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 'Bad Dream'

| Your Rating:
rating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star halfrating star none
(Score 3.33 out of 5 after 3 Votes)
| Comments 0
Date Added: 9th December 2009
Software used:
First of all I want you to know that this image was created for a competition, the goal of which was Lighting & Rendering Atmosphere.

As this is a making of article, I'm not gonna cover every step of the whole process. I assume you have some basic knowledge of 3D in general, and basic to intermediate level for all the 3ds max users.

First I created my concept sketch to focusing better on my idea for the challenge. I wanted to play most with the lightening and atmosphere so i concentrated more on that. The baby in the scene was used to give more expression to the whole situation.

For me it's better to start modelling from simple shapes, using the box modelling technique. So I started modelling the head from a simple box. It's better to study your model first and find how many divisions the box needs to get the look of the face better and faster. That's why I recommend to always start with the simplest shape, and adding details gradually.

Stage 1
Stage 2

Stage 3
Stage 4

A very important fact to consider is the modeling flow. I'm talking about the way you build the surface; edge loops/edge rings.

Ok, after dividing the box several times, I converted it to a editable poly, and started adding details. Although I was dealing with a complex organic modeling, the tools I've used were very few. 3ds max has a very robust polygon toolset. 90-95% of the work was done using 2 or 3 tools.( cut, extrude, bevel, weld). Cutting here and there, I've modeled the face of my character. I built the mask using surface patch technique. Drawing splines first, and than adding the surface modifier.

Stage 5
Stage 6

Stage 7
Stage 8

Stage 9
Stage 10

Using the method above, I started modelling the body. Starting from a simple shape/ turning to poly/ and adding detail with the tools I've mentioned before.


continued on next page >

1 | 2 | 3
Related Tutorials

La Ruelle Lighting: Fog / Mist (Damp) At Night-Time

by Andrzej Sykut
published on 2011-04-18

Keywords: scene, street, alley, light, mist,

rating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star half (30)
Comments 4 Views 166953

Joan of Arc: Accessories

by Michel Roger
published on 2009-12-17

Keywords: character, modeling, joan, arc,

rating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star half (5)
Comments 0 Views 53436

Making Of 'Hoggle'

by Ken Brilliant
published on 2009-12-09

Keywords: character, creature, human, head, face, hoggle,

rating star nonerating star nonerating star nonerating star nonerating star none (0)
Comments 0 Views 86545

Cartoon Critters: How to Stylize and Create Animals - Armadillo

by Jose Alves da Silva
published on 2013-05-17

Keywords: character, cartoon, critter, creature,

rating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star full (45)
Comments 5 Views 237974
Readers Comments (Newest on Top)
no comments!
No comments yet. Be the first to comment!
Add Your Comment..