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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.

[link]

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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:iconmsaishakristine:
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?
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional 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. 
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:iconcaio4856:
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?
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
go to file -> user preferences -> then add-ons, you can enable the plugin there. finding it will be under import.
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:iconhg-the-hamster:
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)
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
addon?
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:iconcaio4856:
caio4856 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
Thank you very much!
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
no prob, just ask if there's any other issues :D
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:icongogo229:
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.
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
[link]

^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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:icongogo229:
Gogo229 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Whoa,thank you so much.

I signed up for deviantart because of this post and so far it's
a ton better than all of those other crappy websites where the
users take up to 4 months to reply.

Thanks again by the way and if it's not a problem I'll come back
any time I need some more help for a simpleton like me ^_^
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
heh its cool dude, i like helping people :D

look forward to seeing your work!

also if you like good art communities, i hang around this google+ community alot [link]

the people there are actually part of what inspired me to get drawing daily. I'm sure they'll motivate you too ;)

I also get on google hangouts with the group from time to time and screenshare when i'm working, so if you need help you might find me there.
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:icongogo229:
Gogo229 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Hah, I just can't thank you enough for introducing me to this whole different world.

I'll take a bit more of a look into that art community. I love drawing it's just I never really feel compelled to draw and I just end up drawing either in class or rarely at home.

Hopefully I'll start uploading soon. Blender things of course since I can't really draw (come to think of it I need to find some nice drawing tutorials o__o) though thanks again, hopefully get in touch with you sometime soon.

Cya :3
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
we;; the community there will definitely help you with developing your drawing, i'll be there to give advice too.

looking forward to your work.
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:iconalelokk:
Alelokk Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your welcome! if you need any help feel free to ask, don't miss my female anatomy tips tutorial too!

i even have a free model to download based off of both of these "anais"
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ketsui-chan Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
T_T The mirror modifier won't work for me. And how do you get reference pictures if you're doing a different character? I tried drawing them myself, but... Well... Let's just say I can draw front view, but profile view... No. Just no.
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
In that case you might need to improve your profile drawing a bit. Front and side views don't need to perfectly match but there must be some consistency.

check out this tutorial... [link] or [link]

there's tons of others, but the baisic idea is the same.

Once you have that, scan you images in (if it's on paper) line them up to be the same size, and similar position in some photo editing program. then use the "import image" plugin in blender. Here's a tutorial for that... [link]

As for the mirror modifyer, its good to have some of the model in place before activating that but here's a good tutorial for that too.

[link]

hope this helps.
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:iconleannetran:
leannetran Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a great tutorial!
I've been hesitant about trying to do 3D things but this is really helpful and easy to follow. :)
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D

IF you have an questions feel free to ask!
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:iconleannetran:
leannetran Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! :)
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:icondraconianrain:
DraconianRain Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
T^T you have no idea how happy I am to find this! Finally a good tutorial <3 You're a legend <3
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you enjoyed it!

If you have any questions feel free to note me :)

Wow, nice gallery, I'd love to see any work you create.*watched*
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:icondraconianrain:
DraconianRain Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
D8 thank you so much <3 I just may take that offer and be back with a question one day.

And thank you so much! That's very kind of you <3
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:iconidiedalittle:
idiedalittle Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
how do you load the ref pic into the background oAo
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
there is a plugin in blender called import image to plane, this method is best imo.


there also used to be a way to actually add images to the background of a certain view but i don't know how to do it.
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:iconidiedalittle:
idiedalittle Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
oh ok thanks :3
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:iconhitoha-chan:
Hitoha-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student General Artist
this is an amazing tutorial! thank you!
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
no prob glad you enjoy it :D
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:icondarkcronos:
DarkCronos Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NICE DONE MMM CAN YOU REFER ME TO A GOOD IDIOT PROOF TUTORIAL FOR THE LAST VERSION IT'S A PAIN TO LOOK AT THE OLD TUTORIAL AND FIGURE WHERE ARE PLACED THE THINGS IN THE NEW VERSION 2.5
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is for version 2.5

but if it helps blender guru talked about some of the changes.
[link]
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:icondarkcronos:
DarkCronos Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
tanks a lot
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:iconmomokuchi:
momokuchi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student General Artist
That's one thing I hate about 3D: Deciding whether to fix it, or to scrap the whole thing and do a new one XD
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
yeah scraping is a hard choice, i normally make my decision on two things.

How long it took me to make it

and how long it will take me to fix it.

Heads like these and even the female figure don't take too long to model. the head should be about 30 minutes (this entire tutorial took only 30 minutes for me) and a full figure should take 3 hours at most(especially if its not very detailed).

I'f i've been working on the base of a head (no eyes or any detail) and its taken me an hour on that alone then i must be making things too complicated and should try a better approach. If i made the head in 30 minutes, yet it looks wrong and also looks like it would take me hours (or an hour) to fix it then i obviously made things too complicated. as for a full figure sometimes you don't need to start over entirely just salvage whats good and start over on the rest (unless its ALL bad).

In the early initial stages of your model things should be simple and fairly quick, and more than likely your model won't be in perfect form at the beginning so you'll HAVE to fix it. if at anytime it seems like things are taking too long, stop and start over.
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:iconmomokuchi:
momokuchi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Thx for the feedback! I guess I'll have to practise some more to become faster. Although I have to admit I haven't modeled that much yet.
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
well just know that when it comes to modeling (atleast for me anyway) simple and fast is better than slow and complicated.

some new people model with dense models (tons of points to edit), a bunch of squares with no flow to them, or tons of triangles.

in what ever you model in the future, start out by keeping it simple and work from there using no more than you need too.

wish you luck :)
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:iconmomokuchi:
momokuchi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student General Artist
thanks! Your hints are really helpful! I'll keep those in mind!

I guess I'll try modeling a phew heads in 30min sessions, just for fun. Usually I only start up my 3d engines when there'sa big project to do :D
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
worth a shot, more you do it the faster you get :)
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:iconthorgriim:
Thorgriim Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome tortorals... thanks for making them
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
no prob man, hope they help you out :D
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:iconstealthflanker:
Stealthflanker Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hohohoho.. Allah SWT hears my pray :D

Nice work dude... easily fave
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
lol no prob, i hope it helps you :D
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:iconstealthflanker:
Stealthflanker Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it will be .
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:icontheramosonline:
TheRamosOnline Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perhaps you could also cover the hair in part 2 as well, please?
I've been trying it myself but no technique I can find does it right. I don't want it to be like realistic hair, I want that thick hair made from a cube or something, but with bones so it can move slightly.
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hm, chunk hair has a good deal of steps beyond modeling like texturing and such.

Using particle hair can easily generate a higher quality look, i'll explore both.

not sure if it will be in part 2, but i will do a tutorial on that.
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:icontheramosonline:
TheRamosOnline Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hm... Well can Particle hair still produce cartoony hair? I thought chunk hair would keep the Anime style and be easier in the long run to manage...
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
i might choose to create that over part 2 tonight...we'll see.

one step at a time ;)
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:iconisiacdagraca:
IsiacDaGraca Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
yes it can actually, quite easily too.

And with the method i use its extremely easy to manage.

modeled hair can be managed well but not as easily depending on how you handle it.

I'll explore the options when i get to it.
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:icontheramosonline:
TheRamosOnline Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kay~
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