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 | 4
Making Of 'King Kittan The Great'

| Your Rating:
rating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star half
(Score 4.25 out of 5 after 4 Votes)
| Comments 1
Date Added: 15th March 2010
Software used:


Hi, my name is Teoh Wei Liat and I am a 3D artist working in Malaysia. I always wanted to create a Sci-fi robot scene and I've had an idea in my mind for some time now. After I watched the Japan anime Gurren lagan, I became interested in the robot design. Therefore I chose one of my favorite characters in the anime called King Kittan.

In addition, I wished to redesign the scene and hoped to create a great environment that would make the robot look great. I spent about one week researching the character and environment online and drawing a sketch of my image.

Refrences & Concept

I tried to find some reference online for the front, side, back and perspective views of the robot. I also took some time to study the gadget and its parts (Fig.01).

Fig. 01

Afterwards, I drew some color, mood and design sketches in Photoshop. The purpose of was to let me have a clear picture of roughly what I was going to achieve in the final image. Before I started the modeling, I did a proxy modeling in Maya. All of this modeling was very low-poly and was just created to match with the concept image and check the perspective and camera angle (Fig.02).

Fig. 02


I started by modeling King Kittan because he was going to be the main subject of my image. I used simple Maya box modeling, tweaked the face, extruded and finally beveled the hard edge. I only modeled half of him and then mirrored this to the other side. Next I decided to add some scratches to some parts because King Kittan has been in a war and so shouldn't be so perfect and clean (Fig.03).

Fig. 03

After the robot, I went back to Photoshop and tried to draw some perspective guidelines and study the composition. Because I wanted people's attention to be on King Kittan, the perspective arrows I planned were actually all pointing out from him. For a better composition, the foreground (blue arrows) guides were all perpendicular with him. I also tweaked the focal length of my camera to 20 (by default it is 35) to achieve a more dynamic perspective, as King Kittan is a giant robot in a big garage (Fig.04).

Fig. 04

continued on next page >

1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Related Tutorials

Making of 'The Princess'

by Marcos Nicacio
published on 2010-04-28

Keywords: character, woman, princess,

rating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star half (6)
Comments 2 Views 78972

Time lapse: Getting Ahead in Goblin Town

by Brett Bean
published on 2016-06-01

Keywords: Sketchbook Pro, Photoshop, Brett bean, character, cartoon

rating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star halfrating star none (3)
Comments 0 Views 12501

Making Of 'Heaven and Hell'

by Don Seegmiller
published on 2009-12-09

Keywords: character, woman, heaven, hell,

rating star nonerating star nonerating star nonerating star nonerating star none (0)
Comments 0 Views 21079

Making Of 'Dinner On The Water'

by Chris Carter
published on 2010-09-09

Keywords: character, animal, crab, water,

rating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star half (7)
Comments 1 Views 74477
Readers Comments (Newest on Top)
Bilal on Mon, 18 March 2013 11:23am
Very beautiful i am amazed. Keep up the good work:)
Add Your Comment..