Keep up-to-date with Free tutorials!!


Sign up to our twice-monthly newsletter today for the latest tutorials, interviews and product information.

Sign me up to receive third-party emails from 3dtotal's partners, too!

- Latest news
- Exclusive Shop Offers
- Preview early content
- Plus much more


Not Ready to take that step? OK, Why not just Subscribe to the RSS Feed

submit tutorial
1 | 2 | 3
Making Of ' Setubal Beach'

| Your Rating:
rating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star full
(Score 4.83 out of 5 after 18 Votes)
| Comments 7
Date Added: 14th February 2011
Software used:


Hello! My name is Douglas Shimada, I'm 24 years old and I live in São Paulo, Brazil. This work is part of a demo reel I am doing as a course completion assignment for Melies - Cinema and Animation School.

My objective was to do a realistic external scene, where I could study organic material and light. I've divided the Making Of in sections so it is more organized - these are: modeling, texturing, light and post-production.


First of all I modeled all the scene objects in Softimage XSI, starting with the boat (Fig.01) and then the background objects (Fig.02), always prioritizing models with the least polygon number possible, so all the details could be made using maps, such as displacement and bump. The sea is a really big grid and the sand was separated into three grids so I could have more control when I textured it (Fig.03).

Fig. 01

Fig. 02

Fig. 03

I also created some pebbles and sticks, so the sand would look dirtier. I used simple geometry because there are over 2500 of those pebbles in scene, so if it was a high poly model the scene would be too heavy and hard to render.

I created three different pebble models, duplicated it and then spread it through the sand grid (Fig.04 - 05).

Fig. 04

Fig. 05

continued on next page >

1 | 2 | 3
Related Tutorials

Making Of 'The Lantern'

by Khadyko Vladimir
published on 2012-11-15

Keywords: scene, object, lantern, light,

rating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star half (37)
Comments 2 Views 113272

Speed Painting 'Cracking Earth'

by Justin Albers
published on 2009-09-15

Keywords: scene, explosion, rocket, aircraft, rubble,

rating star nonerating star nonerating star nonerating star nonerating star none (0)
Comments 0 Views 29437

Painting Steampunk Environments - Chapter 1

by Chee Ming Wong
published on 2012-09-17

Keywords: scene, steampunk, fantasy,

rating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star full (1)
Comments 0 Views 30314

Making Of 'Night of May 6th'

by Aleksandar Jovanovic
published on 2010-08-31

Keywords: scene, night, village, cafe,

rating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star half (12)
Comments 6 Views 304189
Readers Comments (Newest on Top)
Luis Lopes on Mon, 13 June 2011 12:51pm
Amazing work. By the way, i found some information concerning to Setúbal, Portugal at the Portugal Dream Coast website. .
Bruno Guerreiro on Fri, 18 February 2011 10:28am
Beautifully executed! Nunca vi a praia de Setúbal tão bem ;) Congratulations Douglas!
Hendrik Van Heek on Tue, 15 February 2011 6:30am
Thanks for this great making-of! Excellent result!
Mohinder on Mon, 14 February 2011 10:48pm
Great image but a very vague desciption of how it was done.
Ramon on Mon, 14 February 2011 6:46pm
Nice! Thanks!
Leo Sakamoto on Mon, 14 February 2011 3:25pm
Great tutorial! Congratulations young master!:)
Alexandre Sokabe on Mon, 14 February 2011 2:48pm
Very cool man! Nice job!
Add Your Comment..