Design of Moving 3D Characters

A course by Jaime Alvarez Sobreviela
Model and designer. Madrid, Spain.
Joined May 2015
, Model and designer

Learn to easily create unique and fun characters with Cinema 4D

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (120)
  • 2422 students

Learn to easily create unique and fun characters with Cinema 4D



Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (120)
  • 2422 students
  • 26 lessons (4h 30m)
  • 7 additional resources (2 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever


Modeling a character in 3D and animating it can come to feel like creating an alter ego, a small part of you that comes alive inside a screen. Jaime Álvarez Sobreviela, creator of "Mr. Kat & Friends", knows about this, a universe of tender and refined characters led by the homonymous Mr. Kat, a funny black and white cat very fond of sleeping and playing.

In this course, Jaime will show you his process to create characters in Cinema 4D, touching all the important steps like polygonal modeling, splines, rendering engine, UV Map, texturing, motion capture animation and postproduction to generate ready pieces to show the world.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Welcome
  • U2
    U2. Preproduction
  • U3
    U3. X-Rays: 3D skeleton modeling with a stage inside
  • U4
    U4. Domesti-bot
  • U5
    U5. Render and integration of Domesti-Bot
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will begin by getting to know the work and influences of Mr. Kat, who will tell you how his universe of "Mr. Kat & Friends" characters was born and how he has applied his skills to the needs of his clients.

Before starting to model your character, you will learn to streamline your work process by customizing the Cinema 4D interface. You will see the workspace of Jaime and adapt yours to your needs.

You will analyze two projects of Mr. Kat & Friends: the classic skull and his Vanilla X-Ray project.

Then you will start to create your own designs, starting with the 3D modeling of Mr. Kat's skull, to then move to the skeleton and everything that goes inside it.

You will learn to render your projects through a V-Ray scenario that Mr. Kat will help you get on the internet, and then export your image to Adobe Photoshop, where you will give the final touches of color and you will get an image that you can share wherever you want. .

Then you will learn to create a robot in Cinema 4D using basic techniques. Through UV Mapping you will give texture and a special personality.

As in the previous lesson, you will go from the head to the body, to which you will also add texture with the same processes.

Using the technique of capture of movements and thanks to a variety of predetermined movements, you will animate your character.

Once again, the final step will be to render your project and export it to Adobe After Effects to retouch the color and add effects before generating a final file.

What is this course's project?

You will create your own 3D character with UV Map stickers and give it life through the motion capture technique.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

To beginner and intermediate level designers who want to specialize in 3D character design.

Requirements and materials

You will need a computer or computer with Cinema 4D, V-Ray, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop installed. Photoshop and After Effects will serve to adjust the color and bring your project to light.

New to Adobe After Effects? In that case, we recommend taking Domestika Basics courses to learn how to use the software: Introduction to After Effects.


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2422 Students
120 Reviews
98% Positive ratings

Jaime Alvarez Sobreviela

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Model and designer

Jaime Álvarez Sobreviela is the creator of Mr. Kat & Friends, a universe of characters led by Mr. Kat and accompanied by his closest friends: the fluffy cat Vanilla and the mystic Cosmic Panda. His character style has a marked kawaii style, also inspired by ancestral cultures and their own cats. A combination as heterogeneous as it is evident when he sees his works.

Through his designs, Jaime has worked for clients such as Apple, Movistar and McCann Worldgroup and has participated in festivals such as Today at Apple, OFFF and Pictoplasma.


Content

  • U1

    Welcome

    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Preproduction

    • Interface customization to work faster
    • Let's analyze the skull and skeleton Vanilla style Mr. Kat & Friends
  • U3

    X-Rays: 3D skeleton modeling with a stage inside

    • 3D Skull Modeling - part 1
    • 3D Skull Modeling - part 2
    • 3D modeling of the skeleton - part 1
    • 3D modeling of the skeleton - part 2
    • 3D modeling of the stage inside the skeleton - part 1
    • 3D modeling of the stage inside the skeleton - part 2
    • 3D modeling of the stage inside the skeleton - part 3
    • Get a Vray scenario on the internet to launch renders without the need to be an expert
    • Add materials and selections
    • Render by passes and integration in Photoshop
  • U4

    Domesti-bot

    • 3D modeling of Domesti-Bot's head
    • Texturing in a few steps the Domesti-Bot head thanks to UV Mapping
    • 3D modeling of Domesti-Bot's body - part 1
    • 3D modeling of Domesti-Bot's body - part 2
    • 3D modeling of the body of Domesti-Bot - part 3
    • Texturing the body of Domesti-Bot in a few steps thanks to UV Mapping - part 1
    • Texturing the body of Domesti-Bot in a few steps thanks to UV Mapping - part 2
    • Character preparation for the motion capture program
    • Assign pre-established animations of very good quality to Domesti-Bot thanks to Mixamo.
    • Import the animation from Mixamo to C4D: keyframes, bones
  • U5

    Render and integration of Domesti-Bot

    • Render with Vray
    • Post-Production
  • FP

    Final project

    • Final project

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Design of Moving 3D Characters. 3D, and Animation course by Jaime Alvarez Sobreviela

Design of Moving 3D Characters

A course by Jaime Alvarez Sobreviela
Model and designer. Madrid, Spain.
Joined May 2015
  • 98% positive reviews (120)
  • 2422 students