Are you ready to master hard surface modeling in Blender?

The Hard Surface Academy is designed to ignite your creativity, erase self-doubt, and help you master hard surface modeling in Blender - once and for all.

  • Get comfortable with the hard surface modeling tools in Blender
  • Cut out the fluff, and focus only on the tools you need to succeed
  • Master Hard Ops & Boxcutter, the most powerful hard surface modeling addons on the market
  • Develop a powerful, marketable portfolio that will attract clients & followers like magnets.
  • No-nonsense approach to tricky Blender topics. They're much easier than you think!


A training program that covers exactly what you need...

The Hard Surface Academy contains our best and most popular hard surface modeling courses, all at a massive discount.



In the next few months, you could...

  • Develop a robust, marketable portfolio
  • Make money creating assets & renders for clients
  • Master the hard surface modeling tools in Blender
  • Create designs and renders better than 90% of 3D artists
  • Finally understand lighting, rendering, and composition - the 3 most essential skills

Let's chat for a sec...



That is the most important thing that an instructor can have when teaching and connecting with students, whether online or in the classroom.

Let me quickly tell you a story about our Blender journey - it might surprise you.

If you're here reading this, you are probably picking up a new hobby, looking for a career change or simply trying to transition into Blender.

Whatever the case may be, we know exactly the position that you're in.

You see, we didn't even start off as 3D artists.

In fact, I sucked at this stuff when I first got started.

It wasn't until I met Ryuu and partnered up with him as Blender Bros that I finally developed that creative 'click'.

Ryuu was able to master hard surface modeling in less than a year from starting Blender - seriously.

And it isn't because he had some natural talent or gift for this stuff - it was because he trained his brain to think creatively.





Above is a picture of Ryuu deep in study learning Japanese calligraphy.

One of the best skills that this taught him was the understanding of visual weight and negative space - all factors that are incredibly important in 3D and hard surface modeling.

Just take a look at how easily he is able to balance images and models in 3D using this skill:



Do you see why understanding visual balance and detail is much more important than modeling?

Do you see why we want to focus on modeling and theory?

It's one thing to learn how to model, but it's another thing to know how to model and place detail effectively.

Most people skip this stuff over because they don't understand it.

But we do - and that's the difference when it comes to our courses. We focus on modeling and how to make your models look amazing to the human eye.

This is exactly the type of stuff that separates the professional, industry-grade 3D artists from the average ones - the ones that get jobs and lots of attention on social media.

With a combined 30+ years experience working in education and the creative field, we're gonna let you skip all the fluff and dive right into the content that will get you to your destination in a fraction of the time.

With our courses, you'll literally get the inside scoop into how our brains think and work creatively, and how you can develop that same exact skill in Blender.

Decades of practice is no joke, and that's why we've condensed down all of our combined knowledge into one single bundle that you can get started with todayThe Hard Surface Academy.

That's over a quarter million hours of our life experience and practice in the creative field (counting sleep - of course!)

I think we've piqued your interest enough...

Below we get into the nitty gritty details about what's inside this academy - so give it a read!



The Hard Surface Academy

Are you ready to become a professional hard surface artist?

This academy will teach you everything you need to know about:

  • Hard Surface Modeling & Design
  • Lighting, composition, and presentation
  • The power of a good portfolio

With a simple change in your approach to 3D modeling & presentation, you could become a kick-ass hard surface designer in Blender very quickly. 


The 3 Big Objections of Talented 3D Artists

Many talented artists have self-limiting beliefs and powerful objections, blocking their path to success. The 3 most common ones are listed below:


"I'm not naturally talented at this stuff!"

This is the most common limiting belief, and below, we'll discuss why your natural talent doesn't matter.

"I'm too busy - I just don't have the time!"

We are all busy people, but you don't have to study 3D full time to become a successful artist.

"The competition in this industry is just too high!"

Actually, the barrier to entry is quite low, and we'll discuss why below.


The Truth Is...

  • Natural talent can be developed. With enough immersion and practice, your brain slowly "clocks in" to the right workflow, and begins to see designs in a different way.
  • You don't need to treat this like a job, you just need to consistently practice. And with our tested and proven methods, you can master this stuff quicker than you think.
  • Competition is low, because most artists don't know how to effectively present their work. You don't need to be the worlds best 3D modeler - you just need to know how to create and present stuff that is "good enough".

What's Included In The Academy...


Rendering University

A step-by-step formula to mastering your presentation skills to build a rewarding career, earn a loyal following, and do work that you're excited about in the world of 3D.

  • The 4 key points needed to get a job in the 3D industry, gain steady clients, and build a loyal following.
  • How to effectively market your work and begin seeing real results
  • Composition & lighting techniques needed to bring power and awe to your renders

You see, 90% of 3D artists barely put any work into their portfolio, leading them to mediocre results. Your competition is lower than you think, and with a few key tweaks to the way you present your work, you can be in the top 10% of 3D artists.

Game Assets

The Hard Surface Game Asset Course 2.0

The game industry is rapidly evolving. In this course, you'll master:

  • Proper hard surface modeling techniques for AAA-quality game assets
  • Our MAD-T framework for hard surface game assets (a tested & proven formula!)
  • The correct way to present your work and build a powerful portfolio

You’ll finish this course with a complete picture of what it takes to create industry-level game assets from scratch, all in just a few hours.

Modeling & Design

The ULTIMATE Guide to Hard Ops & Boxcutter

Hard Ops & Boxcutter are the best hard surface modeling tools on the market. In this course, we'll cover exactly how to use them properly, including:

  • Complete Hard Ops & Boxcutter overview
  • Practical space ship modeling exercise (full tutorial & live training)
  • How to efficiently model in Blender with these amazing addons

This could save you thousands of hours of modeling time. Hop in and get started!

Modeling & Design

SciFi Generator Design in Blender

Creating detailed SciFi designs in Blender is not that difficult. If you focus on the right techniques, you'll achieve some amazing, realistic results. This course will cover:

  • Visual design in 3D, and how to use it to your advantage
  • Shape echoing & detail balance, and why it's so important
  • Efficient hard surface modeling techniques with Hard Ops & Boxcutter

You’ll finish this course with a deeper understanding of how to create your own designs from scratch, without reference images.


The Blender Bros Design Course

The most important aspect you must master as a 3D artist is the art of presentation. Without good presentation skills, your portfolio will be lost in a sea of artists. This course covers:

  • Easy techniques to fix your portfolio and improve your renders
  • The best way to make your portfolio stand out to get clients & jobs
  • A practical visual design exercise, since the visuals of your 3D models matter too!

You’ll finish this course ready to create a kick-ass portfolio and stand out amongst the crowd.

Modeling & Trim Sheets

A-Z Environment Design Using Trim Sheets

Did you know you can create complex-looking environments with very basic modeling skills? Yes, it's true, and the way we do it is by using something called a trim sheet . We'll cover:

  • What trims sheets are and how to create your own from scratch
  • How to create simple, blocky models and turn them into detailed SciFi environments
  • Modular environment creation, so you only have to do the work once

Even if you're a complete beginner, you can create beautiful SciFi environments with this powerful technique. This course will show you exactly how to do it.

Modeling & Design

Concept Environment Masterclass in Blender

Sometimes, we just want to create some cool looking environments without doing a ton of work. That's what this course is all about! We'll cover:

  • How to model and create a simple SciFi environment from scratch.
  • Compositing techniques in Photoshop to make your render super-realistic!
  • Practical lighting & composition techniques to make your work stand out

This is a fun, laid back course, perfect for anyone wanting some quick wins!

Modeling & Design

Hard Surface Drone Design in Blender

Complete beginners need some love too! This course will guide you through the process of creating a SciFi drone in Blender from scratch. We'll cover:

  • Sub-d modeling techniques for curvy, organic shapes
  • A practical workflow perfect for complete beginners & even intermediates!
  • How to take inspiration from nature to create badass SciFi designs from scratch

Beginners & intermediates will love this course!


SciFi Mech Design in Blender

An oldie but a goodie. Our highly popular mech design course was one of our first products to launch, and is still extremely popular amongst many hard surface designers. We cover:

  • Intermediate & advanced hard surface modeling techniques for complex designs
  • The Hard Ops & Boxcutter hard surface modeling addons for efficient modeling
  • How to create amazing composites of your mechs from scratch

This is one of our longest courses, but is packed with powerful information!

Rendering & Presentation

Compositing for 3D Artworks

Being able to present your work and give it that "wow" factor is an incredibly important skill in hard surface modeling. With Photoshop as our weapon of choice, we'll show you:

  • The best way to properly edit & touch-up your renders
  • Composition and framing techniques to achieve amazing imagery
  • How to go from a dull, boring render to a powerful, stunning image

While many are confident with modeling, not many are confident with presentation. This course will fix that!

Rendering & Presentation

Environment Compositing in Blender

Ever seen images that looked like a picture, but were actually created in 3D software? Cool, right? Well, this is exactly what this course covers, including:

  • Techniques for creating photorealistic environments from scratch in Blender
  • Displacement techniques to achieve a natural-looking terrain
  • Touch-up in Photoshop to get a natural, realistic toning for your render

Creating cool SciFi composites is one thing, but photorealism is a completely different beast. Let's learn how to tackle this monster!

UV Unwrapping

Hard Surface Unwrapping in Blender

UV Unwrapping is an essential skill one must master in order to texture their 3D models. Often times, this topic is over-complicated. However, we've developed a simple approach:

  • An easy-to-understand workflow for creating beautiful UV unwraps
  • Island packing techniques for the best possible texture resolution
  • The right way to place seams on your hard surface models

UV Unwrapping is often seen as some scary, boring thing. But it's actually quite fun if you know how to approach it correctly. Let's change that way of thinking!

Modeling & Design

SciFi Helmet Design in Blender

Designing complex pieces using simple shapes is a very valuable skill. In this course, we'll show you how to turn a sphere into an amazing SciFi Helmet. This course will teach you:

  • Hard Ops & Boxcutter Modeling
  • How to deal with artifacts on your mesh and keep it clean
  • Dealing with tricky shading issues on curved surfaces

Dealing with these tricky issues with polygon modeling can be annoying, but with our approach you can clean everything up in just a few minutes.

Modeling & Design

Design a SciFi Truck in Blender

Yup, what you see is real. This course will show you how to create a SciFi truck completely from scratch in Blender. Modeling, Design, rendering - it's all included here!

  • How to balance functional elements with proper form
  • Create amazing renders with powerful composition
  • Hard Ops & Boxcutter Modeling

Designing these intimidating models doesn't have to be difficult - you just have to know the right approach! This included course will teach you how.

Modeling & Design

SciFi Handgun Design in Blender

Weapons are one of the most fun types of models to create in Blender. Make it SciFi and BOOM, you have yourself a badass weapon. This course will teach you:

  • Visual design & detail balance in Blender
  • Modeling techniques for clean shading & efficient workflow
  • Rendering & Composition

We'll show you the entire process - start to finish.

Modeling & Design

SciFi Door Design in Blender

Alien Isolation anyone? Or perhaps Star Citizen? Either way, one of the most popular types of SciFi designs we see in videos games are doors - and they're so fun to make! This course will show you the process of creating your own custom SciFi Door.

  • Blockout & design practices
  • Boolean workflow & effective detail placement
  • Rendering & post-processing

This is personally our favorite one, so dive right in and enjoy the modeling!

Modeling & Design

Recon Cannon Design in Blender

Ok, we'll be honest... a SciFi one wheeler is a weird concept. But we certainly haven't seen this created before, so we whipped up our own! This course will show you how.

  • Wheel & turret blockout & thought process
  • Hard Ops & Boxcutter modeling practices
  • Eevee lighting & rendering workflow

You'll enjoy the endless ideas this one will give you for your own designs!

Decal & Trim Sheet Asset Pack

ULTIMATE Trim Sheet & Decal Bundle

You don't have to model everything on your design - in fact, it's quite the contrary. You can use decals and trim sheets to quickly add detail in seconds. This pack contains:

  • 12 SciFi trim sheets (textured & non-textured)
  • 460 SciFi decals
  • 11 ID Maps for your own custom texturing

All trim sheets & decals are compatible with Decal Machine.

Trim Sheet Creation Tutorial

Trim Sheet Design in Blender

Designing trim sheets can be tricky, but they are so powerful for creating your own custom designs and style. This short tutorial will teach:

  • Trim Sheet design practices
  • How to use decal machine to automatically apply trims
  • How to use the free GrabDoc addon to quickly bake maps for your trims

All trim sheets you create will be compatible with Decal Machine.


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By the way...

We are committed to your education and success in Blender, and we understand this isn't a small decision.

But we are so confident in the material and the mastery it will lead you to that we're offering a 60-day money back guarantee. That's right - if you don't absolutely love or get value out of our content within the first 60 days, we'll refund you every penny.

Our goal is to make you happy and excited to learn Blender, and if we don't deliver on that, we don't deserve your money. You can shoot us an email at [email protected] any time.

That's how confident we are you'll love the Academy. Fair enough?

If so, get started below since you have absolutely no risk in trying out The Hard Surface Academy.


The Hard Surface Academy


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  • The Hard Surface Academy (includes all courses listed above)
  • 60 day money-back guarantee
  • PLATINUM: Includes our 5 popular Coaching Masterclasses ($135 value)








  • The Hard Surface Academy (includes all courses listed above)
  • 60 day money-back guarantee
  • PLATINUM: Includes our 5 popular Coaching Masterclasses ($135 value)




It's simple - if we don't help to get you the results you were looking for, then we don't deserve your money. If you aren’t completely satisfied with The Hard Surface Academy, let us know within the first 60 days for a full refund. We're confident you'll love the material.

Your Instructors


Ponte Ryuurui (Ryuu)

Ponte Ryuurui (Ryuu) is a Tokyo-based multi-genre artist, author and educator. His current focus is on 3D hard surface concept art and creating 3D courses for Blender. Ryuu is also a professional portrait photographer and a certified Master of Japanese Calligraphy with All Japan Calligraphy and Literature Assoication, as well as an author of several books on the subject of Japanese writing systems.

Josh Gambrell

Josh is a 3D hard surface artist, educator, and YouTube who has been using the Blender 3D software for nearly a decade. He has a passion for helping people fulfill their 3D goals and visions, while also providing the necessary resources needed to achieve mastery. You can find his hard surface modeling tutorials on YouTube, where he helps over 140,000 artists master their craft.