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Making Of ' Makes Me Fly'

By Adrien Castel
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Date Added: 1st September 2011
Software used:
3ds Max, Photoshop


Hi, my name is Adrien Castel and I'm a 3D generalist at a studio based near Bordeaux in France. I made this illustration for my girlfriend. She's the kind of girl who makes you want to become someone better so that's why the idea was that she makes my fly!


As reference I used a little character I'd designed for an art toy, whose name is Buddy. As you can see in Fig.01, he's a simple shaped character with a round head. Thanks to that I've been able to turn him into several different characters, simply by changing colors and adding a few details (now the game is working out who's who!) For this particular illustration I wanted him to have better proportions - as you can see, the head is slightly smaller than in the reference.

Fig. 01


As the character was really simple, modeling the basic shape was not a very time-consuming. You can see in Fig.02 that I used a basic rig with biped to make the posing. Rigging was slower than modeling but I had to add some details to make it look better (Fig.03). I used the Array tool for zipper and the Loft tool for the scarf.

Fig. 02

Fig. 03

To sculpt the hair (Fig.04), I used the Loft tool again. I really like this tool because it's easy to use and great for organic modeling.

Fig. 04

As you can see in Fig.05, I used the same technique to sculpt the clouds: one spline for the direction and three shapes to make the creamy look. I also played with the scale deformation to make it look better.

Fig. 05

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(ID: 208725, pid: 0) Andree Montenegro on Thu, 25 July 2013 8:46pm
Wow! just.. Wow! its amazing!
(ID: 197771, pid: 0) Jonny on Thu, 16 May 2013 10:14am
I love 3D like this, great style. Awesome piece =D.
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(ID: 143068, pid: 924692) Reenukamal (Forums) on Thu, 23 August 2012 2:51pm
Amazing work... Definitely will share at [url][/url]
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(ID: 140369, pid: 923717) Eydi (Forums) on Sun, 12 August 2012 10:22pm
nice work! :)
(ID: 139611, pid: 0) RepulSeer on Thu, 09 August 2012 9:17am
Nice work, Not everyday you see a person make something with simple tools be this good !
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(ID: 50278, pid: 873438) Biteny (Forums) on Fri, 16 September 2011 4:31am
Looks simple but great!
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(ID: 49812, pid: 873205) Sm3cK (Forums) on Wed, 14 September 2011 6:30pm
Cool I'm glad you like it ! Thanks for your encouragements :)If you have any questions , feel free to ask me ^^
(ID: 49702, pid: 0) Polycarbon on Mon, 12 September 2011 1:06pm
good stuff with simple tools.. remember playing with the loft tool back in the day, but these days its zbrush or robots :P think ill have another go and se how far I can push some of the classic tools in Max.. again nice work..
(ID: 49605, pid: 0) Mauricio on Sat, 10 September 2011 6:07pm
Great job!
(ID: 49548, pid: 0) Boxek on Fri, 09 September 2011 6:30pm
Figure 3 is one of the best tutorials in a pic i've seen =)
(ID: 49274, pid: 0) Christopher on Mon, 05 September 2011 6:14pm
:D woooow... nice work dude !!!! awesome
(ID: 49261, pid: 0) Jean Cavalcante on Mon, 05 September 2011 3:03pm
Amazing work Adrien!
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