Introduction to Hard Surface Modeling

A course by Victoria Passariello Fontiveros , Digital Artist

Digital Artist. Madrid, Spain.
Joined April 2019

Learn the techniques and tools to make robots using polygonal-design programs like Maya and 3ds Max

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 91% positive reviews (134)
  • 2899 students

Learn the techniques and tools to make robots using polygonal-design programs like Maya and 3ds Max

Creating robots and sci-fi characters with stories that go beyond the present is what Victoria Passariello, a 3D video-game and visual-effects artist, is passionate about. Specializing in hard-surface modeling, a method with which she works on rigid surfaces, achieving smoothness, details, and textures in the material, she has created characters and models with a mechanical appearance for games such as BattleTech and The Mandate, trailers such as Outriders and Destiny Warmind, and Netflix shows.

In this introductory course to hard-surface modeling, learn the necessary techniques and tools that Victoria uses to model a simple robot with Autodesk 3ds Max—the software that the teacher uses—or any other polygonal-design program of your choice, render different images with KeyShot, and carry out effective post-production in Adobe Photoshop.

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What will you learn in this online course?

36 lessons & 12 downloads

Reference Search
18 minutes, 52 seconds
Software to use
6 minutes, 33 seconds
Creation of the base mesh I
14 minutes, 29 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 91% positive reviews (134)
  • 2899 students
  • 36 lessons (7h 12m)
  • 12 additional resources (6 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, French, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Model a robot or science-fiction character with the hard-surface modeling technique.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for designers, amateur digital artists, architects, and anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of hard-surface modeling.

Requirements and materials

You need basic knowledge of polygon modeling, lighting, and rendering. Having notions of the post-production of images is also useful, although it is not essential.

As for the materials, you need a computer with a polygonal-modeling program—either Autodesk 3ds Max or Maya, or any other program (Victoria teaches you her technique with 3ds Max, but you can work with any program you want). You should also have KeyShot or any other rendering software you already know how to use, and Adobe Photoshop.


2899 Students
134 Reviews
91% Positive ratings

Victoria Passariello Fontiveros

After graduating in industrial design in 2008, she decided to focus on the creation of 3D models for video games. She taught herself by delving into all the stages of creating a model via DVDs, books, and tutorials from different artists in the field, managing to create a professional-level portfolio after a lot of hard work, which opened the doors to her first jobs in the video-game sector.

Since 2015, she has been working as a freelancer on various video-game projects (BattleTech and The Mandate), visual effects, trailers (Outriders, Destiny Warmind), television series (Star Trek), and augmented reality (Many Worlds).


  • U1


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

    Search for references and software

    • Reference Search
    • Software to use
    • Basic tools that I use in Max and Shortcuts
    • Basic tools that I use in Max and Shortcuts II
  • U3

    Modeling - Creation of the base mesh

    • Creation of the base mesh I
    • Creation of the base mesh II
    • Creation of the base mesh III
    • Creation of the base mesh IV
    • Creation of the base mesh V
    • Creation of the base mesh VI
  • U4

    Modeling - Form Development

    • Development of forms I
    • Development of forms II
    • Development of forms III
    • Development of forms IV
    • Development of the V forms
    • Development of forms VI
    • Development of forms VII
    • Development of forms VIII
  • U5

    Modeling - Adding details

    • Adding details I
    • Adding details II
    • Adding details III
    • Adding details IV
    • Adding details V
    • Adding VI details
  • U6

    Modeling - Support edges for subdivision

    • Support edges for subdivision I
    • Support edges for subdivision II
    • Support edges for subdivision III
    • Support edges for subdivision IV
    • Support edges for subdivision V
  • U7

    Robot Rendering

    • Clay Render in Keyshot I
    • Clay Render in Keyshot II
  • U8

    Postproduction of the final render in Photoshop

    • Postproduction of the final render in Photoshop
    • Support images
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to robot modeling

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Introduction to Hard Surface Modeling. 3D, and Animation course by Victoria Passariello Fontiveros

Introduction to Hard Surface Modeling

  • 91% positive reviews (134)
  • 2899 students