Crustacean Monsters from Silhouettes

Any good design will always be recognisable from a distance. One of the best ways to check if a design is strong and unique is to look at it’s silhouette. Working in reverse, we can draw strong silhouettes and then build upon them to create creatures.

We were given the task of making creatures from crustaceans (I focused on crab, lobster and shrimp respectively.)

cm3Stage one: Drawing the silhouettes.


cm2Stage two: Painting in details, adding shadows to ground our critters.


cm1Stage 3: Adding a background and basic colour to give depth.


Personally, I quite like the technique of designing from silhouettes. I will likely use this technique in future.




Textures (Bricks, Cans and Beans)

SS 2Using a box, a sphere and a cylinder we learnt the basics of texturing objects.¬† After modelling a can, we detached the lid from the rest of the model and put the can’s top texture onto it, then proceeded to add the label by using the “cylinder” mode, otherwise the texture would tile and display incorrectly. We used the box and the sphere to test texture methods and highlights – resulting in a shiny brick ball.



Robot & Gingerbreads


SS 1These models were created in 3DsMaxx By editing points in a poly, we made gingerbread men and a robot. This taught us the basics of using “convert to editable poly” on shapes as well as symmetry and turbo smooth to create characters and objects.



An Assortment Of Random Items

Below are some screenshots of a little bit of 3DS Maxx. The snowman was a challenge to assemble “broken” and scattered pieces of the model, put him back together and make a short animation. The Pawn and the lamp were built from the ground up following the instruction of our tutor. (I will go into more detail about this at a later point.)




Let’s start from the beginning, as all good journals do…


“So, Why is the title “Teapots” then. Denise?” – well, for the afternoon portion of the day of our first workshops we started learning the basics of 3DS Maxx. This involved creating, modifying and animating… Well. A Teapot. I thought it was a strange object, but apparently¬† it looks different from almost every angle., making it perfect for 3D spaces and teaching the beginners.


I may well come back to this post and upload a fun little video of my teapot stumbling through some ring-shaped obstacles.


[Thanks to for the image.]


So remember. Teapots are awesome not only for making tea, but for 3D stuff too!




A Shiny New Blog!

Hello there. Come in,  pull up a chair and make yourself at home.


This blog/online sketchbook will be a record of my ‘ventures, mainly my three year journey to a BA(Hons) in Computer games arts. I’m looking forward to the challenge and i hope you might enjoy what I will be drawing, designing and animating!


That’s all I have to say for now I suppose.


Signing off,