Exercises Overview

What are Exercises?

Exercises are offered to our Citizen members. They contain a set of instructions, assignment and criteria that should be met by those participating within the exercise. Submissions are then reviewed by the community for peer feedback. 

View available Blender Exercises: https://cgcookie.com/categories/3d/exercises

Why take an exercise? 

It can be simply to break up the day from watching a ton of CG Cookie videos, or something extra to challenge yourself. In the end their meant to test what you've learned and mimic real world scenarios working as a digital artist. 

Exercises mimic real work

At a job or contracting somebody will give you a set of constraints to complete a task, they will then critique and give feedback on what you've submitted. This is the artists way. Exercises are a great practice tool to see how you perform in this scenario.  The only missing component is the time restriction, but that is something you could practice by giving yourself a certain timeframe to complete the exercise. 

🍪 To use the exercise feature, a paid Citizen membership is required. 


Three types of exercises

Exercises could be offered as an image, video and Sketchfab exercise submission type. 

Image Exercises: 

Will require you submit a render or image to the exercise. Images should be less than 2mb in size and follow the criteria set up by the exercise author. 

Video Exercises: 

Some exercises will require you to submit an animation or series of frames to be peer reviewed. CG Cookie currently supports the linking of videos hosted on Vimeo, YouTube and Wistia

SketchFab Exercises: 

A Sketchfab account is required to participate in this exercise. Enter your Sketchfab username (case-sensitive), click the search icon, then select your model. Don't have a Sketchfab account? Signup here for free.

NOTE: Models recently added to SketchFab may not show right away. If you have an issue with a model showing contact Sketchfab Support


The power of exercises, they're community graded 😎

As an artist your work is constantly being judged and critiqued by those around you. Exercises are meant to mimic this. Instructors may also vote on an exercises but due to the vast amount of submissions may not be able to review all of them.

Grading is based on criteria voting by other members

As a member of CG Cookie you're able to build up your feedback giving skills by visiting other members exercise submissions. Offering your impression of their submitted work and constructive citizen or praise to the member.

Once an exercise submission reaches a certain vote threshold, OR a certain amount of days a pass or fail grade will be calculated. At any time you may check on the status of your exercise submission by viewing it and scrolling down to the analytics. 


Exercises F.A.Q.

Will the Instructor directly pass or fail my submission?

As much as we'd like to say yes, due to the amount of submissions Instructors may not be able to vote on all exercises submitted to their content. In the end it is up to the community to vote pass/fail on a submission. 

If there are not enough votes an instructor may pass/fail the submissions at their own discretion. 

Do I get an award for completing an Exercise?

Other than bragging rights? ;) We do offer XP for receiving a passing grade on your Exercise submission.

Where do I manage my exercises?

Head over to your profile page, and click on Exercise Submissions. 

Help my Exercise is not showing up!

This is typically due to using an incorrect URL on a SketchFab based Exercise. Simple head over to manage your exercises and update the URL. When in doubt reach out to support@cgcookie.com.

How many times may I submit an exercise? 

Members can submit multiple times to an exercise. You may view and manage you submissions on a new page connected to the exercise submission. 

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