About a year ago I decided to take the step from 2D(+- 7 years experience) to 3D.
This is one of my current spare-time projects next to my daily job as a 2D-Animator.
The project: Modelling, texturing and animating a 3D Lego Car, came to this idea during building a lego car I bought a couple months ago:
Lego Speed Champions_ Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 :https://www.lego.com/nl-nl/product/chevrolet-camaro-zl1-race-car-75891
During building of the car I was impressed with the amount of detail added to the car, even on parts where it’s not directly visible in the end result.
First thing I did was modelling all parts seperately based on the original parts measurements by calculating, measuring and integrating information I found on the internet.
I read about some software where you can build your lego creations, download it and merge it into Cinema4D, but I rather model all parts myself, because the learning-path is more important for me than the result, I want to make mistakes to learn about and ofcourse gain some model eperience.
After that I started naming all parts to it’s original name based on the part number, so when I started building I could easily switch between projects, find and import the files to the building project file.
During the building I followed every step to ensure I made no mistakes during the modelling, after completing the car based on the manual, I did a strict check, highlighted the parts that were not accurate or occurs large gaps...
Up here some first results with the gaps/ faults/ bumps higlighted.
...and started the next Phase: 02_ Finetuning, so here I double checked every part on its measurements and changed it if necessary and recoordinated the bricks to line up perfectly with the other bricks.
So that is where I am now, lined up every part and it seems nearly perfect.
Parts I still need to fix:
- Main window measurements are not accurate (used a Bulge deformer( within box) to deform the glass into a rounded shape, unfortunately the bottom of the window on the front side is intersecting with other parts which is not as accurate as I wish for, and may occur problems in the window refraction.
- The wheel measurement and shape are not accurate, rim is missing holes and detail
- Roll-cage is not added tot the model yet.
So after these are fixed I will start fase 03: Optimize
Where I will try to optimize every part:
- Make sure the bevel is correct
- Turn down the amount of polygons
Video to the current state:
The next phase (03) will be adding materials: Since 2 months I got a Octane Render subscription, really impressed by the results, but untill now I was not able to really dive into it... having a hard time learning the other terms and way of working in contrast to the original Cinema 4D material manager where I was just getting used to.
The decals on the car will be made in Adobe Illustrator, there is a lack of online reference material so, it will be a lot of re-measuring and replacing during this phase.
I may want to add some dirt/ fingerprints to the model to make it look more allive but that is something i never did before so let’s not get ahead of myself.
To make the model ready for animation/ renders I would like to make 2 versions:
1. Full accurate model with parts on places you can't see in the end result, so I can use this as a speed build animation or for a dynamics simulation.
2. Hollow model where every unnecesary part (not visible) is left out of the model for better performance and controll.
So that’s it for now, I hope you like the result so far, next step will be recreating the front window and the wheels and start texturing the model.
Time spend: 34 hours
During the corona-virus period I’m only able to work at my working station at home wich is not really bad, but also not as good as my office working station so my final renders will be done there to get faster more optimized render results:
Nvidia gtx 980
Alienware Aurora r9
2x nvidia 2080 super
Working on both work-stations with a Wacom Intuos Pro Medium, cinema 4D R21 (subscription) and Octane (Subscription)
Looking for some tips and feedback on:
Tips, tricks, tutorials for octane texturing
Time spend on result(34) (normal or too many hours)
Side question: Will the instance generator optimize the viewport/renders?