My first attempts at making people in Blender looked like this: a came up with a baby with a detachable head.
She lost one of her cheeks, and she had no hands and non-moving arms. However, she’s still pretty cute, isn’t she?
Then I moved on to these teenagers:
They’re pretty cute, too!
I then explored the world of stick figures:
And finally, I tried making fully fleshed creatures. This is what I came up with:
Some people think they look very scary. But you know what? Even though they don’t have fingers, they are still able to drink their hot tea.
I gave up on making people for a few years after that, but finally, I thought I’d try again and I came up with …
Isn’t she absolutely lovely? I couldn’t believe my eyes when she was done. Her name is Agnes.
And the coolest part I’ve discovered, is that I just have to make a few tweaks to the face – nothing extreme at all – and I’ll come up with a whole new person. Like Eve coming from Adam’s rib, or however it goes.
So I tweaked Agnes’ cheeks, eyes, and hair just a bit, and I got Ebba:
A big give-away is the hair on the forehead – same pattern, though Ebba’s strands are longer. Ebba and Agnes are friends, here you see them standing together.
Here Agnes and Ebba look at a rose:
Yes, they have fingers but no toes.
Then I made a girl with brown hair, a blue skirt, and a ribbon in her hair called Margaret. Margaret comes from Agnes. Her lips are fuller and nose is narrower, but they look quite a bit alike.
And from her, I made a girl called Lisa. Notice the bangs and actually the whole hair style, down to the ribbon, is the same. Here Lisa is reading with a small girl called Elizabeth (the one in the polka-dot dress). I don’t actually remember who Elizabeth’s “parent” model was. It was probably Agnes, my original.
And I made a lady called Deedra (in the blue hijab):
Here you see Agnes, Elizabeth, Lisa, Ebba, and Deedra all standing together in “Ariana Grande singing about climate change.” No, none of them were meant to have demon eyes.
And here you see a progression of how one character “gives birth” into another:
On the left, you see Snow-White. Well, Snow-White without black hair. I made her out of Margaret. Notice they have the same skin color, they have the exact same bangs. Snow-White’s mouth is a bit more pouty, maybe. And maybe her cheeks are fuller. Of course, the clothes are also different.
From Snow-White, I made the Hawaiian tree snail scientist who features in “The Desperate Tale of the Last Tree Snail.” The fringe on the forehead is again a give-away. I changed the features quite a bit, but honestly, it’s not hard. You play just a tiny bit and get someone entirely new.
And finally, I took the tree snail scientist and made the mom that’s in “The grass is not trash.” I removed the bangs and maybe her eyes are a tad bigger.
I’m going to have a whole village soon enough!