The Christmas of The Little Snowmen – half 3 · 3dtotal · Study | Create


And eventually we’re right here! It’s time to ending the illustration with some lighting ideas, additional particulars, and the put up manufacturing course of. To start out, we’ll add additional particulars as a result of sure… we have to add them for the aim of serving to the illustration. After that we’ll start the lighting.

To complete, we’ll retouch in Procreate to have our remaining illustration prepared!

And extra particulars…

I used to be near ending and beginning with the lighting course of, however I could not get proud of the composition – perhaps the illustration wanted extra Christmas decorations. I considered uncommon props we will discover on this season, and the large candies was a good suggestion. With the mannequin prepared I wanted to compose my picture once more, preserving in thoughts the pure composition instructions, however now including some variations within the rotation and path of the sweet canes to provide dynamism.

Even when you might have completed your composition, return and examine it together with your moodboard, it could enable you to to search out extra parts so as to add.

First lighting

We’ll begin to create our lighting! Like the opposite steps, we have to consider the aim of every gentle. Creating illumination isn’t solely placing down random lights, every gentle has a purpose to exist, that’s the reason I level out every kind of sunshine and its path.

When we’ve the overall shadows prepared (HDRI) it’s time to begin with the lights, usually we’ll begin with a solar gentle (proper) which might help us to visualise our secondary shadows too. On the identical time would be the gentle with extra incidence within the normal scene. It’s regular for this gentle to create arduous shadows too, however we’ll repair it by including one other gentle (circle left) to the scene to cut back these shadows. The additional lights (traces) have the operate to mark the form of our objects, the tree, and home.

The form lights (traces) have the aim to separate every factor to the background.

Lighting particulars

Even when the sunshine works by preserving the eye on our point of interest, there’s an empty area on the backside. You may see the distinction with the quantity of sunshine in each locations, and that may be a distracting issue within the illustration.

Fixing it was one of many hardest components as a result of I wanted so as to add lights to that a part of the composition, however it could’t be a random gentle. For consistency I considered extra vacation lights, however a unique colour. On the time of including it I attempted to make use of them like guides in direction of the path of my point of interest, serving to me with the cable too.

Making a path with lights could be a good approach to information the eyes to our focal zone, so long as they’re discreet.


Really the characters weren’t an issue to me, as a result of I knew what can be my protagonists since my first idea. The snowman was the primary of the characters to be created, it’s precisely a snowman however a little bit “chubby.” The unique thought was to create regular snow characters, however the truth of “cute” got here after I reworked them to snow youngsters, translating the widespread traits of children in winter, into snow youngsters. The colours are based mostly on Huey, Dewey, and Louie, however to the Latin-American individuals, Hugo, Paco, and Luis.

Many occasions I like to recommend having a moodboard for the environmental artwork and one other for the character artwork, let your self be impressed by the characters of your favourite artist, even be influenced by different forms of characters, all the things can work.

Character lighting

If we take the choice so as to add a number of characters we have to know that characters’ lighting? As a result of a personality has a particular place in an illustration. He’ll turn out to be the protagonist, and our process will probably be to discover a approach to separate it from the remainder of the weather.

Within the first picture you possibly can see our characters within the scene, with out lighting to separate them from the background. Now add lights, usually behind our characters, to spotlight, however watch out the place you add your lights. Attempt it to be close to different emissive objects that can add coherence – in my case I put it beneath the road lights.

Character lighting can actually make a giant distinction, however be delicate with them.

Ultimate render

Earlier than rendering, I assumed I wanted extra Christmas spirit, as a result of even after I thought the illustration was prepared, I felt uncomfortable with the element. I solely added some particulars like Christmas globes and little door decorations.

With my adjustments made, I rendered it whereas I used to be enjoying Solitaire (I misplaced), and when the picture was prepared, I modified to a Composition window, including two vital nodes, “Glare,” in ghost possibility, and “Lens Distortion.” Belief in me, it makes the distinction.

The composition window will probably be your greatest good friend as a result of it should add a particular look to your remaining renders.


I keep in mind from a convention a very long time in the past, a picture isn’t completed if we don’t make give it a post-production course of. Why is that this vital? As a result of we will add the little touches to make the distinction between a great or unhealthy environment.

In my picture, utilizing Procreate, I fastened the colour and saturation, and the sunshine curves, however a very powerful, I added some results just like the snow, and I used solely 3 planes to do it; two out of focus so as to add depth and one in focus.

And after of many hours, our illustration is completed!

The post-production is prime, do not forget it. You may have the ultimate temper management on this course of.

High tip 1: Take some relaxation from work

We aren’t robots, we’d like relaxation. Stand up off the chair, stroll, and take some water; this may assist us to work in a greater manner and look after our well being

High tip 2: In case you’re caught…

I received’t lie you, I used to be caught for some moments of the illustration, however take it simple, go t play, learn a guide, watch a collection, something to distract you. Our thoughts wants work in passive mode too.