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08 August 2010, 10:56 AM
Hello all,
I have a CG learning blog to share with you. See
The blog is little a hobby of mine, sharing things learnt. Focus is on concepts and techniques rather than the tools. I'm introducing the blog here in Modeling-section because the learning material is clearly heaviest on that side - at least for now. I'm linking to modeling-only or modeling related articles though the blog has other subjects as well.

You can cherry-pick articles from this forum post, which I will update occasionally, bookmark the site and visit whenever, Subscribe to Email Updates(no spam) ( or to RSS-feed ( Or you can get the updates at Facebook (

Feel free to leave comments or critique. Both are appriciated.
- Niko

Tutorial - Model an Animation Ready Body
Step by step box-modeling an animation and sculpting ready male base mesh. Final result also shared as a download.

Modeling for animation - Test
Comparing model that is built for animation and another that's not.

Surface flow - Why it matters

How to Keep Modeling Fun
Discusses modeling techniques and introduces one way of box-modeling that keeps you safe from common hangups and hence is less troublesome - dare I say fun.
See the same technique used in video here,

Low-poly Tips
Basic tips for low-polygon work in the areas of modeling and texturing.

Low-poly Tips 2
More tips especially in the area of uv-mapping. Focus is in optimization.

Character Creation in Brief
Animation ready character creation steps in brief (for animation production or games). These are for those wondering how to go about it in general or for those wanting to compare workflows.

Modo, Zbrush and Messiah for Fast Production
Shows in brief a workflow in above software that is good for speedy detailed character creation and getting it rigged and rendered with the detail.

08 August 2010, 12:40 PM
Hi people,

I have a big Animation Character Creation-tutorial project underway. It will end up in the list above when complete.

For now I can show preview video and info about it and I don't want to burden this thread with those. If you are interested please see a separate thread in Tutorial and Workshops-section ( or you can go directly to the topic on my blog (


08 August 2010, 11:30 PM
Looks good! BTW, don't be discouraged by the lack of responses. Good luck with the projects.

08 August 2010, 12:59 PM
The blog looks really good and promising. Thank you for sharing!

08 August 2010, 09:49 AM
Hey Colorina and Kernond and thank you for posting and encouragement. Good to hear.

I will miss this weeks post on my blog due to being on holiday, but you can expect to see a new article next week.
Thanks again,

08 August 2010, 12:52 PM
Wicked ill check the blog later thanks for sharing your knowledge CGmascot

can i make a request/suggestion for a tutorial topic for your blog?

08 August 2010, 01:03 PM
Roninfang, thank you and thanks for asking. Feel free to suggest a topic. Maybe it is something I know about or can research futher. The more topics I have the merrier. Of course what I actually write about depends on what I have on my list and what interests me the most at that time.

The next 2-3 blogposts will likely be about the coming big tutorial, or related to it - little useful bits of information.

08 August 2010, 01:57 PM
well focusing my skills on modeling/texturing, modeling especially for animation use ^_^ so you have post related to it i will be interested in checking them out ^^

08 August 2010, 07:50 PM
Hi Roninfang,
I have a few articles and a tutorial on modeling for animation already (character modeling, that is). It is like a series of articles, starts from 'Surface Flow - Why it matters', see the list above. Every article, when you read them, has other articles related to it linked at the end. I think I could do a few articles more on the topic, later.

Texturing I haven't covered yet, so that goes on my list. Thanks Ronin.

08 August 2010, 02:12 AM
Great blog, thanks for the hard work!

08 August 2010, 08:28 PM
Luciano, thanks! Also thank you so much for the comments on the blog.

Everyone, I've added more preview stuff for the coming big tutorial (linked above). You can check it at the tutorial-hread in Tutorial and Workshops-section ( or you can go directly to the topic on my blog (

09 September 2010, 05:46 PM
Hi again. I've updated the list in the first post with a link to modeling tools & technique-video.

It is one of the preview-bits for my coming big tutorial - I show the modeling tools and method used in the tutorial. You read more here at CGsociety forum Tutorial-section ( or go directly to the topic on my blog (

09 September 2010, 03:11 AM
Wow the blog looks really nice. I have a suggestion though. I think you should post project ideas to get the creative juices flowing. Things like model a face each day for a month or something.

09 September 2010, 08:59 PM
Thank you, Jake. I take it you mean I could take on projects, like the one you suggested, and keep sort of a journal about it? A series of posts? Nice idea though I can't keep up daily updates - am too busy for that now. I may try it later though.
I am planning a series of articles about animation - one a week with video. One idea is to do an animation in a certain way, like walk cycle in old man style, and then show what things make it work.

Right now (and for some weeks at least), the only thing I'm working on for my site is the big tutorial. I'll get back to normal articles after that.

- Niko

09 September 2010, 09:47 PM
I meant more like suggesting creative projects idea to people once a week or something.

09 September 2010, 10:55 PM
I meant more like suggesting creative projects idea to people once a week or something.
Ok, now I got it. Sorry, it is night-time here and I'm reading things wrong and seeing little green men (tired). Thanks for the idea!

09 September 2010, 04:48 PM
Hi people. I've added another preview/info-video for the coming Character Creation Tutorial. This one concerns those who want to follow the tutorial using other software than Modo. You can check it at the tutorial-hread in Tutorial and Workshops-section ( or you can go directly to the topic on my blog (

09 September 2010, 09:46 AM
Hey all. Somebody may have noticed CGmascot-site was offline for 2 days. Well, it is up again - and improved!

It all started from issues I had with adding new fuctionality, almost broke the site, and then decided to go for an overhaul. That took me two long days. Sorry for the inconvenience.

The new design should offer far better access to site content. I hope you like it.

10 October 2010, 09:35 AM
Thank you for all of the information you have given out freely, it has been a huge help!

10 October 2010, 03:24 PM
Thank you Pierce, you are most welcome. The blog is a hobby - everybody needs one :)

10 October 2010, 09:30 AM
Hi all, I've added a brief tutorial on Modo, Zbrush and Messiah workflow for quick character animation production. It concerns modeling(sculpting) too which is why I add the link to the list. See first post in this thread or take direct link to the topic:

11 November 2010, 02:47 PM
It has been a month since my last blog article. Oops.

I've been very busy with Animation Character Creation tutorial. Here is an update on it, including the tutorial final render, and news about my blog. (

11 November 2011, 06:04 PM
Hey people. Unlike the lack of updates here might suggest, the learning blog is not dead. Due to changed work and personal life CGmascot blog has just being going very slow and also the articles published have not been about modeling - hence the lack of updates here.

Now I have something new on modeling(and uvw-mapping) to share, Low-poly Tips 2. The following link is added to list in first post:

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