April 15 2022

Snapdragon Model 1st Basic Pass

I’ve been incredibly behind on this module and haven’t had enough time to try and catch up completely, although I know I need to dedicate some more time to this module. So I had a go at a first rough pass for the Snapdragon model, and although he’s very quickly done I think overall he looks alright and gives me an idea of what changes I might need to make.

It’s definitely not how I want the finished model to look like, especially after feedback that my character might look a little too scary or creepy for the final few scenes of out short, considering it’s meant to turn out that they’re friendly. However, it works well enough for now.

April 9 2022

Introduction to Blender

For the homework tasks for the first week, we were asked to try sculpting some different fruits. Setting up my drawing tablet at home to use with blender was definitely a good idea, as I much prefer using it.


I am actually really happy with this apple, it looks really good in my opinion! I didn’t experiment too much with the brushes though, it was mostly just the grab, smooth and draw tools. It’s not perfect but it’s certainly not awful.


I am less happy with the pear but I don’t hate it! I was really trying to add extra details on this one, like the strange crease some pears have and the imperfections of fruits. Not too much experimenting with this one either, though I did use some of the other brushes like the inflate and draw sharp tool.

I also modelled the leaf using the modelling part of blender, kind of like how I do it in Maya with a plane and subdivisions and moving around vertices, etc. Though I also sculpted it a little afterwards to move it around easily to form an interesting shape. The video I watched on how to do the modelling is under all of this.

Bell Pepper

I don’t like the bell pepper very much at all compared to the other two. Though it was a good practice task as I decided to try and experiment with modelling it in a different way than I did the first two. I used basically most of the brushes to try and build up the different sections of the pepper and get the creases in between sections too. I don’t know how successful I was in doing that but I tried haha. I think the draw sharp and pinch tools worked the best for that, though maybe there are better ways.

I definitely should have stuck with the way I did the last two though.




April 4 2022

3D Short Film – Character Designs, Animatic and Pre-vis

Snapdragon Design

I have been having a lot of trouble finding time for all the work I feel I need to do for this module at the minute, due to the deadline of the other module and my personal issues of moving house. However, I dedicated some time to putting together a character design proposal for my character, snapdragon.



I agreed to turn Jack’s storyboard into an animatic which would then be presented in class for feedback.

Charley’s Pre-vis

Charley Flint made this pre-vis

March 9 2022

3D-Digital-Literacy Reflective Staff Post

Sketchfab Link

Sketchfab Link – Acacia Radcliffe

All Relevant Blog Posts

Week 1 Modelling Challenges

Week 2 – Modelling Challenges

Week 3 – UV Maps

Week 4 – Substance Painter

Staff Model Progress – Main Body

Staff Model Progress – Skull

Staff Model Progress – Attachments

Staff Model Progress – Skull Again!

Staff Model Progress – Finishing Touches & UV mapping

200 word reflection post

3D-Digital-Literacy Reflection Post (200 words)


March 8 2022

3D-Digital-Literacy Reflection Post (200 words)

This module kind of scared me at the beginning, as I have no experience in working with 3D modelling programs, so needless to say, there was a big learning curve. I wasn’t able to be present physically for most lectures because of my household catching covid after the first week’s lecture. I’ve also been in the process of moving house after this, so it’s been a very stressful period of time for me overall.

I joined online when I could, and made sure to watch the recordings when I couldn’t. Despite not having enough time to complete all the extra tasks, I made sure to do as many as I could and I feel like my skill in Maya has definitely improved a lot since the beginning. I feel more confident navigating it and using shortcuts. UV mapping wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be, I actually surprised myself by getting the hang of it (in my opinion) pretty quickly.

I got pretty comfortable with Substance Painter quickly after going through all of the recorded videos about it, as they were very informative and easy to follow. Though I don’t understand the height map part fully.

March 8 2022

Staff Model Progress – Finishing Touches & UV mapping

Dreamcatcher/Crystal Ropes

The crystal needed to be held up by something, not just floating in the middle of the dreamcatcher so I modelled the ropes drawn into the design. Using the curves and loop process again.


I decided to change from the original design, as I felt the poker chip was a little out of place and needed something else to tie it in again, so I changed the dangling charms into cards!

Just cubes made thin and long and then bevelled at the edges.

Finished Model

UV Map

As far as I’m aware, UV maps are preferred to be all together in one square if it’s one asset or prop. So like a staff would be one, and a chair would be one. So a scene with lots of assets would have more squares used. So I put all my UV maps into one square. I could be completely wrong on this but it’s done now.

This video helped me understand what the issues with non-manifold geometry were, and what causes them, so I could fix them in my model as I couldn’t unwrap parts of my model due to this issue.


March 7 2022

Staff Model Progress – Skull Again!

I decided to retry making the skull again and was much more satisfied with it this time. It wasn’t quite right yet though.

I moved the skull into place in the staff and proceeded to make changes to the shape to make sure it fit and looked better. I also decided to make the skull hollow, and have the eyes, nose thing and the crack in it show this. So I added thickness through extrusion.

I modelled the arrow to put through the skull with a cylinder for the arrow shaft, and then a cube for the arrowhead. The back of the arrow was made using the plane process again. I had originally tried to model it while angled and placed where I wanted it to be in the skull, but quickly realised that wasn’t working and redid it flat on the plane, and moved it to where I needed it afterwards.



March 6 2022

Staff Model Progress – Attachments

Bandage Wraps

The first thing I decided to try and model was the bandages wrapped around the middle of the staff, which I tried to do a few different ways before deciding to research different ways to do it.

I found a video that I liked the look of and thought it would work for the type of thing I was looking for. I knew I could manipulate it to look the way I wanted it to. This is the video;

I followed the process for the leather wraps shown in the video, to duplicate the faces of the staff handle and then move them to the shape I wanted, and then shrinkwrap them to the main model. Then extruding them, and moving the vertices to ensure they fit around the staff in the way I needed them to.

For the looser bandages, I took the duplicated faces from the other wraps before I had shrink-wrapped them, and extruded them without doing that. Then I used the edge and vertices tools to ensure they sat the way I needed them to.

Hanging String Parts

I used the EP curve tool again to create curves where I wanted the strings to be on the model and then used a sweep mesh. They ended up having a lot of subdivisions, but I wanted them to look like rope or string, so I needed the curve precision to be quite high.

Then I followed the same vague process I used for the bandage wraps, to make it look like the hanging ropes or strings were wrapped around the top of the staff, instead of just hanging there and coming out of the staff.


I created a cylinder primitive and deleted the two end faces as they weren’t suitable for this shape. Then I extruded the shape and changed the thickness to get this shape. I also bevelled the edges, as nothing really has a sharp corner in reality.

I then made loops around the branch above the dreamcatcher too, as I really hate them looking like they’re coming out of nowhere. As well as adding little bits on the string, like a gem-shaped trinket and a bead.

Crystal in Dreamcatcher

There’s a crystal in the middle of the dreamcatcher in my design, so I decided to make that next. I found a tutorial showing how to make very stylised crystals and used the basic process from it.

The first attempt was too messed up, basically, every face was an n-gon and I couldn’t fix them with the multi-cut tool as it kept creating more on other faces when I added an edge. So I decided to redo it, but more carefully this time and with my new experience/knowledge.

It worked out a lot better

Poker Chip

Ah yes, the tiny bit of the original concept I had to keep for my sanity, a poker chip. I also used a cylinder, deleting the faces and bridging the edges. Then I used the multi-cut tool to create a bit around the edges. I selected the face loop and scaled it out to create a thicker part. Then I bevelled the edges.


I made feathers using the same process as we were shown in the flower and flower pot recordings, by taking a plane, getting rid of the subdivisions and adding your own. Then use them to create the shape you want, and extruding it, adding thickness. I also added a part in the middle of the feathers to make it more realistic.

More Crystals

There are crystals kind of embedded in the staff at the bottom, so I followed the same process as making the other crystal to create more ones for here, not wanting them all to be carbon copies of each other.

March 5 2022

Staff Model Progress – Skull

I attempted to model the crow skull part of my staff, though I was getting really frustrated with it as I just couldn’t get it the way I wanted it to be. This was the first attempt at the skull, which I can not overstate how much I hated. It also didn’t look very great outside of smooth mesh preview mode. It was a smoothed cube with a lot of extrusions and moving faces around.

I decided to try again and mostly did this by using the cube primitive and extruding faces out to where I needed them to be, then moving the vertices around to form more complicated shapes, as well as using the multi-cut tool when needed.

I went a little overboard on the chamfer vertices option and when I took the model out of smooth preview mode it was absolutely terrible, there were faces that were on places they should not be. I realise now the mistakes I made with the vertices and chamfer tool, and feel like at least I learned something new.

Therefore I will not be using this model of the skull, and I will definitely be remaking it after I finish the rest of the staff.

March 5 2022

Staff Model Progress – Main Body

Starting my Model and Studies Advice for 3D Literacy

During my studies advice on Wednesday with Mike, he went through how he would go about making the basics of my staff in very low detail, like the actual staff part and a basic skull, to show the techniques, like the curve tool and the extrude tool. This was helpful for building up the base part of the staff.

I used the EP curve tool to get a basic shape of my staff and then used a sweep mesh and used the taper graph to help add some more diversity and a little bit more of a warped look. To get the shape more detailed and exact, I used my reference art as an image plane and moved the edges and vertices around to get the exact shape I wanted. I also used the extrude tool on a face to get more edges, like the little ridges coming out of the basic staff shape.

For the branch coming off of the main question mark, scythe-like shape, I used the EP curve tool again, but selected a face and the curve and extruded it along the curve, then repeating this process with the extra small branches coming off the design.

General Studies Advice

I had made some progress on my staff model when I was doing the general studies advice with Henry, so I ended up showing him the parts I had done, although very little. He recommended removing some edges from certain areas, as they weren’t really needed, which you can see in these two screenshots. I can see why, I think I was going a little overboard with the edges at the beginning because I was still lacking in experience with topology, which I had never really thought about up until this point.

The Bottom Of the staff

I then started modelling the bottom part of the staff, which I did by filling the hole left by the sweep mesh there and then using the multi-cut tool to divide it into sections, ensuring they stayed polygons as well. Then I extruded the faces individually, moving them and continuing to extrude them to form the sort of shapes I was looking for in the branches coming off of the main body. 4

The bit underneath this was made from an EP curve as well, then joining the faces from the extruded branches to the multi-cut faces of the bottom part.

The target merge tools proved to be very useful here, for merging vertices and edges to ensure there were no random floating parts.