Introduction to Hard Surface Modeling
This CG Cookie training course covers hard-surface modeling in Blender. Jonathan gives you a complete introduction to modeling hard-surface objects with subdivision surfaces, allowing you to create anything from vehicles, to weapons, to environment props.
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Watch this overview of the course before diving into the lessons.
Chapter 2 - Main Structure
This chapter covers the largest, shape-defining forms like the plane body, fins, propeller, and windshield.
Chapter 3 - Details
With the main structure complete it's time to polish off the model with details.
Model hard-surface objects with smooth curves and sharp details
Hello and welcome to this CG Cookie tutorial series on hard-surface modeling in Blender. Through this series I’ll be giving you a complete introduction to modeling hard-surface objects with subdivision surfaces, allowing you to create anything from vehicles, to weapons, to environment props.
In this series I’ve chosen a small, stylized airplane as the subject matter, as it provides a great example of hard-surfaces that is fairly simple but also easy to learn. The plane design is based on artwork and modeling sheets created by fellow CG Cookie crew member, Tim Von Rueden. I’ll be walking you through the complete modeling process of creating this plane, demonstrating a variety of techniques and tools along the way. Among other things, I’ll be showing you box and edge modeling techniques, I’ll show you how to use various modifiers for non-destructive modeling, and I’ll take you through multiple techniques for creating sharp edges with optimal geometry. This series is presented in real-time, giving you a complete picture of of my modeling process.
Extra add-ons and themes
During this series I make frequent use of a custom add-on I developed that helps to speed up the workflow for common tasks. You can download the add-on, along with the custom them I use for Blender’s interface below:
CC Music: “H20 Instrumental” by Airtone
Lesson Questions and Answers
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Hi, Joathan! I have problems with duplifaces near my windshiled. Half of my duplimeshes turn one way and other half to the other side. What’s wrong? This strange thing keeps spawning in even if I apply mirror.
Here is screenshot http://i63.tinypic.com/2s1kxeh.png
Oh sorry for mistakes, Jonathan!
Try recalculating the face norms by selecting all faces of the mesh in Edit Mode and pressing CTRL+N
Nope, it’s not working. I even manually flipped normals but it’s the same. I even flipped half of the model, but it doesn’t help niether.
If you upload the .blend then I can take a look.
Hello, i was wondering how to install jay scripts from source files i downloaded to blender, on mac os?
I tried with method you showed in video but it is not working, i tried also manual copy to script folder but also cannot find it in add-ons. Does anyone have solutions? Thank you!
That version of Jay Tools is pretty out of date, I’d recommend trying this version instead: https://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Extensions:2.6/Py/Scripts/3D_interaction/quicktools
Note: it may not work in the most recent versions of Blender. I have not tested it in quite some time and there’ve been a good few API changes.
I’m modelling a caricature Edge 540, it has a three bladed prop. I’m modelling the nose and prop, then trying to use the array modifier to duplicate the 120 degree slice, but it seems to be scaling each duplicate of the original… what am I doing wrong?!
Thanks so much in advance!
Select your Slice object and press CTRL+A > Apply Scale. This will remove the scale multiplier on your object, making the current scale the default.
Thanks so much, Jonathan – I’ll give it a go!
How do I install your custom UI….I downloaded the script bakery zip…now what and where do I see it in my user preferences or ? to activate it?
Open Blender and go to File » User Preferences » Add-ons
Click Install from File, navigate to the downloaded .zip, click Install from File
Enable with with the checkbox to the right of the name.
Click Save User Settings if you wish the add-on to be enabled by default.
how do i get the image to do it
Get the image to do what?
Download any course files here.
- Scene Preparation: HD Video( 17.3 MB )
- Blocking the Body: HD Video( 56.8 MB )
- Modeling the Body: HD Video( 133.8 MB )
- Modeling the Nose Cone: HD Video( 97 MB )
- Modeling Wings & Fins: HD Video( 123.2 MB )
- Modeling the Propeller: HD Video( 68 MB )
- Modeling the Windshield: HD Video( 226.3 MB )
- Modeling Wheels: HD Video( 102.4 MB )
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