Still-Life Composition in 3D

A course by Pablo Schiavo
Designer and 3D Artist. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined November 2015
, Designer and 3D Artist

Learn how to design, create, and render a 3D image using Cinema 4D, OctaneRender, and Photoshop

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (24)
  • 454 students
Still-Life Composition in 3D

Learn how to design, create, and render a 3D image using Cinema 4D, OctaneRender, and Photoshop

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (24)
  • 454 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 17 Lessons (2h 38m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Translating complex concepts into 3D images that reflect both the brand and the client’s project is 3D designer and founder of Geomancy studio Pablo Schiavo’s favorite challenge. Pablo has worked with clients like HBO, Swatch, Bundesliga and MSI through digital modeling, the creation of spaces, lighting, materials, and 3D textures.

In this course, learn how to create a series of still life compositions in 3D. Alongside Pablo, you’ll discover all the tools you need to give life to your designs and render images with Cinema 4D, OctaneRender, and Adobe Photoshop in a professional way.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preproduction
  • U3
    U3. Modeling, lighting and creation of materials
  • U4
    U4. Render
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start by getting to know your teacher, Pablo Schiavo, about his professional career as a designer and 3D artist. He tells you about his influences and what you’ll learn in the course.

Discover design’s fundamental elements, such as balance, contrast, and color, then understand how to include them when developing a 3D style frame. Create a mood board with your references and get started on Cinema 4D. Study the cameras and create a simple composition with the software.

Pablo shows you how to add new objects to your composition and explains how to use each tool available in the software to use for your 3D model. Learn three basic lighting techniques to help compose your final light render, before learning how to build objects using OctaneRender.

In the final unit, follow all the steps required to configure your final render and carry out the color correction in your style frame. Work with maps on Photoshop, using the Reflection and Diffuse functions to give realism to your composition. To finish, create new camera angles to present your work in an original way for your portfolio.

What is this course's project?

Create a series of three style frames, each composed of three different perspectives: a general view, a medium-frame view, and a close-up view of the details of your composition to use in your portfolio.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

For designers, artists, illustrators, photographers, architects, and all those interested in 3D modeling.

What you need

To take this course, you need basic Cinema 4D and Adobe Photoshop skills, as well as a computer with these softwares and a OctaneRender installed.


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Pablo Schiavo

A course by Pablo Schiavo

Designer and 3D Artist

Pablo Schiavo is a designer and 3D artist specialized in creating style frames. Using digital modeling, he explores how to translate complex concepts through 3D images, constantly experimenting with shapes, lighting, textures, materials, and colors.

He is also the founder of Geomancy Studio, specialized in the creation of digital experiences that explore limits between realism and imagination through 3D compositions. He has collaborated with major brands like HBO, Swatch, Bundesliga, MSI, Nickelon, TFX France, Fernet Branco, and more.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2


    • Design basics
    • Mood board and references
    • Composition and camera
  • U3

    Modeling, lighting and creation of materials

    • Review of tools
    • Item modeling: tablecloth
    • Item modeling: balloon
    • Basic three-light lighting
    • Final lighting
    • Material Construction in Octane 1
    • Material construction in Octane 2
    • Material construction in Octane 3
  • U4


    • Render settings
    • Color composition
    • Final advice
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Still-Life Composition in 3D

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Still-Life Composition in 3D. A Design, 3D, and Animation course by Pablo Schiavo

Still-Life Composition in 3D

A course by Pablo Schiavo
Designer and 3D Artist. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined November 2015
  • 100% Positive reviews (24)
  • 454 students