3D Self-Portrait Creation for Social Media in Cinema 4D

A course by YIPPIEHEY
Illustrator. Hamburg, Germany.
Joined November 2019
, Illustrator

Discover the world of character design by creating an expressive portrait filled with detail and texture using 3D modeling techniques

  • 100% positive reviews (94)
  • 1981 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Discover the world of character design by creating an expressive portrait filled with detail and texture using 3D modeling techniques

  • 100% positive reviews (94)
  • 1981 students
  • 37 lessons (9h 23m)
  • 16 additional resources (4 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Character design takes on a whole new meaning when 3D modeling techniques are involved—especially when it’s a playful self-portrait. Using the digital tools of Cinema 4D, Jacob Eisinger, creates charming characters filled with rich detail and expression. Also known under his online alias YIPPIEHEY, he has worked with brands like Apple, Samsung, Adobe, Wired, and The Washington Post.

In this course, Jacob gives you a complete walk through of character design and 3D modeling by creating a custom avatar of yourself. He takes you step by step through the process, from the initial sketch to modeling and rendering the final design in Cinema 4D.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Ideation and Sketch
  • U3
    U3. Creating Our Character
  • U4
    U4. Continued Character Creation
  • U5
    U5. Render and Post-production
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin by getting to know Jacob. He shares his creative journey into the world of 3D illustration, as well as some of his projects. Hear about the artists who motivated him throughout his journey and how they have shaped his work.

Get inspired by creating a mood board filled with references that resonate with your desired look. Next, sketch out the initial design of your character as Jacob shares with you some helpful drawing techniques. Then add personality to your sketch by working on some variations and creating an additional perspective.

Time to go digital! Once you’ve digitized your sketch, discover how to create a basic scene and incorporate a light setup in Cinema 4D. Learn how to model the body of your character using the boxmodeling technique. Move on to modeling the head and face by adding facial features and hair.

Continue your character creation journey by adding the finer details like eyebrows and lashes, or even a beard! Give your character a sense of style by modeling their clothing and accessories. Learn how to add texture and color to your character as the final touches.

Jacob then shows you how to render your character using Redshift, as well as how to color correct it in Photoshop. Now that your character is ready to be shared on social media, Jacob walks you through some bonus lessons to teach you alternate ways to customize your character design using Marvelous Designer.

What is this course's project?

Create a character design from scratch using 3D modeling techniques in Cinema 4D.

Jacob creates a character design based on his own image, but you’re free to create anyone of your choosing!

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is ideal for artists, designers, and curious minds interested in creating 3D characters for social media using modeling techniques.

Requirements and materials

Previous experience with Cinema 4D is helpful, but not necessary.

To take this course, you need a pencil and paper for your sketch, and access to Cinema 4D and Photoshop. Jacob uses Redshift for rendering, but that is optional.


1981 Students
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A course by YIPPIEHEY

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Jacob Eisinger is a German illustrator, art director, and 3D artist specialized in character design. He founded his own illustration studio, YIPPIEHEY, which is based in Frankfurt, and has over ten years of experience in his field. His clients range across different industries including advertising, editorial, trade fairs, social media, and more.

Throughout his career, Jacob has collaborated with brands like Apple, Samsung, Adobe, Mercedes, McDonald's, Fujitsu Siemens, UNICEF, Toyota, Ocean Spray, Kool-Aid, and many others. His work can also be seen in publications like The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Out, and Wired, among others.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Ideation and Sketch

    • Mood Board
    • Reference Collage
    • Character Sketch
  • U3

    Creating Our Character

    • Creating a Basic Scene and Light Setup
    • Modeling the Body 1
    • Modeling the Body 2
    • Head and Face 1
    • Head and Face 2
    • Head and Face 3
    • Head and Face 4
  • U4

    Continued Character Creation

    • Hair 1
    • Hair 2
    • Hair 3
    • Hair 4
    • Hair 5
    • Hair 6
    • Hair 7
    • Hair 8
    • Hair 9
    • Clothing and Accessories 1
    • Clothing and Accessories 2
    • Texturing 1
    • Texturing 2
    • Texturing 3
    • Texturing 4
    • Texturing 5
  • U5

    Render and Post-production

    • Rendering and Retouching 1
    • Rendering and Retouching 2
    • Bonus: Marvelous T-Shirt 1
    • Bonus: Marvelous T-Shirt 2
    • Bonus: Marvelous T-Shirt 3
    • Bonus: Marvelous T-Shirt 4
    • Bonus: Advanced Hair Setup 1
    • Bonus: Advanced Hair Setup 2
    • Bonus: Advanced Hair Setup 3
  • FP

    Final project

    • 3D Character Modelling with Cinema 4D

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3D Self-Portrait Creation for Social Media in Cinema 4D. 3D, and Animation course by YIPPIEHEY

3D Self-Portrait Creation for Social Media in Cinema 4D

A course by YIPPIEHEY
Illustrator. Hamburg, Germany.
Joined November 2019
  • 100% positive reviews (94)
  • 1981 students