Blender 3D: Noob to Pro/Model a Low Poly Head



OverviewEdit

This tutorial is designed to teach users to make a low-poly animesque head in Blender.

What you need to know:

  • Basic Blender controls


Add a planeEdit

Add a plane

Start with a new file, and delete ( X ) the default cube.

Be in Front view ( NUM1 )

Add a plane ( SPACE -> add-> mesh-> plane)

Make a pointed chinEdit

Merge the vertices

Switch to Edit mode

Be in Vertex select mode

Select the bottom two vertices ( SHIFT + RMB ) and press W to bring up the vertex menu. "Select Merge", then "At Center", or just hit  ALT + M  and choose "At Center".



A pointed chin!

Now you have a pointed chin.


A pointed chin!

Select the top two vertices (use the  B )

Select the top 2 vertices

Re-arrange them so they make more of a chin shape by pressing the  G  to move and  Z  to constrain the movement to the Z-Axis.

Noob Note: Move it down; don't scale it out.



Extrude the faceEdit

Extrude along the Z-Axis

Now extrude ( E ) "edges only", along the Z-Axis ( Z ) so that you have another area.




Scale it

As a precaution, remove doubles. (WKEY)


Scale it ( S ) so that it's not so cubic.

Extrude along the Z-Axis again

Now extrude along the Z-Axis again ( E  then  Z ) and scale ( S ) it down a bit.




Extrude along the Z-Axis again

One last time... (E) (Z) (S)

Make the facial featuresEdit

Select the middle vertices

Select the middle vertices (BKEY) or (RMB) and press (WKEY) to bring up the specials menu. Subdivide it once.

Noob Note: On version 2.67. Subdividing doesn't appear to give the desired effect. I used the Knife tool. (KKey) instead.

Noob Note: I used version 2.68 and when I subdivided I checked the box saying "Quad/Tri Mode" in the lower left corner. In the end I got the result I needed, so I think this is the option you need to get the desired effect.


Select the vertices

Now select at first the pair of vertices above and subdivide once.


Subdivide!

Now subdivide 3 times with the pair of vertices below the center line.



There!

Yours should now look like this one on the right.

EyesEdit

Subdivide some more

Select and subdivide here, so you can make the eyes.



Make some eyes

And rearrange the vertices so they make eye shapes.

NoseEdit

Select these

Now select the middle vertex here (right mouse button).

Extrude it along the Y-Axis (EKEY) (YKEY) and move your mouse around to change how far it moves.


Let's make a nose!

Select these three vertices ('SHIFT+RMB) and press (F) to make a face.


Do the same to the other side

Now do the same to the other side, and you will have the nose's base.


Make a face

Select these vertices (SHIFT+RMB) and make a face (F).

Do this to the other side.



You have a nose!

Now you have a nose.

Remove interior nose facesEdit

Rotate the camera

Rotate the camera (CTRL+NUM1) so you are seeing the back.

Be in Face select mode.



Get rid of these

Select (SHIFT+RMB) the faces behind the nose.

Delete (XKEY) them (on the popup pick "Faces").

Smooth the mouth regionEdit

Select these

Be in Vertice select mode

Select the vertex at the bottom of the chin, and the one at the bottom of the nose.

Subdivide them.



Make the headEdit

Select edges on the outside

Be in Edge select mode

Select all the edges on the outside (shown with blue lines in the photo).


Give the face more smoothness

Move (GKEY) the vertices back, along the Y axis (YKEY), a bit to give the face more smoothness



Select the vertices at the back of the head

Be in Vertex select mode

Rearrange the chin, by moving (GKEY) the bottom vertice along the Y axis (YKEY) till it looks right.



Make the back of the headEdit

Extrude along Y-Aixis

Be in Edge select mode

Now select the edges all around the back of the head, using (BKEY).

Extrude these along the y axis (EKEY) (YKEY)




Ta da!

Ta da!


Make a face

Now select a set of 4 back vertices that form sort of a rectangle and press (FKEY) to make a face.



and so on...

and so on....



and so on...

and so on....




Subdivide these

now select and subdivide these once (W)



Subdivide these as well

and these points too.




Move the middle back

Now select the middle and move it back (G) (Y).


Finishing it upEdit

With subsurfing

And here it is with sub-surfacing. You have finished. Hit (F12) to see the final render.


Last modified on 26 July 2013, at 22:34