Texture Painting an Ax

Part of the Learning Flow:
Introduction to Blender

Login with your CG Cookie Citizen Account to ask a question.

Start Learning
  • Software: Blender 2.77
  • Difficulty:

Let's apply your new texturing skills


AxGifThis exercise is designed to be a sandbox for texture painting. In the Fundamentals of Texturing course, you learned the essential skills needed for unwrapping a model's UV's and painting a texture for it. Now for this exercise, the challenge is to apply that knowledge to paint a stylized ax! Don't rely on image textures for this one. Your submission should be painted by hand. If you need to brush up on your digital painting skills before getting started, review the Concept Art Fundamentals learning flow.


  1. Download the ax-model.zip file from the Downloads tab. Unzip and open the included .blend file with Blender.
  2. UV-unwrap the model to prepare it for texture painting.
  3. Paint the ax texture appropriately to reflect its ax-y nature. Use an image size of 512x512 since this is a game asset. You don't have to match the example exactly. We encourage you to paint your own unique texture as you see fit!
  4. When finished, save a version of your .blend file after packing your texture into the file, then upload your packed .blend to Sketchfab.
  5. If the texture isn't showing up for any reason, you can add it to the model manually. 
  6. Finally, submit your exercise by clicking the Submit Exercise button in the top-right corner of this page and pasting your Sketchfab URL.
Try to make this ax have its own unique style, without changing the model. Take your time and show us your best! Start simple by blocking out the basic colors first, and then work from the larger forms to the smaller details.


Check out this video for additional guidance in accomplishing this exercise. Though, I encourage you to watch only after attempting the exercise first. Otherwise it's defeating the intention of the exercise being a challenge in application of the information learned in the Fundamentals of Texture Course.

Rules of the Exercise

  • 1
    Texture must be painted from scratch
  • 2
    No visible seams or stretching
  • 3
    Model + Texture is uploaded to Sketchfab
  • 4
    Texture resolution is 512x512
  • d

    Texture in Sketchfab

    2 answers · asked

  • Large

    Stacked up questions about UVs in Blender

    1 answer · asked

  • m

    Trouble Uploading Texture to Sketchfab

    2 answers · asked

  • o

    Mask selection isnt working

    2 answers · asked

  • Large

    Sketchfab model either has a super gloss coat or a light white diffuse when uploaded, what happened and how can I fix it?

    1 answer · asked

Heya! Login with your CG Cookie Citizen account to download Exercise files.
  • Needs grading:
  • Graded:
  • Passed:
  • Did not pass:

Level 8

Rank: 5
Hi there, I’m a 3D artist and designer for the CG Cookie crew. Outside the studio I’m a big fan of hiking, reading, watching movies, writing, and consuming excessive amounts of tea.
Your was successfully !