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Modeling an Anime Face- Part 1 by IsiacDaGraca Modeling an Anime Face- Part 1 by IsiacDaGraca
This dude, :icontheramosonline: Needed some help on his 3d model so i figured HEY! this is a good chance to make a tutorial!

(i apologize in advance for typos and spelling errors XD)

Modeling anime faces can be confusing even if you've modeled a human face before. Conventional methods like working form a square simply might not work. My method is more free form, and permits awkward forms easily, at least to me anyway.

This tutorial doesn't explain what the topology rules 'are' just my process for modeling them on an anime character. The source material comes from an awesome tutorial Phung Dinh Dzung. I suggest you read that tutorial before doing this tutorial.


This Is meant for people somewhat already familiar with blender, explaining everything might make this far too long. Not only that i avoid some details because everyones drawings are different you'll need to be creative in modeling them.

Also i'm sorry its a bit dull, i'm not quite used to GIMP. I'm a Photoshop person normally.

If my process seems familiar then it might be because i used to be very into spline modeling with animation master. That's basically where this modeling process comes from. So if you've ever seen or used that you'll be right at home.

Character Referance Draw by: :iconlionessjenna:
Character belongs to, and tutorial was made for: :icontheramosonline:

PART 2: [link]
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msaishakristine Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can you also do the same concept using 3dsmax? or is it an entirely different procedure?
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014   Digital Artist
Yes you can, the menu interface is different so i'm not exactly certain of the process, haven't used 3dsmax in a while. 

But over all yeah the concepts provided here should apply 3dsmax no problem. 

^i found this youtube video that talks about a very similar process to mine but for 3ds max. 
caio4856 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Great tutorial! I'm willing to try it as soon has i get the references done.

But i'm having trouble finding the 'import image as plane' plugin,could you lend me some help?
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013   Digital Artist
go to file -> user preferences -> then add-ons, you can enable the plugin there. finding it will be under import.
HG-The-Hamster Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
whats the name of the addon ? (didn't mean to barg in I just wanted to know so I can get started on this)
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013   Digital Artist
caio4856 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
Thank you very much!
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013   Digital Artist
no prob, just ask if there's any other issues :D
Gogo229 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Bahhhh, such a great tutorial although I'm still new to blender so I just don't know how to do anything I'm looking at.

Any suggestions for tutorials just to get me started on learning the techniques needed to complete this amazing tutorial? Thanks in advance.
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner May 6, 2013   Digital Artist

^tht video series seems really really good for learning the basics of blender.

The main things used in this tutorial are the plugins "import image to plane" for the reference, a modifier called "mirror", and keyboard shortcuts which are necessary for modeling.

the most important short cuts being extrude ("E"), fill ("F"), merge ("Alt+M")and the transform shortcuts ("G,S, and R").

that, a good reference image, and the basics are all you need to get started.

if you have any further questions feel free to ask.
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