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


And at last we’re right here! It’s time to ending the illustration with some lighting ideas, additional particulars, and the submit manufacturing course of. To begin, we’ll add additional particulars as a result of sure… we have to add them for the aim of serving to the illustration. After that we’ll start the lighting.

To complete, we’ll retouch in Procreate to have our ultimate illustration prepared!

And extra particulars…

I used to be near ending and beginning with the lighting course of, however I could not get proud of the composition – perhaps the illustration wanted extra Christmas decorations. I considered uncommon props we are able to discover on this season, and the large candies was a good suggestion. With the mannequin prepared I wanted to compose my picture once more, maintaining in thoughts the pure composition instructions, however now including some variations within the rotation and route of the sweet canes to offer dynamism.

Even when you’ve gotten completed your composition, return and evaluate it along with your moodboard, it may well aid you to search out extra components so as to add.

First lighting

We’ll begin to create our lighting! Like the opposite steps, we have to consider the aim of every gentle. Creating illumination isn’t solely placing down random lights, every gentle has a motive to exist, that’s the reason I level out every sort of sunshine and its route.

When now we have the overall shadows prepared (HDRI) it’s time to begin with the lights, usually we’ll begin with a solar gentle (proper) which can assist us to visualise our secondary shadows too. On the identical time would be the gentle with extra incidence within the basic scene. It’s regular for this gentle to create exhausting shadows too, however we’ll repair it by including one other gentle (circle left) to the scene to scale back these shadows. The additional lights (traces) have the perform to mark the form of our objects, the tree, and home.

The form lights (traces) have the aim to separate every ingredient to the background.

Lighting particulars

Even when the sunshine works by maintaining the eye on our focus, there’s an empty area on the backside. You’ll be able to see the distinction with the quantity of sunshine in each locations, and that may be a distracting issue within the illustration.

Fixing it was one of many hardest components as a result of I wanted so as to add lights to that a part of the composition, however it may well’t be a random gentle. For consistency I considered extra vacation lights, however a special colour. On the time of including it I attempted to make use of them like guides in direction of the route of my focus, serving to me with the cable too.

Making a path with lights generally is a good approach to information the eyes to our focal zone, so long as they’re discreet.


Really the characters weren’t an issue to me, as a result of I knew what could be my protagonists since my first idea. The snowman was the primary of the characters to be created, it’s precisely a snowman however somewhat “chubby.” The unique thought was to create regular snow characters, however the reality of “cute” got here once I reworked them to snow children, translating the frequent traits of children in winter, into snow children. The colours are primarily based on Huey, Dewey, and Louie, however to the Latin-American folks, Hugo, Paco, and Luis.

Many occasions I like to recommend having a moodboard for the environmental artwork and one other for the character artwork, let your self be impressed by the characters of your favourite artist, even be influenced by different varieties of characters, every part can work.

Character lighting

If we take the choice so as to add a number of characters we have to know that characters’ lighting? As a result of a personality has a particular place in an illustration. He’ll develop into the protagonist, and our job might be to discover a approach to separate it from the remainder of the weather.

Within the first picture you’ll be able to see our characters within the scene, with out lighting to separate them from the background. Now add lights, usually behind our characters, to focus on, however watch out the place you add your lights. Strive it to be close to different emissive objects that can add coherence – in my case I put it beneath the road lights.

Character lighting can actually make a giant distinction, however be delicate with them.

Remaining render

Earlier than rendering, I assumed I wanted extra Christmas spirit, as a result of even once I thought the illustration was prepared, I felt uncomfortable with the element. I solely added some particulars like Christmas globes and little door decorations.

With my adjustments made, I rendered it whereas I used to be enjoying Solitaire (I misplaced), and when the picture was prepared, I modified to a Composition window, including two necessary nodes, “Glare,” in ghost choice, and “Lens Distortion.” Belief in me, it makes the distinction.

The composition window might be your finest pal as a result of it would add a particular look to your ultimate renders.


I keep in mind from a convention a very long time in the past, a picture is rarely completed if we don’t make give it a post-production course of. Why is that this necessary? As a result of we are able to add the little touches to make the distinction between a superb or dangerous environment.

In my picture, utilizing Procreate, I mounted the colour and saturation, and the sunshine curves, however a very powerful, I added some results just like the snow, and I used solely 3 planes to do it; two out of focus so as to add depth and one in focus.

And after of many hours, our illustration is completed!

The post-production is key, do not forget it. You may have the ultimate temper management on this course of.

Prime tip 1: Take some relaxation from work

We’re not robots, we want relaxation. Stand up off the chair, stroll, and take some water; it will assist us to work in a greater manner and look after our well being

Prime tip 2: Should you’re caught…

I gained’t lie you, I used to be caught for some moments of the illustration, however take it straightforward, go t play, learn a guide, watch a sequence, something to distract you. Our thoughts wants work in passive mode too.