To start off I'd like to learn how to model a wooden rectangle.
I know how to manipulate the object and get the shape I want but I really don't know how to get the texture of wood. The look I'm hoping to achieve is a wood that has a glossy finish over it. Maybe I'm taking the complete incorrect approach to this, but as of now I have a simple rectangle and am very open to suggestions!
(The following is an explanation on what I'm doing if you're curious) I was given the opportunity to make an animation for a school, and am starting to just now get into animation and graphic design and need some help starting this.
I've been using the Blender to make things like HD animations by making a 'cartoony' looking fire affect rolling off of letters. I now would like to have a wooden background and have a fire carve the kids names into the wood.