Get fresh ideas with 3D sculpting

Paul Cana­van shows you how to use 3D sculpting tools to re­lax and gen­er­ate ideas for an il­lus­tra­tion

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Paul Cana­van shows how to con­quer artist’s block.

very artist has ex­pe­ri­enced art block. Stress is a ma­jor fac­tor that con­trib­utes to this con­di­tion: be­ing un­able to think of any­thing to draw, strug­gling with an ex­ist­ing paint­ing or feel­ing in­ad­e­quate when you com­pare your work to oth­ers leads to frus­tra­tion and can ul­ti­mately stop you want­ing to cre­ate at all. This is bad. De­vel­op­ing a process that would re­move the stress of paint­ing il­lus­tra­tions be­came a ma­jor goal of mine.

Parei­do­lia is a fancy word to de­scribe the phe­nom­e­non whereby we see shapes such as hu­man faces or an­i­mals in clouds or other places you wouldn’t ex­pect them. This has been used by artists for years, doo­dling in sketch­books un­til an idea pops out, but for my art block-beat­ing process I wanted to re­move my­self from draw­ing in the early stages al­to­gether. Sculpting, whether us­ing tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als like clay or with 3D soft­ware was the an­swer: it’s tac­tile, re­lax­ing – and fun! Spend­ing an hour or so play­ing around in 3D led to in­ter­est­ing shapes and com­po­si­tions ev­ery time and con­sis­tently gave me ideas for new il­lus­tra­tions.

I’ll be us­ing 3D-Coat for the sculpting phase (al­ter­na­tives in­clude ZBrush and Sculp­tris), Oc­taneRen­der for ren­der­ing (lots of op­tions here in­clud­ing Blender, MODO or KeyShot), DAZ 3D and Photoshop. No real 3D knowl­edge is re­quired for this work­shop – ex­per­i­men­ta­tion is the key here!

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