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Updated: Aug 23, 2021

An artist usually begins by producing some kind of object, such as a cube, sphere, or plane. The object is just a starting form to begin modeling. The artist will develop this basic form and form it using various modeling tools.

For 3D modeling, it's always a good idea to start from simple and work towards complexity. 3D modeling is a precise workflow that usually involves painstaking placement of individual corners to achieve the correct contours of the desired object. The outer part of the network consists of polygons, which can be divided into smaller shapes to create more detail. These subdivisions are necessary, especially if the 3D model is to be animated. Any joint that needs to be bent, such as a character's array or elbow, will need these October polygons to ensure smooth movement. Several tools are available to speed up the modeling process. Most programs include a reflection technique that allows the artist to create a symmetrical model by working on only half or even a quarter of the object. This should be used specifically in character design, creating a perfectly symmetrical object, as an artist must model only one side of the character and project the work of the software along the desired October.

Other tools allow rapid deformation of a model's surface. For example, a noise texture can be used to relocate the mesh to obtain a more organic surface. Or a subdivision surface tool can be used to simulate a higher number of polygons. In this way, the artist can work “non-destructive” in a process that preserves his original work. This is important for more complex models that require experimentation. After the model is completed, the surface can be painted and textured.

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