Design of Characters in Cinema 4D: from the Sketch to 3D Printing

A course by Aarón Martínez
Designer and Illustrator. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined September 2015
, Designer and Illustrator

Learn to model with Cinema 4D, Illustrator and Photoshop

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (428)
  • 6660 students

Learn to model with Cinema 4D, Illustrator and Photoshop

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (428)
  • 6660 students
  • 17 lessons (4h 12m)
  • 10 additional resources (4 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

The Designer and Illustrator Aarón Martínez will teach you the keys to the design of 3D characters and the basic tools to create a fantastic world with Cinema 4D and the V-Ray render.

You will learn to play with colors and textures until you manage to simulate all kinds of materials in the most realistic way possible and you can export it both for printing on paper, web and 3D printing. Give your artwork another dimension!

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Introduction to 3D and Cinema 4D
  • U3
    U3. First sketches
  • U4
    U4. Last finishes
  • U5
    U5. Export to different formats
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will begin to know better the characters of Aaron Martinez, his imaginary and the most important influences of his work.

Then Aaron will teach you some basic concepts as an Introduction to 3D. You will learn the basic tools to work with Cinema 4D and learn to create simple elements as families of objects.

Once you have understood the operation of the program, you will begin to define the main features of the model that you will use to create your own character with pencil and paper and you will create its basic structure in Cinema4D.

When you have given the last details to your illustration as wrinkles, buttons, lenses, etc. It will be time to add color and textures with Illustrator and Photoshop. You will learn to create materials from scratch and simulate wood or metal finishes.

In addition, you will design an environment in which your character can live and you will configure the scene to be rendered with V-Ray.

Finally, you will know how to export your project to different formats: digital printing, web or 3D printer.

What is this course's project?

You will model a character and its environment to create a piece in paper, web or reproduction for 3D printing.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

To Designers, Animators and Illustrators who want to delve into Cinema 4D and all 3D enthusiasts.

Requirements and materials

You will need a computer with version 13 of Cinema 4D, the rendering engine V-Ray, Illustrator and Photoshop.


6660 Students
428 Reviews
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Aarón Martínez

A course by Aarón Martínez

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Designer and Illustrator

Aarón Martínez is an Illustrator and Designer specialized in 3D Design and Industrial Design.

The application of his work is very broad and ranges from the creation of images for printed media, through web design or 3D printing.

Enjoy creating characters and their worlds, situations based on "what they do when nobody sees them", play with words, fall into contradictions ... always looking to tell stories of surreal tint.

He says he likes to observe the small details of things because it helps him understand how to model and, although most of his projects are destined for paper or web, he treats each piece as if it were to be reproduced physically in 3 dimensions trying to achieve the maximum functionality in sight.

He has worked for Coca-Cola, Nike, Miroculus or Aquacific among others.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Introduction to 3D and Cinema 4D

    • Theory on 3D
    • Basic Cinema 4D tools
    • Creation of simple elements or families of objects
  • U3

    First sketches

    • Sketch in pencil
    • General structure I
    • General structure II
    • General structure III
    • Details
  • U4

    Last finishes

    • Color and texture
    • Creation of context I
    • Creation of context II
    • Render
  • U5

    Export to different formats

    • Different formats
    • Format for 3D printing
    • Printing in the workshop
  • FP

    Final project

    • Design of characters in Cinema 4D: from sketch to 3D printing

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Design of Characters in Cinema 4D: from the Sketch to 3D Printing. 3D, and Animation course by Aarón Martínez

Design of Characters in Cinema 4D: from the Sketch to 3D Printing

A course by Aarón Martínez
Designer and Illustrator. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined September 2015
  • 99% positive reviews (428)
  • 6660 students