3D Modeling is the process of recreating objects or subjects that exist in the real world, in a digital medium. It’s essential to a variety of different fields of creativity from augmented reality, virtual reality, animation, packaging design, and so much more.
When you first start out in learning 3D modeling, there are a few principles to keep in mind that will help you succeed! Are you ready to take your creativity to another dimension?

1. Starting with an Idea
As with all types of art and creativity, the work starts from an idea. Just as a painter or sculptor may have an idea or image in their head that they are trying to bring to life, so should 3D digital artists and modelers. Your idea is the starting point and foundation of your creative pursuit.
If it’s your first time creating something through 3D modeling, it may be helpful for you to first sketch out several versions or outlines of your intended final product.


2. Reference Materials and Tools
As mentioned above, 3D modeling is the process of recreating existing subjects digitally. With that in mind, it’s easy to see why it’s so important to have real-life reference materials for your 3D modeling.
Once you’ve established your idea and gathered your appropriate reference materials for your design, you’re ready to bring your ideas to life in a 3D modeling tool such as Blender or 3DS Max Online! Those are just some of the more popular tools but as the world of 3D art and modeling continues to expand, the number of tools available continues to grow.

3. Modeling & Texturing
When you’ve got your concept down pat, you can start creating a model of your idea. Think of this as creating a three dimensional canvas or blueprint for your 3D model. When you are modeling, you are literally sculpting the structure of your 3D subject or object.
Adding texture to your 3D model, is what gives your object form and depth. When texturizing your model, you are trying to simulate materials or surfaces or effects that exist in real life. The process of adding texture detail to a baseball will differ vastly from that of a velvet pillow.


4. Environment
3D models require environments just as photographs or paintings require background or context in order to make sense. The environment you put your 3D model in, supports the story that you are trying to tell. This may include lights, shadows, and textural patterns.
Backgrounds or environments are often vital to your 3D model. For instance, if you are creating an architectural render of a room or office, you want to make sure that your environment is accurate and detailed in order to create the full context.

5. Perspective
Perspective informs your viewers’ attention in your digital render. When you create your render, it should be from a specific angle that informs not only your subject or object, but its environment and surroundings as well.
Perspective also has an emotional impact on the viewer. For instance, creating a render with a perspective looking upwards at a building or statue gives the viewer a feeling of grandiosity and power.

3D modeling can take your artwork to the next level and the utilization of 3D modeling in creativity is virtually endless. From creating augmented reality experiences or designing packages or creating a virtual reality tour of an office space or an apartment building.

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