How to Turn/Scan Objects Into 3D Models With Just a Camera

In this video I’ll be showing you how you can turn almost any object into a 3D model with just your camera and some free software.

Now I’m not an expert at any of this. I’ve tried as best as possible to read through all the documentation, at least the parts I understand, and condense that into a video.

Also please note the cleanup process was aimed at getting it ready for sculpting. I know that people like to scan objects to then 3d print them, but I don’t have a 3d printer, so you’ll have to look somewhere else for the details on how to do that properly.

Lastly, I would love to share the project file so you can see what I tested but it’s HUGE (15GB) and I’m not sharing the 3d model just yet because it’s an original character of mine so I’m working on a generic version for practicing lighting the face, and I’ll make that available to patreons when I finish it.

LINKS

Regard3d + Tutorial/Documentation

Meshlab (I was using 1.3.4BETA)

Blender

If your object is particularly small I recommend you look at this part of the tutorial I wrote on magic lantern (you don’t need it to apply the concepts descriped but it’s helpful if you have an DSLR camera).

PS: To give you an idea of the type how long it might take on your computer, or what type of computer you need, I’m using a laptop with an Intel i5, 8GB of RAM, and a NVIDIA 650M GPU.

Polymer Clay Basics – Part II

This is part two of the polymer clay basics tutorial. See Part I here.

Armatures

My first tip is to use a sturdy bulked out armature that’s a attached or can be easily attached to some sort of base. You do not want to try sculpting anything complex without an armature because you’ll never find a place to grip it without ruining a different part.

For a figure you can run the main wires through the base of a piece of wood like this. And on the top and bottom I used a special 2 part epoxy clay to secure it, more on that in a bit.

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Polymer Clay Softening Experiments

This is an extension of Polymer Clay Basics – Part I.

First & Second Test

I initially did a few rough experiments myself though with different substances. I only thought of a few things I had on hand (not baby oil), then I redid part of the test with the baby oil but I didn’t bake it exactly the same (the first test you see in the pictures was slightly overcooked). So it was a bit of a mess but it told me that in a pinch you could use just about anything. At normal cooking temperatures there was very little difference in coloration. There were some differences in flexibility but Fimo is so flexible no piece broke from the bending.

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Polymer Clay Basics – Part I

So since I read the Imaginative Realism book that I reviewed I started on a head sculpt to have as reference. I had been working on a 3d model of a head before that, but it’s not done yet. I thought I’d take the chance to get back into sculpting, plus it’s faster than 3d modeling for me still and it’s always nice to have something physical. I don’t have a 3d printer, so I can’t print any 3d models I make, but it’s possible to turn a sculpt like this into a 3d model with just a camera and the right software.Read More…

Cover of the book, it's a 224 page long paperback.

Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn’t Exist by James Gurney

224 Pages – Paperback

Review of Imaginitive Realism by James Gurney

So this book has been on my wishlist for a while and I recently discovered bookdepository which is significantly cheaper for me where I live so I decided to try it out.

Book Depository

First of all you might want to know that the “free” part of the Book depository shipping is actually included in the price and differs depending on where you buy it from. I only realized this because I had someone in the US buy it for me and they told me they actually paid even less than the price I was seeing (which was still ~10 dollars less than amazon). They had no problem putting in my address here in Argentina though. Apparently it’s just where the site is seeing you coming from so you could probably use a secure VPN to get around this, but I have no idea how legal that might be or if that breaks their terms of use or something.

They said 15 days max to arrive, but there are crazy import restrictions in my country, so it probably got delayed by customs. It took nearly a month and a half to arrive since they shipped it out. If you’re in Argentina I still had to go pick it up and pay $50 pesos, so door-to-door is still not working properly. At least they did not open the package or anything.

Packaging

It was pretty nicely packed in the box you see in the video. In fact I’ve been struggling without how I’m going to ship paintings if I make them on stretched canvas and I’m going to copy their idea in part because it doesn’t require me to buy a box. It’s basically made out of one long strip of cardboard cut like the diagram below.

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Comparison of my arms before and after this month’s practice.

Before was with ref, after was done without.

September’s Daily Sketches

In this video I go through all the sketches I did this month and some new methods I used to practice.

If you have a tablet and are interested in trying 3d sculpting, I would suggest Sculptris which is free and very easy to use (also look out for Zbrush Core which is supposed to be an easier affordable version of Zbrush, all 3 are from the same company, Pixologic). Just note it’s not meant for point modeling (that is for very geometric shapes like the rib cage). It’s more like sculpting with clay, for point modeling you need something like Blender but it has a huge frustrating learning curve.

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