Christmas character design problem: a festive orc – half 2 · 3dtotal · Study | Create


Last time we used lines in order to create our orc character, this time I want to start with shapes in order to get our sleigh. We will then take our favorite idea and create a quick 3D model from it using ZBrush or any 3D software you prefer. This will be the base for our neat line drawing. We‘ll draw the big shapes first and then take our time and add a few extra details in order to add some Christmas-flavor to our design.

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Our remaining end result

Exploring shapes

So as to get our excellent sleigh we have to incorporate each the Christmas theme in addition to orc shape-language.  We begin by attempting just a few completely different shapes and examine them. Right here I check out some playful swirls and mix them with cracks, spikes, and horns. In the long run I resolve for quantity three, as a result of it has all the weather I used to be on the lookout for however with none pointless extras. Readability is at all times key, particularly when having in thoughts that we’re planning to fill our sleigh with presents and ornament.

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Check out just a few completely different concepts and examine them till you discover a becoming design.

Constructing a mannequin

After you have your design, take it to your favourite 3D software program and use it as a reference with a view to create a fast mannequin. I used ZModeler in ZBrush as a result of I needed to make use of this opportunity to enhance my very own expertise in ZBrush and constructed a low-poly mannequin. There isn’t a want for subdivisions. Having a low quantity of polygons provides us clear reference factors we are able to use when drawing on high later.

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Utilizing ZModeler it solely took me half an hour with a view to get a neat preview of my sleigh.

Drawing the sleigh

Again in Photoshop I take the picture I rendered in ZBrush and draw on high. Whereas already including just a few particulars I nonetheless attempt to hold the shapes of the weather so simple as attainable. Additionally observe how I saved among the angular shapes from the low poly-model with a view to get a extra fascinating really feel.

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Whereas drawing the strains on high of your rendering attempt to hold your design clear and readable.

Including particulars

I at all times attempt to work from large to small. Now the strains of the essential parts are executed and the enjoyable half can start: Including the element. You don‘t must assemble the attitude for each single ribbon however take your time for every of them. As a result of we already outlined the big parts, drawing one of many ribbons perspective mistaken received‘t have an effect on the larger piece by offering a mistaken reference level.

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Including the ornament will flip our car into a correct Christmas sleigh.

Including values

Earlier than we add colours in our subsequent tutorial I need you to take a second and take into consideration values. We’ve numerous completely different small parts right here and whereas our first precedence is to make it look cool, our second is to maintain it readable. Attempt just a few various things and see when you can handle holding completely different parts separate by assigning completely different values to them.

Subsequent time we’ll add colours and create a presentation for our idea.

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As a remaining step we attempt to give you a set of values that can assist us holding parts of our sleigh visually separated.

Take a look at Gregor Kari’s earlier 3dtotal tutorials: