CREATE ROBO USING THESE TIPS ON YOUR WORKFLOW
The simplest but probably the most important part of the workflow is blocking out the basic shape of the robot. It’s fine to work with primitive shapes such as boxes and cylinders. It’s fine to use bad topology. The point is to nail down the inkblot, the shape you see if you squint your eyes. The right sequence should always start off with big shapes first, then down to medium shapes and only then do we go onto details.
Even if we do have a good grasp of manipulating topology it’ll still be a way slower process to make larger sweeping changes while refining. So this can’t be taken lightly – to avoid that project quitting disappointment near to the end don’t rush out of the blockout stage until definitely ready! At this refining stage we’re really locking in the blockout decisions. The general proportions and major transitional and interlocking shapes can be hard to revert after this. This is where our topology theory all comes into play, taking those floating primitives and meshing them into seamless objects.
Don’t be afraid of Boolean operations, it’s a myth that it’ll ruin your model beyond repair. Yes, the topology will get damaged (if you wanted all-quads in the first place), but you’ll fix it. There are numerous way to bring it back to norm – dissolving the near-miss vertices, adding bevels, marking some edges sharp, drawing supporting loops and so on. Cleaning up this mess is an integral part of the non-destructive workflow.
At this last step it’s natural after such intensive detailing sessions that we may have a few minor injuries, a few modelling bumps and bruises that we can help resolve in this final step in the process. Here we can get our 3D stethoscopes out to track down any less immediately noticeable issues and get our patient set loose out into the world. Modifier stack order corrections, missing geometry, flipped faces, lighting and shading tests, final topology tweaks and whatever else you can throw at it to get it fit enough to stand the harsh spotlight of a critique!