3D Freeform Sculpt: Dumbo Betta Fish

The goal of this project was to create a 3D sculpt of the dumbo betta fish, polypaint it, and render a presentation still (create an environment with realistic lighting). The dumbo betta fish is named after the unique shape of its pectoral fins which resemble the ears of the fictional character, Dumbo the elephant. This project was completed as part of BMC's Biomedical Communications Technologies course. 

To view the model in 3D: https://skfb.ly/6S9Pz 

Client: Prof. Chi-Chun Liu

Media: Pixologic ZBrush, Cinema 4D, Adobe Photoshop

Format: Digital image

Audience: General public

Date: Fall 2019

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Research

and

Sketch

By examining various reference photos to understand betta fish anatomy, I created sketches that would be used in my image reference planes in Zbrush.​ Sketches were created in Adobe Photoshop.

betta fish reference picture image
betta fish reference picture image
betta fish reference picture image
betta fish reference picture image
betta fish reference picture image

Reference images

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Understanding betta fish anatomy

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Reference sketches

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ZBrush was used to digitally sculpt/model, texture, and polypaint the betta fish. I created a scale brush for texturing the betta fish’s body.

Sculpting, Texturing, and Polypainting in ZBrush

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Scale brush

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zbrush betta fish wip katrina hass khass visuals medical illustration 3d model modelling
zbrush betta fish wip katrina hass khass visuals medical illustration 3d model modelling
zbrush betta fish wip katrina hass khass visuals medical illustration 3d model modelling

Sculpting progress screenshots

zbrush betta fish wip katrina hass khass visuals medical illustration 3d model modelling
zbrush betta fish wip katrina hass khass visuals medical illustration 3d model modelling
zbrush betta fish wip katrina hass khass visuals medical illustration 3d model modelling
zbrush betta fish wip katrina hass khass visuals medical illustration 3d model modelling

Polypainting progress screenshots

Lighting 

and 

Environment

The model was then brought into Cinema 4D for lighting, environment construction, and rendering.

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zbrush betta fish wip katrina hass khass visuals medical illustration 3d model modelling c4d cinema 4d

Final

Details

Adobe Photoshop was used to add final touches to the rendered image from Cinema 4D such as creating a field of depth effect and adding small water particles to the environment.

khass visuals katrina hass dumbo betta fish 3d sculpt model zbrush mscbmc

To view the model in 3D: https://skfb.ly/6S9Pz