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In this blog I'd like to share my free video tutorials with you. Most of my tutorials are about hard surface modeling, SDS modeling, and modeling using splines. I hope you'll enjoy the tutorials!

 

 

 

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SDS Excercise 07 (Full Tutorial)

SDS Excercise 07 (Full Tutorial)   In SDS excercise number 7 we continue practicing modelling with subdivision surfaces. Once again I am using an object from a free kitbash library as a reference.     If you want to give it a shot, you can download the project file here:    https://www.dropbox.com/s/dc8s66og7z2v9po/SDS Excercise 007 start file.7z?dl=0   I hope you like the video. As usual, thank you very much for watching!    

HSE 03: Detailed SciFi Floor Panel

HS Excercise 03: Detailed SciFi Floor Panel:   In this 3.5 hour tutorial we will be modeling a highly detailed scifi floor panel. The object is based on a model from a kitbash set by Vitaly Bulgarov:    https://vitalybulgarov.com/3d-kitbash/sci-fi-floor-panels   We will be building a clean mesh from scratch, starting from a simple plane. I will show you my approach to modeling hard surface details, and how I integrate areas with lots of details into areas with little or no details.    You can download a project with three Cinema 4D files we will be using: start_file.c4d, detail_01.c4d, and detail_02.c4d:    https://www.dropbox.com/s/0fvv48a5n0whsgq/Project files.7z?dl=0   I hopy you will enjoy the tutorial. Thank you for watching!   Cheers,
Contrafibbularities          

SDS Excercise 07 (Time Lapse Version)

In SDS excercise number 7 we continue practicing modelling with subdivision surfaces. Once again I am using an object from a free kitbash library as a reference. This is a fairly quick and simple one. Currently there only is this 4-minute time lapse version of the tutorial.    If you want to give it a shot, you can download a reference image for modelling here:    https://www.dropbox.com/s/9y2kfwef6t0zv4g/SDS Excer 007 ref image.png?dl=0   I rendered the reference image with an alpha channel. If you add it to your background, switch "Alpha" to "Normal" in your viewport settings.   I hope you like the video. As usual, thank you very much for watching!   Cheers, contrafibbularities    
 

HS Excercise 2: Brick Fence

In this 60-minute tutorial we will be modelling a section of a brick fence based on a reference image I found on Shutterstock.    If you want to give it a try, you can download the reference image I used from Shutterstock:   https://www.shutterstock.com/de/image-vector/garden-gateway-stone-pillars-forged-gate-160566293?src=DA1vBCj9XqyI0J2CPl2q1w-1-23   There also is a time lapse version of this tutorial, I've already posted that in my blog here at the Cafe.   I hope you'll enjoy the tutorial. Thank you very much for watching!   Cheers, contrafibbularities     ,      
 

HS Excercise 2 (Time Lapse): Brick Fence

In hard surface modelling excercise number 2 we will be modelling a section of a brick fence. Currently there only is this time lapse version of the tutorial. I am planning on doing a full tutorial with voice over within the next couple of weeks, hopefully.    If you want to give it a try yourself, you can download the reference image I used at Shutterstock:    https://www.shutterstock.com/de/image-vector/garden-gateway-stone-pillars-forged-gate-160566293?src=DA1vBCj9XqyI0J2CPl2q1w-1-23    I hope you'll enjoy the tutorial. Thank you very much for watching!   Cheers, contrafibbularities      
 

SDS Excercise 06 (Full tutorial)

Subdivision Surface Excercise 06: One more sphere...   In this 65-minute tutorial we'll have a look at sub-d modelling one more spherical object. This sphere has four big holes evenly distributed across its surface, plus a couple of smaller ones to make the object look more interesting.   The goal, as usual, is to create clean geometry without any triangles and N-gons.    In the video I'm using the "Even Distribution" script, which is part of the HB Modelling Bundle. If you don't have that plugin, here's a project file that you can use. The file contains the object after using the "Even Distribution" script:    https://www.dropbox.com/s/6tlf6fvdh29b9aq/sds excercise 06 project file.c4d?dl=0   There also is a time lapse version of this tutorial. If you prefer to watch that, please check my blog to find it.     Enjoy the video! If you have any questions, please feel free to post a comment or send me a message, and I'll be happy to help if I can.   Thank you very much for watching this tutorial!   Cheers, contrafibbularities  
 

Modelling Pipe Connections

Here's a couple of older tutorialsI did on modelling various pipe connections. For the sake of completeness I'm also posting an ancient video I recorded on using one of Jürgen Meier's free plugins (Cylinder-Cylinder-II). That one was recorded in R9, but as far as the plugin is concerned, everything still works the same way in current C4D releases, so the videos might be interesting for some of you.    You can get the Cylinder-to-Cylinder-II plugin here: http://www.3d-meier.de/   Hope you enjoy the videos and find them useful. Enjoy, and thanks for watching!   Cheers, contrafibbularities   1) Modelling a T-connection pipe in Cinema 4D:      2) Modeling pipe connections in Cinema 4D - Connecting pipes that have different diameters     3) Modeling a Y-onnection pipe in Cinema 4D     4) Modeling a pipe connection in Cinema 4D - Welding cylinders together       5) Modeling Pipe Connections in Cinema 4D with Jürgen Meier’s Cylinder-to-Cylinder Plugin (6 video lessons)                  
 

SDS Excercise 06: One more sphere... TL

Subdivision Surface Excercise 06: One more sphere...
(Time Lapse Version)   In subdivision surface excercise number 6 we will model another sphere. This one has four big holes evenly distributed across its surface, plus a number of small ones to add some interesting detail.   There currently only is this time lapse version of the tutorial. I don't know yet if I'll do a full tutorial with narration on this one. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to ask!   I hope you like the video. Thank you very much for watching!   Cheers, contrafibbularities    
 

SDS Excercise 05: Holes in Sphere

In subdivision surface excercise No. 05 we will take a look at one way of putting some holes into a sphere.    In this video I am using a plugin by C4DZone called "Quadcaps". You can buy it for app. 5 Euros here:   http://www.c4dzone.com/en/shop/plug-ins-17/quadcaps-1-0-255.htm   For those of you who don't have the plugin I have uploaded a project file with the finished object:   https://www.dropbox.com/s/ltd8tu8stu1pbk2/SDS excercise 05 project file.c4d?dl=0   You will only need this project file for the second object I'm showing almost at the end of the tutorial.    A time lapse version of the tutorial is available on  as well.    Enjoy! Thanks for watching!        
 

SDS Excercise 04: Shader Ball (Full)

Following the time lapse version I posted in my blog a short while ago, I have now finished a full 70-minute tutorial with narration on SDS modeling that shader ball.    My version of this model was inspired by a similar shader ball made by Grant Warwick:   https://masteringcgi.com.au/mastering-cgi-shader-ball/
http://c4dvraysource.blogspot.de/2016/02/free-grant-warwick-vray-material-test.html   You can download a project file (WinZiP) to follow along:    https://www.dropbox.com/s/940sztqpqk8o5d5/Project Files.zip?dl=0    This project file contains two C4D project folders. The folder "Start File" is the one we'll be using first. I've set up a refernce image in the front view for you. The folder "Even Geometry" contains a C4D file with the top part of the half finished shader ball. This file is for those of you who don't have the HB Modeling Bundle (a set of scripts by Holger Bierbach). If you follow the tutorial you'll know when to use this second project file.    As mentioned above, there also is a time lapse version of this tutorial (without narration/sound), see my other blog entries.    I hope you'll enjoy the video. Thanks for watching!      
 

SDS Excercise 04: Shader Ball (TL)

SDS Excercise 04: Shader Ball (Time Lapse Version)   SDS excercise 04 currently only is available as a time lapse video without sound. I'll do a full tutorial with narration when I find the time. 
  In this subdivision surface excercise I am modeling a shader ball that is based on a similar shader ball created by Grant Warwick. 
  Enjoy!
     
 

SDS Modeling Excercises 01 to 03

These are three tutorials on practicing SDS modeling. I hope you'll enjoy them. I'll start with the links to the latest one:   SDS Excericse 03:   Time lapse version   Full tutorial, app. 35-minutes, with voice-over):    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   SDS Excercise 02:          ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   SDS Excercise 01:           
 

Heart-Shaped Jigsaw Puzzle

This tutorial is a sequel to the "Circular Jigsaw Puzzle". We'll be learning a few more tricks in this one and make a heart-shaped jigsaw puzzle.   Again, apologies for the multiple links. I split this tutorial into 8 short lessons.    Enjoy the videos!   Cheers, Wolfgang                      
 

Circular Jigsaw Puzzle

This a tutorial on using the spline tools in Cinema 4D. In this first set of videos we will learn the basics and create a circular jigsaw puzzle. I made these tutorials because I think the C4D spline tools are great for creating Illustrator-style shapes, and they're actually pretty easy to use. No Illustrator files will be used in this tutorial. It's strictly C4D.    In the second set of tutorials (I'll create a separate blog entry for those) we will build on the knowledge learned in this tutorial and make a more complicated shape (heart-shaped jigsaw puzzle).    Enjoy the tutorial!   I apologize for the multiple links.I split this tutorial into eleven lessons For a while I thought it's a good idea to do short chapters rather than one long video. I'll probably go back to doing longer videos instead. Anyway, I thought I'd post all the links in this entry rather than just one so you don't have to search for the rest on Vimeo.                         
 

HS Excercise 1: Victorian-style window

In this 40-minute video we are going to practice hard surface modeling and create a Victorian-style window using blueprints as a reference.

You can download a Cinema 4D file in which the references have already been set up:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/enlkn3oqkn113ft/C4D start file.zip?dl=0    

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