February 8, 2023


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 last end result

Exploring shapes

To be able to get our excellent sleigh we have to incorporate each the Christmas theme in addition to orc shape-language.  We begin by attempting a number of completely different shapes and evaluate them. Right here I check out some playful swirls and mix them with cracks, spikes, and horns. In the long run I determine for quantity three, as a result of it has all the weather I used to be in search of 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 a number of completely different concepts and evaluate them till you discover a becoming design.

Constructing a mannequin

Upon getting 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 wished to make use of this opportunity to enhance my very own abilities in ZBrush and constructed a low-poly mannequin. There is no such thing as a want for subdivisions. Having a low quantity of polygons provides us clear reference factors we will use when drawing on prime 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 prime. Whereas already including a number of particulars I nonetheless attempt to preserve the shapes of the weather so simple as potential. Additionally observe how I saved a number of the angular shapes from the low poly-model with a view to get a extra attention-grabbing really feel.

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Whereas drawing the traces on prime of your rendering attempt to preserve your design clear and readable.

Including particulars

I at all times attempt to work from huge to small. Now the traces of the essential components are achieved 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 massive components, drawing one of many ribbons perspective incorrect gained‘t have an effect on the larger piece by offering a incorrect reference level.

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

Including values

Earlier than we add colours in our subsequent tutorial I would like you to take a second and take into consideration values. We have now a whole lot of completely different small components right here and whereas our first precedence is to make it look cool, our second is to maintain it readable. Attempt a number of various things and see for those who can handle protecting completely different components separate by assigning completely different values to them.

Subsequent time we are going to add colours and create a presentation for our idea.

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As a last step we attempt to give you a set of values that can assist us protecting components of our sleigh visually separated.

Try Gregor Kari’s earlier 3dtotal tutorials: