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
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.
Understanding betta fish anatomy
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
Sculpting progress screenshots
Polypainting progress screenshots
The model was then brought into Cinema 4D for lighting, environment construction, and rendering.
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.