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Software used: Modelling: 3D studio max 2014 Texture baking: xNormal Textures: Adobe Photoshop 3D preview Another week, so I have another lowpoly model – Colt 1911. Workflow was identical with my Tommy gun model (Create high poly version > create lowpoly > bake textures > paint texutres ), except 1 detail. For baking maps I’ve used xNormal, instead of 3Ds max baking feature. xNormal is great little utility for baking all kind of maps not just normal and AO. And also it is capable convertor between types of textures (tangent-space normal map to cavity map, ordinary photos to normal map…) and realtime 3D viewer. Best thing about xNormal is the price – it’s free ! So here are the pictures: Next time, we will do some viking stuff ! Download model [wpdm_file id=3]
3D preview In pursuit of getting better in 3ds max lowpoly modelling and UV mapping I paid for Digital Tutors membership and tried one of many their tutorials on this subject. When I saw tutorial Build a tommy gun for use in game by Maciej Jura I knew I must try it. I must say, that Maciej did very good job with explaing simple and also advanced stuff. It’s complete guide to make game-ready weapon from scratch complete with textures. It suitable for beginners, so I skipped some parts and did some parts by myself, differently from Maciej. But result was unbelievable. I never thought I am capable of something like this. Well it’s not 100% perfect, it has it’s flaws in normal map, but I am pretty satified with result. See for yourself. One thing I thought I finally learn from this tutorial was how to avoid seams when creating textures, Unfortunetaly, this tutorial doesn’t explain nor do seamless texturing. Download model here: [wpdm_file id=4]
In the middle of exam season I remembered, that I haven’t finished my Skoda Fabia. And because I had so much learning for exams, naturally I had to finish it now. Modelling was pretty easy, except headlights, which I screw up every time. I used polygonal modelling as always (I am afraid of NURBS and other things which has anything in common with splines). And studio render. Studio render whould be final for this model, but this time I wanted to take it step further. So I started building this little scene. And render with materials But the scene looked bit empty, even on reflection you can see, there is not much to reflect. So I added some details to the scene. Now this looks much better, so with this setup I have made final render in vray with standard settings: GI on Primary bounces: Irradiance map (medium quality) Secondary bounces: Brute force AO on HDRI for environment and ambient lightning Depth of field on Displacement edge length 4 pixels Resolution 720p Get it on CGTrader.com
This time I tried some organic modelling. This was pretty out of my reach for the time being, so the results are pretty poor :D. It was my aim to test myself, if I am ready to start with organic modelling and results are clear. I think I should stick with non-organic modelling for a while. This was my plan: Study anatomy of ladybug Draw “blueprints” and some scene with ladybug Model base mesh in 3Ds MAX Load up base mesh in mudbox and add detailing and textures, then export normal maps and color maps. Load it up again in 3Ds MAX and render it with vray Here are pictures of progress: Here is turntable video of mudbox sculpting result:
Another week, another model car model. This is last car model in near future. Next time I will try to make something more organic. Used classic method of polygonal modelling from 2 tubes for fenders and so on. Here are some pictures from progress: I didn’t do it in 2 days, I just didn’t do any screenshots. Whole thing took me about one week of lazy work, every day few hours. It could have been done in 2-3 days. Next time I will be doing some organic work with insect, so stay tuned. Buy on CGTrader.com
This time I chose to make Ford Focus Mk I as another practice of modelling. I own this car, so it was little bit easier than I though in the beginning. I made decision to make “high” poly model ( high in quotes, because, it’s not that detailed as it should, but it isn’t also low poly). I tried to make it piece by piece, independently, just to try out this method. It was pretty easy model, not sure if because of new method or the fact I know this car from bottom to top. But anyway, here is my progress: Here is the detail of wheel: And final mesh: Testing HDRi. And here is the final render: Overall I am pretty pleased with model, only thing which I don’t like are headlights, I couldn’t model it as I wanted, so they are pretty bad. But hey, I am still learning. Next practice model is Skoda Felicia.
In this tutorial I will show you method, which I used to create wheels in my previous project Lada Niva. You need to download side photo of wheel from here. This is beginner tutorial, so every step has image and is described as detailed as possible. Final result: LET’S GET STARED ! We need to check dimension of image, so we can create later plane with exact sides ratio. Create plane with sides exactly as image you downloaded. Move it to 0 on y and z axis and for example 30 units on x axis (this is because our wheel will be in center, so it could not collide with it). Now hit M key to open material editor. Drag standard material into the view and double-click it. Click on the square next to diffuse color as shown on image bellow. This will set diffuse texture. Then select Bitmap from Standard maps and browse for your download image. Right click your material and tick “Show Shaded Material in Viewport” and “Show Realistic Material in Viewport”. This will make texture visible in viewports. From default they are not visible. Select your object, right-click your material and click “Assign Material to…
I have decided to continue learning modelling after 5 year pause. As my first “comeback” model, just to remember all the things I forgot, I have chosen old Lada Niva. Below you can see what I got after few hours. From beginning it should be low-poly model for game, but later I decided to make high-poly mode, which made it little bit more difficult than expected. Below is the first render of complete car. I wasn’t very happy with result, lots of non-smooth areas. After I changed my mind to make high poly model, it was essential to make some serious changes about textures. Below you can see my first experiment with bump-mapped transparent headlight instead of plain texture. And final form of headlight is below. Next thing to change were wheels, which were originally just textured tubes. First model looked like this: But I wasn’t very happy with tread and sidewall so I made tread deeper and more off side. Here is final version of wheel: And here you can take look at final mesh of car: For rendering I made simple studio scene with 3 lights (main, fill and backlight): And here is final render, which…