This is what an hour of productivity with my dad looks like. He has been learning Blender and Unity 3D to create a new online environment that incorporates lots of new hardware – the Leap, Oculus Rift, and Kinect to go with lots of software – including Maya, MakeHuman, 3D Coat, and Photoshop and After Effects (some software I’m familiar with).
The above is the letters J E S S …spelling part of my name. Shift + A to add a new mesh UV sphere, then over to the wrench to add a multiresolution modifier, then subdivide it to smooth the sphere. Then hit Tab to switch from Object mode to Sculpt mode. Go up to the left, grab a brush, size it, and get to work making a mess. To copy the S like I did hit Shift + D. Then right-click and drag to re-position the copy.
Then go to the Material globe on right for more editing. I went to Diffuse to select the colors for my letters from the color wheel. From there I can also change the intensity and the shader model. When satisfied with my sphere smoothing savviness I selected save. Then went to the snipping tool and took a screen shot to share my skills with you.