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.


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


Halfway there.



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

And the finished mesh:


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



Alternative view



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 🙂

    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. 🙂


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