The Christmas of The Little Snowmen – half 2 · 3dtotal · Be taught | Create


In this chapter we’ll see ways to add to our details, how to concept them, and general advice for creating them, while using natural lines to add to our composition.

At the end of the chapter we’ll see how to add the first lights, creating the base for the last chapter, where we’ll see the advanced concepts of lighting and characters creation.

Let’s go!

Final Illustration

Sketching the elements

How can we add details to our illustration while sticking to the concept and helpingour composition? That’s easy, we need a “set dressing.” Here it is important to return to our moodboard, it will help us so much to identify the common elements in the type of scenes we’re creating. Don’t worry, it isn’t necessary to be the best draftsman because this sketch will help you only like a guide for the elements we’ll design and model.

In my case the concept of have a classical Christmas village gave me lot of details to add, like a wooden fence, rocks, some wooden boxes, street lamps, gifts, rocks, and other Christmas decorations, but don’t worry, we know to do the exact same thing everyone does can be boring, also you can have unusual assets like big candies too which I’ll add in the next chapter (spoiler).

The sketch is only a guide to help you to understand the purpose of each thing in your illustration. If you understand it its ok.

Modeling the props

It is the moment to create the secondary props, but what are the secondary props? Are they less important than the main ones? No, the answer is no, they are also important, because they add narrative to our scene, and will help us to have a clear context for our history. They can even can add secondary interactions in the background.

It’s recommended to create the props in another file, and keep the composition file clear of objects to we don’t use. But in this moment it is really important do one thing… name our layers. If you don’t name it, you’ll have confusion later.

The level of detail in the secondary props can be lower than the main props, but this isn’t a rule.

Adding the props

Since at this point I recommend you activate the random color in your viewport shading settings, it will help you to see many elements in the composition without putting any material yet.

But now, we can’t compose an image without thinking of the purpose of our assets, yes, the main purpose is to work like narratives elements, but they can help us too to create new natural guides, a great way to force our visual reading in the direction of the focal area, in this case the tree area.

That you must care to your pure guides. You should utilize pointed parts to purpose instantly on the focal space.

Little variations

The little variations will add dynamism in our compositions, however not solely that, on the similar time you’ll be able to add coherence or extra narrative.

I solely wanted so as to add snow on the roof of my home fashions to have that coherence, as a result of my scene is within the snow. That was simple, I solely duplicated the highest faces of my roof and added an extrusion, after that I sculpted it creating that accrued snow sense. The little sticks within the ground are to create the sensation of  many objects beneath it, however at similar time are pointing on the focal space.

In this step the changes can be really subtle, like a little rotation, change of scale or translation, but it depends of the intention of the changes to your illustration needed.

Main props

To create the main props we can make little sketches of them but it isn’t necessary, the main characteristic  the props need to have it is to be more detailed than another secondary prop. Usually this can take us more time, but it’s necessary to have a good visual hierarchy.

The level of details is always a way to stand out any prop or character, but the size, an unusual shape, and bright colors can works too.

Don’t neglect to seek for extra inspirational photos to assist as guides.

First supplies & lights

I like to make use of flat and plastic supplies to provide a sense of a world of cute toys. It’s the purpose this course of usually doesn’t take a lot time for me, however the time that I do not spend creating advanced supplies I dedicate to creating a very good coloration palette.

For the lights, usually I begin engaged on the shade coloration, considering on the similar time about my primary lights. If my primary lights will probably be orange, my shade must be a distinction coloration, like darkish purple. After that, I begin with a primary mild to provide the final coloration of my scene; in my case an orange coloration, to finish I add emissive supplies to my incandescence supplies.

Within the first lights attempt to preserve a easy lighting, the aim of that is make to your focal space clear in your composition. We’ll add extra lights within the subsequent steps.

Ending the illustration

Our particulars, supplies, and lights are prepared, it’s time to ending the illustration with a fancy lighting and sure… extra particulars. See you within the subsequent chapter!