The Christmas of The Little Snowmen – half 3 · 3dtotal · Be taught | Create


And at last we’re right here! It’s time to ending the illustration with some lighting ideas, additional particulars, and the submit manufacturing course of. To begin, we’ll add additional particulars as a result of sure… we have to add them for the aim of serving to the illustration. After that we’ll start the lighting.

To complete, we’ll retouch in Procreate to have our last illustration prepared!

And extra particulars…

I used to be near ending and beginning with the lighting course of, however I could not get proud of the composition – possibly the illustration wanted extra Christmas decorations. I considered uncommon props we are able to discover on this season, and the enormous candies was a good suggestion. With the mannequin prepared I wanted to compose my picture once more, maintaining in thoughts the pure composition instructions, however now including some variations within the rotation and course of the sweet canes to offer dynamism.

Even when you’ve gotten completed your composition, return and examine it along with your moodboard, it may possibly show you how to to seek out extra parts so as to add.

First lighting

We’ll begin to create our lighting! Like the opposite steps, we have to consider the aim of every mild. Creating illumination isn’t solely placing down random lights, every mild has a motive to exist, that’s the reason I level out every sort of sunshine and its course.

When we now have the final shadows prepared (HDRI) it’s time to begin with the lights, usually we’ll begin with a solar mild (proper) which may help us to visualise our secondary shadows too. On the identical time would be the mild with extra incidence within the normal scene. It’s regular for this mild to create arduous shadows too, however we’ll repair it by including one other mild (circle left) to the scene to scale back these shadows. The additional lights (traces) have the perform to mark the form of our objects, the tree, and home.

The form lights (traces) have the aim to separate every component to the background.

Lighting particulars

Even when the sunshine works by maintaining the eye on our focus, there’s an empty area on the backside. You may see the distinction with the quantity of sunshine in each locations, and that may be a distracting issue within the illustration.

Fixing it was one of many hardest components as a result of I wanted so as to add lights to that a part of the composition, however it may possibly’t be a random mild. For consistency I considered extra vacation lights, however a special coloration. On the time of including it I attempted to make use of them like guides in direction of the course of my focus, serving to me with the cable too.

Making a path with lights is usually a good strategy to information the eyes to our focal zone, so long as they’re discreet.


Really the characters weren’t an issue to me, as a result of I knew what could be my protagonists since my first idea. The snowman was the primary of the characters to be created, it’s precisely a snowman however a bit “chubby.” The unique thought was to create regular snow characters, however the reality of “cute” got here after I reworked them to snow children, translating the widespread traits of children in winter, into snow children. The colours are based mostly on Huey, Dewey, and Louie, however to the Latin-American folks, Hugo, Paco, and Luis.

Many instances I like to recommend having a moodboard for the environmental artwork and one other for the character artwork, let your self be impressed by the characters of your favourite artist, even be influenced by different varieties of characters, all the things can work.

Character lighting

If we take the choice so as to add a number of characters we have to know that characters’ lighting? As a result of a personality has a particular place in an illustration. He’ll turn out to be the protagonist, and our process shall be to discover a strategy to separate it from the remainder of the weather.

Within the first picture you’ll be able to see our characters within the scene, with out lighting to separate them from the background. Now add lights, usually behind our characters, to focus on, however watch out the place you add your lights. Attempt it to be close to different emissive objects that can add coherence – in my case I put it under the road lights.

Character lighting can actually make a giant distinction, however be delicate with them.

Last render

Earlier than rendering, I believed I wanted extra Christmas spirit, as a result of even after I thought the illustration was prepared, I felt uncomfortable with the element. I solely added some particulars like Christmas globes and little door decorations.

With my adjustments made, I rendered it whereas I used to be enjoying Solitaire (I misplaced), and when the picture was prepared, I modified to a Composition window, including two essential nodes, “Glare,” in ghost possibility, and “Lens Distortion.” Belief in me, it makes the distinction.

The composition window shall be your greatest good friend as a result of it’s going to add a particular look to your last renders.


I keep in mind from a convention a very long time in the past, a picture isn’t completed if we don’t make give it a post-production course of. Why is that this essential? As a result of we are able to add the little touches to make the distinction between a superb or dangerous environment.

In my picture, utilizing Procreate, I fastened the colour and saturation, and the sunshine curves, however a very powerful, I added some results just like the snow, and I used solely 3 planes to do it; two out of focus so as to add depth and one in focus.

And after of many hours, our illustration is finished!

The post-production is key, remember it. You will have the ultimate temper management on this course of.

Prime tip 1: Take some relaxation from work

We’re not robots, we’d like relaxation. Rise up off the chair, stroll, and take some water; this can assist us to work in a greater means and take care of our well being

Prime tip 2: If you happen to’re caught…

I gained’t lie you, I used to be caught for some moments of the illustration, however take it simple, go t play, learn a e book, watch a collection, something to distract you. Our thoughts wants work in passive mode too.