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

A course by Aarón Martínez , Designer and Illustrator

Designer and Illustrator. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined September 2015

Learn to model with Cinema 4D, Illustrator, and Photoshop

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (437)
  • 7098 students

Learn to model with Cinema 4D, Illustrator, and Photoshop

A course by Aarón Martínez

Ready to add another dimension to your illustrations? Join designer and illustrator Aarón Martínez to explore the fundamentals of designing 3D characters and the basic tools for creating a fantasy world using Cinema 4D and V-Ray rendering.

In this online course, learn to play with colors and textures to simulate all kinds of materials in the most realistic way possible before exporting all of it for print, web, and 3D printing.

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What will you learn in this online course?

17 lessons & 10 downloads

Theory on 3D
5 minutes, 3 seconds
Basic Cinema 4D tools
12 minutes, 31 seconds
Sketch in pencil
5 minutes, 22 seconds
General structure I
25 minutes, 55 seconds
General structure II
22 minutes, 1 second
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (437)
  • 7098 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

What is this course's project?

Model a 3D character and its environment and optimize it for print, web, or 3D printing.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Designers, animators, illustrators, and 3D enthusiasts looking to learn more about character and setting development with Cinema 4D.

Requirements and materials

You need a computer with Cinema 4D (v13 or higher), the V-Ray rendering engine, Illustrator, and Photoshop.


7098 Students
437 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 specializing in 3D and industrial design. His work is incredibly varied, ranging from the creation of images for printed media to web design and 3D printing.

In his spare time, he enjoys creating characters and their worlds, basing his ideas on the question, "What do they do when no one is watching?" He enjoys playing with words and contradictions and always tries to add a surreal touch to his storytelling.

Aarón also enjoys observing the small details of things because it helps him understand how to model. Although most of his projects are destined for print or web, he treats each piece as if it were going to be physically reproduced in 3 dimensions.

He has worked for Coca-Cola, Nike, Miroculus, and 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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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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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 (437)
  • 7098 students