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3ds Max LowPoly Character Modeling by Athey 3ds Max LowPoly Character Modeling by Athey
This was a legitimate pain in the ass. I hope you appreciate it!

This is a VERY VERY LONG TUTORIAL. If you click the DOWNLOAD button, you'll download a 3mg pdf file that is over 100pages long.

You can also see a webpage version by going here:

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And if that link doesn't work, go here
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(I recommend just using the web version since I don't think I did the PDF quite right... lol)

This tutorial covers low-poly for real-time Modeling, Smoothing Groups, UV Unwrapping, Texture Creation of Face, Clothing, and Hands, and creation of Hair.

I take a character from start to finish and explain pretty much every single step.
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:icon3dinteriorrendering:
3dinteriorrendering Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
great tutorial...

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AlbeltheWicked111 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i found you on google and what a great find you are im going to be looking at your tutorials now good job on the character and glad to met you :)
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QTcomics Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
cool
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:iconrazekiel:
Razekiel Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Thanks so much. I'm a noob and I'm still trying to find my way through this:)
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:iconrazekiel:
Razekiel Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
By this I mean 3D. :)
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:iconjarrettonions:
JarrettOnions Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
this looks awesome. ill definitely try it. thanks!
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Stewart-Knight2309 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Could I have a link to a tutorial for making the head, I can't find it anywhere
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:iconathey:
Athey Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Uh, well the only one I've got hanging around right now is this one - [link]
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:iconjuan170:
juan170 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
wow thanks i was in need of a good tutorial on low polygon meshes
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:iconzippythewildone:
zippythewildone Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your technique for the hair, the idea of just bringing in patches of hair and arranging them as you go is so simple and clever I never even thought of it.
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Megaangkasa Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice Tutorial... ^^
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Spookeriffic Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You've broken this down pretty well. I might have to use some of this, even if it is outdated. Thanks so much for sharing with the community! :clap:
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cinnamelon Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there any way to do the textures on metasequoia??
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:iconathey:
Athey Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Uh - until your comment, I'd never even heard of metasequoia, so I really know nothing about it. It doesn't appear to be a 'making textures' sort of program though. It appears to have a 3d paint feature, but I'd hardly call it advanced at all. What other 3d applications do you have access to?

If you go here: [link] and scroll down and expand the section for 3D Studio Max 2012, you can download the student version for free.

Go down a little further and expand the section on Autodesk Maya and you can download it for free.
Maya has a 3d paint tool that allows you to pain directly onto the mesh.... In fact... I think 3dsmax does as well, I've just never used it. In any case - I wouldn't ever recommend using either. All 3d paint tools that come in 3d software sucks balls unless you're using zbrush or deeppaint - but they have a set of tools specifically intended for making textures in 3d space.

I have no idea if mudbox has any advanced in-app texture painting tools, but I think it might. Mudbox is ALSO from autodesk, so you can download the student version of it for free on the same page. So... grab 3ds Max, Maya, and Mudbox and give them all a shot.
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lifesspotlessmind Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
hey ummm what program did you use?
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:iconathey:
Athey Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
3d Studio Max - I think I was using version 7 or 8 when I made this tutorial. It's pretty old.
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lifesspotlessmind Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
thank you so much your info is most appreciated
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alsasson Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
o LOL this is a tutorial..how do u open it??
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:iconathey:
Athey Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Er - the link is in the description.
[link]
Just go there.

Alternately, you can also find it here:
[link]
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alsasson Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
oh cools!!!! so u painted the uv's!!!!!! WOW! i canNOT paint an unwrap. first of all, urs looks pretty high poly, and to select all of those polies to unwrap and stitch???? UGH! but shees it looks WAY TOO AWESUMNESS!
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alsasson Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
HOW DO U MAKE SOMEThING LIKE THaT???????????? im in a material anf lighting class and wow!! did u colour tat on photoshop? wowowoww!! i need to learn how to organic model to make my own charcters hhaa. im stucking to linear shapes and UGH so boring. eeeyyy do u have a turotial??
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GingerL Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
looks like me 5 years from now :D
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LOCO-3D Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
WOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! VERY VERY INSPIRING.!!!!
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LOCO-3D Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
VERY VERY INSPIRING FOR A STUDENT
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stray-shadow Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
Very useful tutorial, just followed bits of it to help with a model I'm working on.

One question, after you've finished texturing the model do you then convert it back to an editable poly to join all the parts back together?
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:iconathey:
Athey Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You can. I have in the past, but also I haven't on some things. It's entirely dependent on personal taste and what you're using the model for.
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3dmetrius Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Really good stuff. Thank you for sharing the knowledge.
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xoxoPanda-chan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Student General Artist
reading this has oficially made me interested in 3D art!!! :D
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JenniferHunter Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This has helped me so much! I'm going to give 3d a try for the computer game i'm working on. Keep up the awesome tutorials :hug:
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AngelERenoir Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Cool!! I'm just starting to learn 3D so this is a great help! Thanks :)

By the way, the character made in this tutorial will be "stiff" like an action figure or "movable" like a puppet? Like, I can move around his arms and make him do different poses or not?
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Athey Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This tutorial doesn't cover rigging the character (attaching it to bones so you can animate it - i.e. making it a puppet). So until you rig it, the character is just stiff like an action figure.
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AngelERenoir Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Oh, ok. Do you know any tutorials for rigging?
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:iconathey:
Athey Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, but that tutorial uses the Physique modifier. Just so you know, there's an alternative. Instead of using Physique, try using Skin. I've used both (Physique is an old standard, and waaaay back in the day when the studio I'm working at made ps2 games, our engine only supposed Physique, so I'm more than familiar with it) The thing is that Skin is probably a much better choice. -Especially- if you're rigging something a little more high poly. Super low poly is fine with Physique, but the more dense the mesh becomes, the more annoying it is to try and rig it with Physique. The envelopes in Skin help a lot, plus Skin has a mirror weights feature, but Physique doesn't.
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AngelERenoir Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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:iconathey:
Athey Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This was just posted today and I thought I'd point you to it since it's a rigging tutorial - [link]
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:iconathey:
Athey Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I don't specifically. I'm basically self-taught on rigging, and it's been ages since I needed to look up a tutorial for anything like that so I'm not really familiar with any. You could try looking on 3dtotal.com under the tutorials section. That sight has a rather large list of tutorials on it, so there's sure to be a few there.
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Hands-and-Teeth Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
do you know if models made with these instructions can be used for Left4dead?
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:iconathey:
Athey Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I know absolutely nothing about making mods for Left4dead, so I can't really help out there.
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Hands-and-Teeth Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
oh. :ohnoes:
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ttnt Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*0* (moved by tears)
that's whas truly informative!
too bad you ain't working on maya (i'm looking for a rigging tutorial about maya since a long time T-T)
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Eaglas Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
Going to try this tut on my self ;D
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:iconblenderfan:
BlenderFan Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
honesty, Thank you so much!
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Ansib Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Student Filmographer
Wow i didn't know you did this tutorial. It really helped me when i was doing my first model. It's up in my gallery if you could check it out and give me some crits?

Thanks in advanced and thanks again for this amazing tutorial :D
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yogurdecoco Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
thank you a lot
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monkeyseemonkeydie Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
thanks for putting that together, a lot of effort.
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ArturoPahua Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This tutorial deserve 50 pages of comments, i have all the day doing the tutorial and i´ve learned A LOT i thought i wasn´t lost in 3d modeling but wow... THANKS!
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pratridi Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010   Digital Artist
thanks
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LittleWingedOne Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
I love your tutorials, thank you so much!!!!!!
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MadPumpkin Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Uhm... Frankly said... You're my new best friend.
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CrispinTwig Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
Thank you for your hard work =D
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