What do you need to make a complete model?

jen washingtonjen washington Posts: 0
edited January 2013 in Hexagon Discussion

Just got Hexagon. New PC coming Monday and I will be starting the tutorials then. Before I start I would like to have an idea of the basic steps in making a model. Just a simple 1,2,3 not the details. I know I will be back with more questions after I start using it.

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  • mjc1016mjc1016 Posts: 7,656
    edited December 1969

    Well, if you've grabbed the Hexagon version, then you've got the basics...a modeller, the content creation tools built into DS and Poser.

    You'll need an image editor, (Photoshop, The GIMP, etc) and you'll probably want to spend a bunch of time looking at various tutorials on modeling.

  • SickleYieldSickleYield Posts: 6,003
    edited December 1969

    Also, what kind of content are you most interested in starting with? We can probably point you to more specific tutorials.

  • jen washingtonjen washington Posts: 0
    edited January 2013

    At this time I do art and illustration in Photoshop. Using poser to create roughs for my work that is taken into Photoshop. My interest is in making animal models that can have natural poses as a human would.

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  • SzarkSzark Posts: 8,781
    edited December 1969

    If you haven't already first check to see what is in the market place..here and at other sites like RuntimeDNA, Renderosoity, Content Paradise etc etc. There are some excellent animal figures already made and some that I wouldn't even look at twice.

  • jen washingtonjen washington Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    Yes I agree. I have checked out all the animals and lots of content on the internet. What I see is some really good work, but not what I need to produce my work. Also I really like to make stuff.

  • ChoholeChohole Posts: 19,747
    edited January 2013

    As has already been suggested, Hexagon is the DAZ 3D program which would help you to model content. I can move this thread over to the Hexagon forum for you if you would like.

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  • jen washingtonjen washington Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    Thank you that would be helpful.

  • ChoholeChohole Posts: 19,747
    edited December 1969

    OK, you are now in the Hexagon forum.

    You may wish to edit your thread title, to more reflect your problem, and thus get more answers

    Click "edit" below your first post, and then edit the title line.

  • ausairausair Posts: 0
    edited January 2013

    Just got Hexagon. New PC coming Monday and I will be starting the tutorials then. Before I start I would like to have an idea of the basic steps in making a model. Just a simple 1,2,3 not the details. I know I will be back with more questions after I start using it.

    There are two ways you can model.
    1. Low poly and then apply 1 or 2 levels of smoothing. This is known as subdivision modelling. You need to keep your low poly cage all quads (4 sided polygons) for this to work effectively.
    2. Normal Poly modelling


    To model something you would normally follow these steps.
    1. Set up background reference images (usually top, front and side views of what you wish to model). These images are usually jpgs or pngs.
    2. Draw lines or curves that define the shape of your object
    3. Extrude lines to create surfaces and tweak the vertices to the desired shape or use hex surfacing tools to create polygon surfaces from 2 or more lines.
    4. Uv map polygon model
    5. Apply textures to model using a paint program such as photoshop or gimp.

    A lot to learn best of luck

    PS If your modelling animals it is probably best to do low poly modelling with 2 levels of smoothing. A bit of googling will show you the polygon flow other people have done to model animal.
    http://www.fallingpixel.com/products/11149/mains/000-3d-model-sheep1.jpg

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  • jen washingtonjen washington Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    Thanks that helps. I didn't know you can draw lines in Hexagon that will make it a lot easier for me.

  • Wee Dangerous JohnWee Dangerous John Posts: 346
    edited January 2013

    For all beginners to Hexagon I recommend looking at Danny's tutorials (CGDreams), he has put together a series of short introduction videos which quides you around Hexagon. Also, if you scroll down you will find some modeling projects he has made for us, one of which is making a bunny rabbit.

    http://www.cgdreams.co.uk/hexstarted.html

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