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5 answers · asked · Lesson: Creating Blender Mesh Objects · Course: Mesh Modeling Fundamentals

I have a model I'm working on for practice that looks okay when in object mode, but when I put it into edit mode, there's ...

I have a model I'm working on for practice that looks okay when in object mode, but when I put it into edit mode, there's this strange shadow that makes the model look incorrect. Not sure how to word it exactly, but here's a picture. Is the mesh okay, or did something go wrong? https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B93qcyOtIKH4X3F2c0plMGt6a1E/view?usp=sharing
  • crew
    Those "shadows" along the sides are merely a display artifact due to the model being very thin. No need to worry about it. All is good.
  • crew
    However, you might consider using the Knife tool to add an edge between the mid-way vertices, so that you've got all quads. Here's a screenshot: https://cl.ly/jjUG Currently you have large NGon (five+ sided face) which is unable to be completely flat in it's current form. This NGon is then exacerbating the shading artifact.
  • Thank you! I will do this. : ) I initially had the shape in a few different sections, the first third, middle and last, but dissolved the faces together thinking to be clever to save on some faces. I will add an edge. I do have a follow up question though. This is a blade for a sword model i'm practicing with. I plan to make the hilt, grip and pommel out of separate shapes. I took a class in college using Maya, and that required that you fused vertices of separate meshes together to create one coherent mesh. Do you need to do something similar in Blender? Or can you just smack the objects together and join them?
  • crew
    In most cases there's no need to fuse the hilt and blade together. Doing this will restrict your ease of modifying each part separately. My recommendation is to keep them separate unless a reason arises where they must be merged (doubtful).
  • I will keep them separate then. Thank you again. : D I appreciate it, and am enjoying the lessons so far!