Fundamentals of Digital Sculpting

Fundamentals of Digital Sculpting

Digital Sculpting is an alternative method of mesh manipulation that aims to be more artistically intuitive. It emulates traditional sculpting tools in the form of “brushes” and can even function as an “unlimited clay” approach to shape building. If you’re artistic and you like to build organic models, I highly recommend you try digital sculpting.

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Watch this brief introduction to get a taste of what this course is all about!

Chapter 2 - Digital Sculpting Tools

Blender offers many digital sculpting tools. In this chapter learn about Sculpt Mode and all it's features.

Chapter 3 - Mediums

Similar to the variety of clays available for traditional sculpting, there are also different methods or 'mediums' of digital clay that we can choose to sculpt with.

Chapter 4 - Sculpting Melvin

Now that we know the sculpting tools featured in Blender, it's time explored how to use all these tools to sculpt a simple character.

What is digital sculpting anyway?

Digital sculpting is a method of 3D modeling that tries to emulate the traditional sculpting approach – as in forming clay with your hands and various tools. When compared to the other methods of 3D modeling, namely mesh modeling, digital sculpting offers an artistic and intuitive approach instead of the often unintuitive and clunky pushing and pulling of vertices.

What you will learn:

This course is about introducing you to digital sculpting with Blender. In the first chapter you will get an overview of Sculpt Mode and it’s settings/features including brushes, stroke methods, curve falloff, and brush textures (stamps/stencils). Blender has a lot of sculpting features – it’s good to be aware of them!

Chapter 2 covers digital sculpting “mediums” which are similar to the variety of clays that can be sculpted traditionally. Blender supports 2 mediums: Multi-resolution and Dynamic Topology. Each have their pros and cons and uses depending on the sculpting situation.

In the last chapter we’ll finish with a workflow demonstration of sculpting a simple character: ¬†One of the CGC mascots, Melvin! The chapter concludes with an exercise for you to practice and apply what you’ve learned in the course.

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CC Music: “Therapy Session” by Robbero

 

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  • Replies: 0

    In this course what techniques that will be applied to modeling beyond sculpt mode and in painting the model can we use texture paint or vertex paint?

    2 weeks ago

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    I am using a mouse, and my brushes do not have nearly the amount of strength that yours do. Sculpting is literally undo-able with the way the brushes are working for me..

    12 months ago

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      I also would like to add that they act and look nothing like yours.

      12 months ago

      • Mouses are the far from ideal for sculpting. If you’re going to get serious about sculpting, a tablet is a must.

        Having said that, brush behavior shouldn’t be that different with a mouse. Mainly it’s just lacking pressure sensitivity. Do you have unified brush size and strength enabled?

        12 months ago

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    How do you mark a seam on a high poly count model?Should I have added the seam before it became so hard too do?

    1 year ago

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    I’m going through the fundamentals of Blender course, specifically the sculpting Melvin section of the sculpting section. It asks me to open a file named melvin_sculpt_00.blend but doesn’t tell me where to find it. Can you help?

    1 year ago

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      Certainly – You can find those files by clicking on the exercise from the lessons list, then on the exercise page in the Downloads tab: https://cgcookie.com/exercise/sculpting-melvin/#files

      1 year ago

      • Thank you. The exercise has somehow imported the file into Blender and has it overlay the design screen — seemingly by clicking on a matrix of boxes which are labeled “visible layers” in a mouse-over. I don’t know how to do this. Can you help

        1 year ago

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    Hello! I am trying to download the course videos to take on a business trip this weekend, but it keeps saying I don’t have permission to do so. Can you please tell me what I am doing wrong? Would love to get these before I leave Saturday. Thank you.

    1 year ago

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      Hey Thomas, are you getting a modal popup asking you to upgrade to Citizen?

      Also, be sure you’re not copy and pasting the download URL into another tab or anything; we have our Amazon S3 set to only allow downloads that originate from cgcookie.com

      1 year ago

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      Strange…I’m able to download the video files but I seemingly have no permission on the backend for these files. Really weird..I’m going to submit a bug report.

      1 year ago