How to Start Sculpting in BodyPaint 3D

How to Start Sculpting in BodyPaint 3DBodyPaint 3D contains some powerful 3D modelling tools, which includes 3D Sculpting. This method lets 3D artists create finer detail faster than traditional polygonal modelling. It's also easy to start with and pretty fun too. Read on to learn how...

What is 3D Sculpting?

As the name suggests, 3D sculpting is very similar to its real-life counterpart. The major differerence is that you can 'chip' with much greater accuracy with a slew of powerful tools on offer, and if you make a mistake it's much easier to fix than a bit of stone is! 

The 3D sculpting tools of BodyPaint 3D are the same ones that you find in Cinema 4D Studio. These were specifically deisgned to be easy to get to grips with and they are. Even an amateur sculpter can get some nice looking work out using the tools on offer. And just because they are easy to work with, doesn't mean that they are lacking on features. As well as core tools, you'll discover some nifty ones too like symmetrical detailing, texture stencilling and even being able to sculpt inorganic objects, like buttons or zips!

HOW TO START SCUlpting in bodypaint 3d

In this video, I go through how I would set up a sculpt from scratch. We look at how to subdivide an object and how to get yourself ready for sculpting good detail.

I look at how to use layers to help compartmentalise your work, which really helps further down the line when you want to check through your work, or rework certain sections of your sculpt.

I look at a few simple tools, namely the Push, Smooth and Repeat tools, as well as their options for sculpting different premade brushes or stencils.

I also explore different ways of ensuring that your model is symmetrical, either by using the brush options or the Sculpt Symmetry tool.

By the end of this tutorial, you should have a good understanding of how the sculpting tools work and what you can do with them. I hope that they open up some interesting and fun new options for you to put to use in your 3D art.

BodyPaint 3D is a feature-packed piece of 3D software that does a lot more than just 3D painting and texturing. If you'd like to give it a go, grab a free trial here.

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