The Christmas of The Little Snowmen – half 1 · 3dtotal · Study | Create


Christmas is one of the most popular holidays across the world, with lots of images based on fantasy characters, like Santa Claus, his reindeers, or families  having amazing moments, but… what about the snowmen? The snowmen have a family too? If yes, can they celebrate Christmas? Well, these were my questions for my concepts. A little weird, yes, but it can work!

We’ll see the first part of the process, the concept creation, references, blocking, and the first details.

Final illustration

Investigation & moodboard

Like other projects, before starting with any concept, we need to introduce a lot of information to our mind about the topic to interest us. Often we don’t research  text information, only images, but text can help us too understand what the background of the tradition is.

In my case I researched images and a little information about snowmen, Christmas villages, decorations, and people playing.

The moodboard can have many sort of pictures, even different illustrations, as a result of the aim of it’s reference.


Making a blocking is the simplest technique to begin any undertaking, since you begin to undertaking the concepts that exist solely in your thoughts. A blocking usually would not have to take time, the vital factor on this step is to grasp the aim of the composition and the principle parts, which is able to usually be represented by primary shapes, and they’ll changed later for different detailed props.

It’s important to be happy with the result of the blocking, it’s true, maybe it can’t look like our final illustration, but it works as a starting point.

Adding details at the blocking

With the first approach ready, it’s time to add some extra details to polish our composition by adding a purpose to our objects, like the floor, searching dynamism, or the house searching the traditional village houses. It’s important to advance since the general things until the polish and detailed things. Don’t forget the purpose of adding details is to help the storytelling and add environmental context.

Adding details is one of the most stressful things when we don’t know what to add, but going back to your moodboard can help.


Basically polish will be our task in all the illustration process, but in the first steps it is fundamental, because it will give us the base, without a good base we can’t continue creating.

This polishing can be moving some objects a little, or more elaborate changes, like the floor case. For the floor, our natural lines were confusing and guided us out of our composition. On the new floor I needed do to this lines to work as guides towards the main object, the Christmas tree.

Once we’re making our blocking you will need to consider our pure guides and the route of our picture, the remainder of our property will probably be supported by these guides.

Principal props

To create the principle props we will make little sketches of them however it isn’t needed, the principle attribute for these props must be extra detailed than one other secondary prop, which might often take us extra time, however it’s essential to have an excellent visible hierarchy.

The extent of particulars all the time is a technique to stand out any prop or character, however the dimension, an uncommon form, and vivid colours can work too.

Don’t neglect to seek for extra inspirational pictures, they may also help you to determine the main points you’ll add to your essential props.

Remaining blocking

To complete the blocking stage, we’ll add our essential property to our composition, interested by the directional stream. For instance, the home doorways are pointing to the tree, as a result of it’s the focal curiosity level now. This might change a bit of within the subsequent illustration steps, however the central motion will probably be in that focal space.

At this level, you will want so as to add the main points interested by the learn route and pure strains of your illustration.

Particulars & extra particulars

The blocking course of is ended, it’s time so as to add the additional particulars, however we’ll see it within the subsequent chapter.