Samuel the Shark – 3D print

By | December 20, 2014

I needed a break from studying cycles and Archviz, so instead of doing that in the evenings I’ve been doing some old fashioned character modelling again. This time a cartoon shark.

I found a few images of sharks online, and I got inspired. I used 1 image in particular as a reference because I liked the style. Unfortunately I don’t know who drew the original one, so I can’t give him or her credit for it, but it inspired me to do my own version of a cartoon shark.

I got it printed in a 3D shop, and this is what it looks like:

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Tadaa! From idea to finished pendant! I’ll call him Samuel the Shark.

Here’s how I went about it:

First, I looked at a bunch of reference images from sharks, picked the ones I liked best and decided on a style. Then I made a basemesh using the skin, mirror and subdivision modifiers. Once the basic shape was okay I applied the modifiers and started sculpting on the mesh with dynamic topology enabled.

Sculpting the shape for the first version.

Sculpting the shape for the first version.

Then I started to create a simpler, slightly more accurate mesh on top of that, and started to redo the topology to get a better, more efficient shape.

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First stage of retopology. Starting with the main features like the eyes, mouth and then the fins.

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Halfway there.

 

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Retopology finished! I’ll still continue to do tweaks though.

And the finished mesh:

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Only the teeth are left now. (yes, I’m aware I actually missed a few fins…)

 

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Alternative view

 

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And a REALLY quick, temporary material assigned to it. NOT meant as a final result, but to get a general idea of what it would look like.

Then I prepared the file for 3D printing by hollowing it out, and scaling it up for proper dimensions, and brought it to the 3D print shop. The end 🙂

2 thoughts on “Samuel the Shark – 3D print

  1. Stuart

    Great little shark!
    What is the material used in your 3d print? It looks pearlescent and translucent, very nice 🙂

    Reply
    1. mti Post author

      Sorry man, I honestly don’t know. There was a collection of spools at the IT shop, I just picked this colour. I very much like that it’s hollow inside though. Less material and it’s very floaty, could probably float a small keyring. 🙂

      Reply

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