Zbrush Daily Sculpt Challenge: Can I do It?


I probably can’t but I’m about to try! First up, Darius. I’m going to post how far I got in zbrush and then what I painted over in photoshop. Incase you’re wondering he’s a Vampire from one of my stories.

So below will take you to the full image of the painted over version plus the WIP renders of how far I’ve gotten. I do apologise if it’s too dark for some.

http://draconianrain.deviantart.com/art/Darius-511256803

Anime Face Modelling in Blender


A shortened video of me modelling the base for my 3D anime character. I’ve since then modeled much more details. I’ll be posting some progress shots in my next blog post.

Quick Press: Blender 3D Anime Model


"View I’ve gone back to using blender. Finally I am comfortable making 3D anime in it. Soon I hope to make 3D comics with my anime models. Maybe one day I will make games but that is a long way away yet because I really have a lot to learn about the blender game engine. I also uploaded a speed model on youtube. I’ll be back to posting on my wordpress soon. I just need to get a little more organised so I can post interesting things. I’ll also be doing more store features as well.


I started on a new 3D face but this one is a more serious attempt and I am having loads of fun with it. I managed to to a snap off the current wip with a toon shade look in metasequoia. I used just the Rendering under File.

Pritti's face ref1 by *DraconianRain

Lashes by *DraconianRain
Second picture, still all in metasequoia is without toon shading. You can see all the spots I need to smooth out and fix. Those lashes were a test. I’ll make them more manly tomorrow. Been going on this face for 2 days now. Mostly happy with the nose. Annoyed with the cheek bones but I am trying at least.

Lashes1 by *DraconianRain

Here I added the eye colour texture and it’s kind of ok.
Face3 by *DraconianRain

this was an eyelash and running make-up test

Face34 by *DraconianRain

this was a lighting test to see if I could get that creepy it’s almost ugly look XD I just need to tweak those cheeks and get the jawline to sit where I want it to and then I can model the rest of the head <3.

Anime Elf Toon 21aq by *DraconianRain

Anime Elf Toon 21a by *DraconianRain
Anime Elf Toon 21 by *DraconianRain
Anime Elf Toon 2 by *DraconianRain

If you’re even just somewhat creeped out then my job is done. Just know this… not female or human 8D I have much to add and change. I can’t for the life of me get the skin colour I want but meh. Learning experience. Also the screencaps with the odd coloured bg was rendered in CelsView.
Ok so I’ve had this posted on DA for a long time. I felt like continuing the talk about it here on my blog. I think here is more appropriate and yes I directly copy pasted from my DA. Anyway, the model is Ashton. A vampire in gender limbo. I never made up my mind on the name or a gender. Sometimes I like him better as a him or a woman or even both. One day I will make up my mind. The make up however wasn’t meant to be make up but rather dark enough for me to judge where to paint in textures, shadows or things like that. I wanted to give him dark rings, light faded shadows on the eye lids and give a sunken look. I also wanted to add a few beauty spots as well but I never got that far. I did get to the hair stage and it’s just… horrific. No better word lol. I really need to practise modelling hair but all in all it was a successful learning experience.
Any of you metasequoia users? I’m a pretty big fan. Used the free one for a pretty long time now. On and off mostly. Also, if I mentioned it or not, super happy to have purchased the full version. It’s amazing and well worth the money.

3D Progress- Using Metasequoia


I love Metasequoia and the other day I finally managed to purchase it for myself. I am so happy and pleased with myself for finally getting around to it. Personally I enjoy it way more than Blender. I like the ways you can model and how it’s possible to model similar to Hexagreat. For the first time my face modelling isn’t looking like crap.

Blender is great, don’t get me wrong but my models turned out either horrendously ugly, bad proportions OR worse yet, just when I’d get to the good part, render or export it crashed and sometimes it would crash so badly that the file would be completely corrupted and nothing could be salvaged. I always end up giving up on Blender 3D. If I had money I would buy Autodesk 3Ds max. I love their products even Maya. Heck I’d buy both if I had that kind of cash but I don’t.

But hands down, Metasequoia is easy to use and you’re just more likely to get your models to look how you want them to look. I constantly went back to Metasequoia LE edition and I’d try the new shareware when it comes out but it’s quickly replaced Blender for me and I don’t think I will be going back. However I do like the look of Shade 12 Basic. I am about to try out a trial right now. At the moment all I am missing is a bone rigging program to pose my models because right now I just want to make art with my 3D models a lot like a photo manipulation in a way. Hard to describe. Anyway long story short it has motivated me to get my but in gear with art commissions to try and buy Shade 12 basic.

Lately to I have wanted to share my 3D modelling progress and I have been doing so on DA but I feel here is more appropriate. I am more comfortable posting this kind of thing to my personal blog and I feel I can talk more freely and honestly about how I feel about what I am doing.

To the side here is a screencap of just one of many fail toon shade attempts. This one I used Warabi MP plugin. Can NOT work out how to dim or change the white intensity. I don’t like it on the cheeks like that. I want something… less wet looking lol. My other tests in CelsView have been quite good though and Vidro renderings came out well too. Better than I expected actually.

I chose anime to model first. Later I find out it’s one of the harder faces to model and for very good and logical reasons lol. As you can tell I was lacking logic in my choice. But learning from my mistakes seems to help me more than never making mistakes ;D

Anyway I have wanted to get into 3D modelling for a few years now for one main and seemingly silly reason. It’s cheaper than buy clay to make sculptures. Sculptures I’d never be able to sell and make back what was spent. I REALLY very badly want to model my semi-realism/anime style and pose and turn into art. I can’t explain why. I’d love to make it a game to but one my own it is surely impossible. But mainly I just want to make art or really stupid animations for my own enjoyment.

Self taught 3D was something that use to be really daunting and hard as well. I’d get so frustrated to the point of tears. But as I slept my mind would slow down and soak in what I read and in the morning I’d be able to try again and things would work. Funnily enough for the times where I spent a year of leaving it behind me the information remained. Now I have some new found motivation and I remember almost everything I am much happier making 3D models. They are turning out well, I am understanding the program and what everything is called where as before nothing stuck, it was just to much. I really did believe 3D was going to be too hard to do. But after I put the negative thoughts aside, did some study and read probably a thousand tutorials I’m finally getting it and getting somewhere.

So to sum this post up I am happily working once again on 3D. I also plan to remodel some very old and terrible models.