Abstract 3D Art

A course by Ali Sahba
Multidisciplinary Designer and Photographer. London, United Kingdom.
Joined February 2020
, Multidisciplinary Designer and Photographer

Combine different digital tools to create photorealistic illustrations from concept to completion

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  • 1002 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
Abstract 3D Art

Combine different digital tools to create photorealistic illustrations from concept to completion

  • 100% Positive reviews (40)
  • 1002 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Intermediate
  • 15 Lessons (2h 35m)
  • Available from the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Experimentation is essential for telling stories in a different way. That’s why designer Ali Sahba combines different tools and software in his 3D projects, allowing him to create realistic visual renders that push the limits of contemporary storytelling.

In this course, get inspired by your craziest ideas and explore the possibilities that exist when you blend powerful digital tools in a single project. Take your idea from concept to completion by playing around with shape, color, and composition in a 3D space and create something original. Learn to build on your knowledge and prepare your final imagery for sharing online or inside your portfolio.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Formulating the Concept
  • U3
    U3. Creative Combination
  • U4
    U4. Post Production
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Begin this course by getting to know Ali, his background, and his work. Get to know which artists influence his ideas, how his creative process is impacted, and why it’s important to gather good inspiration in preparation for your final project.

Start defining the concept of your final project by exploring emotions and other abstract ideas. Begin collecting reference images as inspiration and create a mood board. Make a list of the digital assets you will need and find resources inside an online texture library.

Step into Cinema 4D and learn how to start designing your base model using simple techniques like splines and sweeps. Then, get introduced to Marvelous Designer and learn how to create different digital fabrics for your model.

Explore the basics of digital lighting, composition, and focal lengths inside Cinema 4D. Go through a detailed explanation of Redshift and learn how you can adjust different render settings to get the most out of the plugin.

Finally, wrap things up with Ali by learning how to edit and color correct your image in Photoshop. Once your work is ready for the world to see, save it in different formats and export it at different resolutions to easily share on social media.

What is this course's project?

Create an abstract 3D illustration of your choice (the instructor will make a twisted arm) and apply a photorealistic render.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

This course is for anyone who wants to learn about 3D illustration and software, and for designers and illustrators who want to combine multiple programs and tools in their creative work.

What you need

To take this course, basic knowledge of 3D programs and familiarity with complete digital workflows is recommended.

To follow along in this course, you will need a good computer with the following programs installed: Maxon Cinema 4D, Marvelous Designer, the Redshift render plugin, and a photo editing program like Photoshop.


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Ali Sahba

A course by Ali Sahba

Multidisciplinary Designer and Photographer

Ali Sahba is a multidisciplinary designer and photographer based in London. He currently works at London design studio Man vs Machine, creating 3D animations, illustrations, and other projects for a wide range of digital and print media.

By creating work that is clean, minimal, and colorful, Ali has achieved a client list that includes Apple, Microsoft, Adidas, Oreo, Ritter Butzke, and LeCrobag, among others. His work can be found on his website or seen on his Instagram feed.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
    • What We Will Do in the Course?
  • U2

    Formulating the Concept

    • The Concept and the Idea
    • Mood Board and Assets
  • U3

    Creative Combination

    • Creating Base Model in Cinema 4D
    • Bringing Base Model in Marvelous Designer and Simulating Fabrics 1
    • Bringing Base Model in Marvelous Designer and Simulating Fabrics 2
    • Composition and Lighting in Cinema 4d and Redshift Render Engine 1
    • Composition and Lighting in Cinema 4d and Redshift Render Engine 2
    • Texturing and Shading in Cinema 4D and Redshift 1
    • Texturing and Shading in Cinema 4D and Redshift 2
    • Setting up the Render
  • U4

    Post Production

    • Colour Correction and Editing in Photoshop
    • Presenting Your Work on Instagram and/or Behance
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Abstract 3D Art

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Abstract 3D Art. A Illustration, 3D, and Animation course by Ali Sahba

Abstract 3D Art

A course by Ali Sahba
Multidisciplinary Designer and Photographer. London, United Kingdom.
Joined February 2020
  • 100% Positive reviews (40)
  • 1002 students