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 'Enforcer'

| Your Rating:
rating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star full
(Score 5 out of 5 after 3 Votes)
| Comments 2
Date Added: 9th December 2009
Software used:

I modelled the pistol, grenades and knife with the same kind of approach. Weapons were UV-mapped in the same fashion as the other objects (Fig.11 - detailed weapons).

Fig. 12

Detailing the Meshes

The fun part began here! I exported all of the parts separately and sculpted all deformations and shape details in ZBrush. When I was done with the detailing, I baked the displacement maps in ZBrush and applied them directly to level 0 or 1 subdivision of the base meshes in 3ds Max. I painted away any baked artefacts in Photoshop (Fig.12 - detailed character clothing geometry).

Fig. 13

Texturing Fabrics & Mechanical Parts

First I set up a temporary scene where I baked AO maps for parts that I thought would need them (Fig.13 & 14 - AO & baked).

Fig. 14
Fig. 15

I started with the fabric for clothing and accessories, as I felt this would be the hardest part to get a nice looking material that would work fine in close-ups, too. I started digging my closets at home, looking for various materials that I could scan - camera bags, old military belts and T-shirts. I then scanned them in at high resolution, after carefully flattening and tightening the material under a large book. This way I was able to get very neat textures that had even lighting and no lens curvature, blur or optical artefacts (Fig.15 - scanned textures).

Fig. 16

Next I made the textures tile-able. After this I made normal maps and displacement maps for the canvas materials in CrazyBump (beta version - I really need some money to buy the final version!). Stitches and dirt were made with separate texture layers so that I could achieve good, detailed fabric patterns in close-ups too, without wasting too much memory (Fig.16 - stitch setup; Fig.17 - stitch map setup, similar for colour, displace and other channels; Fig.18 - textures for mechanical parts).

Fig. 17

Fig. 18

Fig. 19

Texturing Skin

Colour textures for the skin were created in Photoshop, mostly painted, and I also used some noise and skin patterns from photo material (Fig.19 - head textures). The majority of the skin details originated from the displacement map of the head, which I processed with levels, and after that I ran a high pass filter on it to get neat skin details. I then overlaid this image on top of a pretty low resolution colour layer. This saved me the hassle of creating a bump map, too, as I used displacement to render all the high frequency "bump" details (Fig.20 - head displacement map).

Fig. 20

Fig. 21

< previous page continued on next page >

1 | 2 | 3
Related Tutorials

Making Of 'Enforcer'

by Olli Sorjonen
published on 2010-09-21

Keywords: character, soldier, marine, man, gun, army,

rating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star half (11)
Comments 1 Views 51640

Making Of 'The Cursed Pirate'

by Rohan Oka
published on 2009-12-09

Keywords: character, scene, creature, man, woman, pirate,

rating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star full (1)
Comments 0 Views 50537

bhGhost: Creating Animation Outlines with Onion Skinning/Ghosting Tool for Maya

by Brian Horgan
published on 2012-10-31

Keywords: onion skinning, character, ghosting, animation,

rating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star full (20)
Comments 5 Views 53126

Character Head Modeling

by Mark Harrison-Ball
published on 2009-06-22

Keywords: character, head, modeling, max,

rating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star full (4)
Comments 3 Views 34585
Readers Comments (Newest on Top)
Tsuka on Tue, 29 April 2014 12:31am
I agree with macin.. if you wanna distribute a tutorial... you should offer an tutorial..
Macin on Sun, 25 December 2011 7:26pm
This isnt a Tutorial. a tutorial is step-by-step instructions on how to create it. This is how you made the final piece, not how you got there.
Add Your Comment..