Based on another excellent concept from David Revoy, this training is set out to provide an in-depth look at an intense modeling workflow of a Sci-Fi vehicle. The amount of detail we will be modeling is both intimidating and exciting! If you take a look at the couple preview images below you will see what I mean. No tutorial on Blender Cookie has ever reached this amount of detail.
In this series we are taking an exclusive look at modeling only, thus we will be going for more in depth than usual.
Starting out we will be taking a look at the concept and modeling sheets done by David Revoy. Then we will move on to go over each section of the training series, demoing the model as it progresses with each chapter. This introduction is meant to give you some guidance in the planning stages to show how the modeling process works and how we will be handling each major task.
1. Concept art
2. Modeling sheets
3. Modeling Process
01 Blocking the Forms
The first step in the series is to set up our modeling sheets, as blueprints of sorts, to ease the modeling process. Doing this will enable us to easily model the vehicle without constantly needing to check the reference. Just soon as the modeling sheets are in place well move on to blocking in all the major forms of the vehicle. This stage allows us to get a good grasp on the volumes and silhouette of the vehicle, which is very important to the final appearance of the model. Taking these steps early on will provide a much smoother modeling workflow with less need to fix the shape later on.
1. Setting up the modeling sheets
2. Creating the basic shapes
3. Refining the silhouette
4. Separating the pieces and distinguishing pieces
02 Blocking the Details
With the blocking section leaving us with a great base to start detailing we now jump in to begin the initial detailing of the vehicle. This means blocking in all the major details across the board to continue working with the form of the vehicle. This section heavily emphasizes focus on topology, particularly on laying out all the initial topology to enable a clean model later on.
1. Blocking the front section detail
2. Blocking the mid section detail
3. Blocking the wings detail
4. Blocking the back and tail detail
03 Detailing the Front
Now that all of the blocking is complete, both of the main vehicle forms and major details, we can begin doing the small detail modeling along the front section. This includes things like modeling the
windshield, lights, vents, paneling, etc. At this stage the modeling is quite intensive and so we focus on one piece at a time.
1. Detailing the cockpit windshield
2. Detailing the Nose and Paneling
3. Detailing the Bottom
04 Detailing the Mid Section
Starting out we pick up where the previous chapter left off to continue modeling the details. In this chapter we focus on mid section. Throughout the whole process we continually focus on the techniques to effectively model all the details in the paneling and engine while maintaining good, clean topology.
1. Creating the paneling
2. Modeling the engine
05 Detailing the Wings
Moving on from the engine, we finish off the wings by first detailing the wing paneling, adjusting it all to fit together and create clean details. Then we go in and detail the propellers and surrounding areas.
1. Detailing the wing paneling
2. Detailing between the wings
3. Detailing the propellers
06 Detailing the Tail Section
After finishing the wings we pick up here to model the details around the rear section of our vehicle. This includes modeling the tail length and tail fin area details.
1. Modeling the front of the tail
2. Modeling the middle of the tail
3. Modeling the tail fin
07 Modeling the Cockpit Interior
With the exterior complete on the vehicle we now move inside to model the interior of the cockpit. The interior details are not quite as detailed as the exterior but set out to provide a good indication of the inner components when viewed through the windshield. As always this chapter focuses on creating efficient and effective topology.
1. Blocking the interior
2. Detailing the interior