Jonathan Gonzalez (jgonzalez)

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30 Days of Modeling

Becoming great at anything requires constant practice and that is especially true with 3d modeling. If you're here it's probably because you want to become a better digital artist. I myself want to improve my 3d modeling and texturing skills and that means I need to model a ton in order to become better.

Building a consistent habit is the path to becoming great and with that I wanted to provide a challenge to anyone else here who wants to join me. The challenge will be to model one new 3d model daily for 30 days. 

The goal of this is not to create  amazingly realistic models, but to get you practicing your modeling skills daily. You are not competing with anyone here but yourself.

Each day this post will be updated with the object to model based on that week. Below are the rules and guidelines to make this more interesting:


To make this more interesting, every week will focus on one theme. Each theme will represent a set of 7 objects that are relatively easy to model, but each have unique elements to them to challenge you in different ways. 

The themes for the next 4 weeks include: Home, Weapons, Props, Nature


  • All models must be completed by you. While we do teach Blender here, you are free to use any software you want for modeling and texturing. (Sculpting is allowed)
  • Do not include models you've previously created, while we can't verify this, remember that this is meant to install a habit of daily modeling practice. 
  • Only post a model for that day, don't try to "catch up". If you miss a day, then pick it up the next day


Post a rendered image of your completed model. While texturing won't be required, it is highly encouraged. 

HOME (June 1 - June 7)

For this week we'll focus on objects found around the home. Typically these objects are relatively easy to model and reference. You are free to get as creative as you want with these as long as you modeling what is requested for that day.

June 1 - Sofa

June 2 - Lamp

June 3 - Book Shelf

June 4 - Coffee Table

June 5 - Lounge Chair

June 6 - Shag Rug

June 7 - Floor Speakers

Week 1 is Done! Congrats on making it through the first week of this modeling challenge. On to week 2.

WEAPONS (June 8 - June 14)

For this week we'll focus on creating hand held weapons. Think melee weapons. These usually have a mixture of primitive and complex shapes. You may use sculpting during these models, and some may actually require it to achieve the look you want. 

June 8 - Axe

June 9 - Combat Knife

June 10 - Spear

June 11 - Shuriken

June 12 - Spiked Bat

June 13 - Sickle

June 14 - Nunchucks

PROPS (June 15 - June 21)

This week will be focused on props you might commonly see in games or background scenes. These can be reused to add "filler" to an environment. These props mostly reside outside.

June 15 - Barrels

June 16 - Tires

June 17 - Filled Trash Bags

June 18 - Concrete Barrier

June 19 - Shipping Container

June 20 - Dumpster

June 21 - No Object

June 22 - No Object


This week will be focused on organic plants and objects you'd find out in nature. Think of these as natural props.

June 23 - Grass Clumps

June 24 - Rocks

June 25 - Flowers

June 26 - Bushes

June 27 - Hollow Log

June 28 - Vines

June 29 - Trees


This officially ends the challenge, technically it's 29 days but we have another challenge starting up on Monday so use Sunday as a way to gather reference photos and start your next modeling challenge with vehicles!

Thank you for everyone that participated in this challenge. Some objects were easy, others were challenging and I hope you learned some new tips and techniques. This challenge was about keeping a habit going and learning some new techniques and use different tools to create something you may not have otherwise. It was great seeing all the new renders on a daily basis. Good or bad, you've created something and that's what matters. See you all in the next challenge!

  • I'm in!  Just to clarify, is this just for mesh modeling, or is sculpting allowed?  If so, how much sculpting is acceptable?

    • crew

      williamatics I'll clarify that in the original post, but sculpting is perfectly fine. I suppose this is more about pushing and pulling verts for an end result. 

    • Can We do modeling in other Software?

    • crew

      llakshitkothari this is an old challenge from 2019, however you can still give it ago if you wish.



      • All models must be completed by you. While we do teach Blender here, you are free to use any software you want for modeling and texturing. (Sculpting is allowed)
      • Do not include models you've previously created, while we can't verify this, remember that this is meant to install a habit of daily modeling practice. 
      • Only post a model for that day, don't try to "catch up". If you miss a day, then pick it up the next day


      Post a rendered image of your completed model. While texturing won't be required, it is highly encouraged. 

  • crew

    Alright here is my render for today:

    Without Textures

    With textures

  • This is an awesome idea jgonzalez !! Here's my sofa:


  • This was a fun diversion. Here's my family's old sofa. 

  • I finished mine.

  • Interesting, a tad late in the day for me but this could be a very interesting thing to keep up with. I hope to participate soon!

  • crew

    For the "rims", I used a few loop cuts to make a thin border of faces all around then extruded them along the normals (ALT+E). For the dents and such, that was just pushing and pulling verts with proportional editing enabled. That's how I also got parts of the cushion to look pointed. 

    The process for just about everything I did on the sofa was as follows:

    • Create a cube and apply a subsurf modifier with 2 subdivisions
    • Add loop cuts near the edges, but not too close to create a rounded look
    • Either inset faces near the edges, or add a thin border near the edges for the stitched portion (rims) then extrude along normals with ALT+E
    • Enable proportional editing and start pulling faces and vertices to add distortion and more cushiony look

    Thanks to everyone who participated on day one, didn't expect much with it being a Saturday and all but nice to see some submissions other than my own. On to day three!

    • jgonzalez thanks for explaining your process, never would have thought of that but I think it's brilliant you made use of simple techniques to get these awesome results. Lesson learned, simplify your process and don't overcomplicate things!


      Curious about today's subject though... it's already Sunday June 2nd over here and I'm itching to get started!!

      Maybe you could post the next subject before you go to bed for us European people who live wayyy in the future? 😇 

    • crew

      ssmurfmier1985 Actually I don't mind doing it at night. As long as it's once a day that's fine. I posted today's object to model. I'll update it every night starting tonight. 

      iimparare I appreciate the effort, but please stick to the object selected for the day. The theme is HOME but there are 7 objects within that theme that will be provided daily to model. Day one was a sofa, day two is a lamp

    • jgonzalez awesome, thanks Gonzo! I'll go looking for lamp references now 😎

  • I am pretty new to blender but thought I would give it a try by allocating some time and at the end of the time see what I had. I have never really modelled before so hopefully this challenge will help.

    Its a wall socket and this is as far as I got. Its all quads and I should have planned it out better at the start but that's what being new does I guess. For the mesh I started out with the idea of it being mirrored but did not get around to it in the end which is why there is no edge loop the whole way around

    Not really able to texture just yet but will work on it.


  • Great idea Jonathan, just finished rendering day one, I only saw your post this morning ( Germany time).

    This is really good for me, because I sort of got stuck. I am really slow, so having a deadline is a great stimulation and it's fun!

    So here's my sofa:

    I gave up on sculpting, because it made it look like leather;) But still, it's not about realism now, is it?

    I will have a four day time-out, because I will be going to Holland to visit my family, but as I understand, that won't be a problem.

  • crew

    Here is my render. Didn't use any textures for it. It's based off a lamp I have in my place. Need to figure out how to cast lighting with emissive objects and have SSS for the glass. I did learn a quick way to create wires using the path curve. 

    • jgonzalez nice shapes! curves are wickedly easy for wires, great job on that. 

      As for emision: I would just stick a Point Light in it. If you want to see a bulb you can also stick a sphere in it with just a simple emissive material (just use an emission node instead of principled shader), but if you're using Eevee that alone won't work well so you have to use both the point light and the emissive sphere, but if you're using Cycles you're settled with just an emissive sphere. And maybe make the glass material transparent and play with the roughness and such. SSS won't help you here, that's something for human skin and leaves... 

      Things like transparency and SSS are all build into the principled shader so playing with those sliders can get you some nice quick results. Fun to experiment with! This is a great tutorial on all it's features.

      Hope this helps..

  • Day 2: Lamp

    I decided to make something modern / industrial looking to compliment yesterdays sofa. I also updated the sofa with a little bit of proportional editing on the cushions and a displacement modifier on the whole thing to make it look a bit more organic. And I played a bit with the lighting in Eevee. It was fun! Pretty happy with how it all turned out 😊

  • Here's my lamp. I didn't get to texturing much or putting a light into. It will go into my file of almost done desktop models I have. Someday I will render desk.

  • Day 2 is complete!

  • crew

    Updating the original post to include the object for June 3 for all those on the other side of the world. Hopefully this schedule of releasing later in the evening works out better for everyone. Great renders so far!

    • jgonzalez Yeah this is great! Now I can look for reference during lunch break and get started right away when I get home from work, instead of rushing it late in the evening... and in weekends I can even get started in the morning. Awesome, thanks Gonzo!

  • A day late to the affair but time to get started! Finished the lamp here in about an hour (not including rendering) and I'm pretty happy with that, not sure how I feel about the textures as that's always been a weak spot for me but I feel it's getting better along with my modeling. Read a little bit earlier in the thread about using SSS with the glass which I didn't do here, and I'll be damned if that doesn't intrigue me, ready for next time!

  • I'm sorry for being late but I still wanted to participate. I've been feeling so lazy modeling all of these smaller models to my current project eternity and this feels like a good way to get some motivation. In the best case scenario there are 30 more items added to the cottage environment by the end of the month!

    With that said, the theme is going to be oldish or maybe almost primitive.

    Here are my sofa, lamp and bookshelf, or what's left of it 😄

  • Here's my lamp, thank you Jonathan, I learned a lot today! Riging with Bendy Bones, the Screw Modifier and some other tricks. Normally, I would have spend at least a week adding details and tweaking shaders and lighting and what's more, but somewhere you've got to stop, and knowing when to stop is kinda hard;)

    Anyhow here's my lamp:


  • intresting idea . question i see june 1 sofa , june 2 lamp , june 3 book shelf. do we need to follow that or just follow the rule of home theme ? so like for example june 1 we could also sculpt a table , june 2 bath etc ...
    kinda am curious . might not be able to do all days but i like the idea . first want to know how things works of course :p

    • crew

      yyukinoh1989 The goal of the challenge is to model the object posted. The theme just helps to give you a sense of the types of objects you'll be modeling that week. Having someone else post the object forces you to get out of your comfort zone to model something you may not have done before. You are free to get as creative as you want with each object.

  • Great Idea. I just saw it this morning.  So I start with the Day 3 Bookshelf.
    I already notice that I will learn a lot.
    I hope to be able to do something every day because honestly - I clearly need more practice ;)
    Vintage Bookshelf (very rustic)

  • Day 3: Book Shelf

    Today I learned that playing with curves is a lot harder than it looks if you go for a specific shape... turned out better than I hoped though! Room for improvement for sure.