John M. Blain was born in 1942 in Swindon, Wiltshire in England and emigrated to Canada with his family in 1952. He now lives in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales in Australia.
Drawing and painting were skills John developed from an early age, and while attending school on Vancouver Island he became interested in wood sculpture inspired by the work of the indigenous west coast people. Artistic pursuits were curtailed on graduating from high school when he returned to England to undertake a technical engineering apprenticeship. Following his apprenticeship he worked for a short period in England then made the decision to return to Vancouver, Canada. On the voyage between Southampton and Vancouver he met his wife to be and Vancouver became a stopover for a journey to Sydney Australia. In this new country he began work as an engineering draughtsman, married, had children and studied engineering . The magic milestone of seven years saw John with his young family move out of the city to the coastal town of Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.
Coffs Harbour was a centre for sawmill machinery and John became engaged in machinery design and manufacture. He acquired a sound knowledge of this industry acting as installation engineer then progressed to sales. This work afforded travel throughout Australia and to Canada the United States and New Zealand.
On retirement, artistic pursuits returned with additional interests in writing and computers. Writing notes whilst learning computer animation using Blender resulted in “The Complete Guide to Blender Graphics”. The first edition, published in 2012, was well received and encouraged John to compile a second edition. This third edition of the book updates the contents with the latest version of the Blender program and includes new material.