Heffelumping

I love drawing elephants … They always cheer me up. Making this ele-doodle gave me a smile; hope the little guy gives others a smile too 🙂

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Something fishy

Fish are kind of weird.  I enjoy watching them, wondering what they think about,  as they fly around in their watery world, clouds of colour on flippery wings.

The beautiful colours and iridescence make them fun to draw, whether you’re aiming for a realistic rendering, or a quick, colourful doodle like this one. 🙂

Painting in 3d – Part The Second

So now I’ve done a bit of work on smoothing out the paint and adding some texture to the snail. I’ve also started to add in some relief to the skin surface, and some shine in places – that way he’ll catch the light nicely when he’s moving abut in his virtual world.

I’d better start thinking of snail names…

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Painting in 3d – Part The First

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This picture shows the first pass at painting my snail character. This virtual ‘paint’ job was done mostly in the modelling software, using the built-in painting tools. However, I’ll do more work on this in a separate graphics programme – I find there’s a lot more scope for refinements that way.

This is a pretty rough and ready render of the character – setting up good lighting and camera rigs is an art-form in itself … and something I tend to tackle when all the modelling and painting tasks are done 🙂

Drawing in 3d

I’ve decided I’ll spend some time concentrating on 3d modelling. Okay, so it’s not exactly drawing – but, then again, it is too.

As well as modelling and sculpting your item in 3d space, it needs painting, texturing, specular maps and so on…it’s a pretty layered process that combines technical and artistic requirements in a way I enjoy.

But then, I am a nerd.

This is the basic character model I’ll be working on this week – it’s based on one of my favourite doodle subjects! When he’s finished, I’ll rig him for animation…even more fun 🙂

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