Modeling a Motorcycle

This advanced modeling course covers how to build your own motorcycle using mechanical hardsurface modeling techniques. Because this course is targeted at more experienced users, we’re not going to spend much time on the tools and basic functions of Blender. Instead, we’ll focus on technique and workflow, looking at some ways to build complex hard-surface models in a reasonably short time period.
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In this five-hour course, we’ll be creating a high-poly motorcycle model in Blender. We’ll start with a basic modeling sheet and a few reference photos, and then begin by blocking things out. Next, we’ll refine the body a bit, using subdivision surfacing and a variety of mesh tools to get the shape that we want.

With this being an advanced course, it is recommended that you have a base understanding of Blender and 3D Space or have taken these pre-requisite courses: Blender Basics & Introduction to Hard Suface Modeling

We’ll then move on to build the engine. We’ll use many of the same techniques, but we’ll also look at the Bevel tool, Path objects, and the use of N-Gons to create mechanical components. In addition to the engine itself, we’ll build an exhaust, frame, and radiator for the bike. In the third segment, we’ll move on to the wheels, tires, and suspension. We’ll first create the tires and wheels themselves, then create the brake rotors and associated parts. We’ll then work on the chain and drive gear, transmission, and rear suspension components. Next, we’ll build the front fork assembly, integrating it into the model. We’ll then create a number of accessory pieces such as the kickstand, license plate, and foot brake. Because this course is targeted at more experienced users, we’re not going to spend much time on the tools and basic functions of Blender. Instead, we’ll focus on technique and workflow, looking at some ways to build complex hard-surface models in a reasonably short time period.


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