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My Tuto Best of – Precision Ship Modelling – The Cutty Sark

we will teach you everything that you could ever need to know about using modern 3d software to recreate classic sailing ships. The methods used can be easily applied in the modelling of all kinds of vessels; from modern warships to early-era longboats.

This tutorial set can be used to create high and low polygon ship pieces that can be used in all forms of digital media from Advertising to Film and TV through to Games. The “Cutty Sark”¬Ě model, that is the focus of this tutorial, holds up well in both distance shots and close up to a very high resolution. For example, the hull texture, initially perceived as a plain black; in close up views is revealed to actually be made of fine layers of texture, starting as wood with a black tar, and then a gloss over the top.

From the initial setup of the ship, to the final rendering, everything is carefully covered, in over 30 hours of detailed instructional video. You’re shown how to set up the splines that will eventually form the keel, which is then surfaced up. The keel is split into a top and bottom segment so that the top can have deck holes for water drainage added. The deck is then laid and refined to its three main heights before the deck houses are added. This is followed by additional detail such as yardarms, belaying pins, rope hooks and so forth.

After this the masts are carefully added in and mast boom extensions put in place, from which the first rigging including the climbers is added. On top of this, several more layers of rigging are built up using splines and put into place. Sails are created, and using wind dynamics and Garment Maker their effective use is demonstrated. The anchor is modelled and an edge-looping exercise is completed which builds the figurehead. When complete, everything is put together and textured using several different methods. Finally a sea system is built and the completed 3d model is rendered using Mental Ray and the Daylight system.

This highly regarded tutorial set has been used by companies and professionals worldwide including the British Metropolitan Police and has featured in reconstruction footage broadcast on international TV. There’s really no better Maritime Modelling tutorial than this one.