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Hand Modeling

By Sean Hewitt
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Date Added: 23rd March 2010
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We have one point left to fill the hole. I'm going to add a point by doing a single cut to that last triangle on the thumb, then point snap it to fill the hole up.

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Now you may have noticed this already, but now is a good enough time to point this out. Everything we're modeling is in quads. Meaning that each face has four sides. No triangles and no five sided faces are really here yet (except the bevels we made earlier, but they aren't done.) Why is this? Well, when making high poly models, good change you're going to smooth the geometry later. Quads are going to give you the best results for this. Best results meaning that'll keep your geometry patterns as much as possible. As a guide we try to keep all faces quads, and we try to avoid anything more than 5 pointed stars. Stars are what I reefer to as 5 or more edges come out from a single vert. Much more than that and when you smooth you'll have ever more verts coming from that point. If that area of the model is one that has to deform a lot, a good change that area will create a dimple weather wanted or not.

I say guide here because there's always exceptions. There are certain patterns where 3 and 5 sided face will end up as quads when smoothed, or you may want an area to dimple in motion. The choice is simple guided by the understanding of the results of cutting a certain way. But for now, most of the time quads are you goal.

While we filled up the hole it's still there. Like sheet metal fitted together it won't stick unless it's welded. So we should weld our verts together. Easiest way to do this is select that whole mass (don't worry if you have more verts than what you moved. Just grab that whole area) and lets go to the weld options.

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We're going to set the options to a really low distance. That way only verts that are super close together will be welded to each other.

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(ID: 53182, pid: 0) Joel96 on Tue, 11 October 2011 12:29am
Hi Sean, I went through your tutorial and found it good, but a bit difficult. Can you make a video version of it? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6ogucWv8V0
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