yes, I decided to leave out content we've discussed in a previous similar article. Looks like the link to that article was removed but I added it back in at the top. We definitely have a ton of 2.8 content.

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