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Twilight Sparkle Process by Rivenchan Twilight Sparkle Process by Rivenchan
So a few people have asked about my process when I'm modeling these ponies, so I figured I'd take a little break from working on Rarity to put together some of my screencaps I took while modeling Twilight Sparkle. Unfortunately I didn't take them with the intention of putting together any sort of tutorial, but hopefully something is better than nothing. :)

Hope this helps! :D

Previously in the series:
3d Twilight Sparkle - [link]
3d Pinkie Pie - [link]
3d Rainbow Dash - [link]
3d Applejack - [link]
3d Ponyville Building - [link] and [link]
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:iconchoco-rain:
choco-rain Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
Good tutorial. I'm wondering how you built the model around the reference image though. I can't find out how to do it.
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:iconrainmadmorld:
RainMadMorld Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Artist
you have tutorial? how modeling pony in 3DMax
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:iconamysticalartist:
aMysticalArtist Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
3D MAX!!!! I KNEW IT!!
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:iconrainmadmorld:
RainMadMorld Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Student Artist
Sorry, but... this is SAI 0_0
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:iconxeregon:
Xeregon Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
I've been trying to make my own OC in 3D for a while now, starting off with the Rudolph tutorial on blendercookie. Think I'll start over and try your method, actually. Incidentally, is there a reason you use mesh hair and feathers instead of poly hair or a particle system?
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Genbe89 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
what program is that, do you think this would work in blender.
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:iconfriscowolf:
FriscoWolf Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it looks like 3DSMax, but it should be convertable to blender, i hope...
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:iconmeepymaybelle:
MeepyMaybelle Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yikes, you make it look so easy! D:
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:icontwcsoarin:
TWCSoarin Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
seconded. :saddrunk:
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:iconjeremi-eldridge:
Jeremi-Eldridge Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
So you're using 3dsMax then? Great program. Maya is really solid for animating purposes and rigging but I have to say when it comes to control over the modeling process I love Max. Good clean workflow.
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starlitsmile Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
Question, is projecting a texture on a model done with a certain method? I bet I can get my 3d work to go way faster if i could just slap a rough 2d image on the side of it so I can roughly see it in three dimensions.

I'm assuming you didn't mean unwrapping when you said projecting, right? Or is that the correct method? :)
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:iconmiyamashi:
miyamashi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your 3D ponies are some of the most accurate I've seen. They really capture the characters! Kudos!
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SnowCatManga Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I wish I could learn how to do this stuff. I'm just a lowly mangaka.
I'd learn, but I can't afford fancy software. :(
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epicabsol Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you're really serious, get the autodesk educational software.
I have AutoCAD, Maya, and Max, and they all work like a charm. (or Max and AutoCAD would, if I could figure them out...)
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:iconfantos1:
Fantos1 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
Its soooo awesome!!
Please next time make a video how you modeling. Pretty pony pleeeaaaasseeee :P
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:iconshermantank13:
ShermanTank13 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
That is so interesting I haven't seen it done quite that way before... your textures are flawless!
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:iconfennecfanatic:
fennecfanatic Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Augh, you make it look so easy! I've been fussing with Blender for ages and have yet to get the hang of it. You'd think somepony who works at a CG film studio could wrap her head around this stuff, but nooo. ^^

Still, this tutorial gives me some helpful things to think about. I shall continue trying!
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:iconjakehunter:
jakehunter Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
Very nice I use box modeling.
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:iconbatichi:
Batichi Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
Your end lighting is fantastic. I've been fooling around with Max, but haven't figured out how the render system works. Is it a default? Or is it your own lighting?
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:iconasarav:
Asarav Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You happen to have any wireframe renders? I like studying the topology that people use. Nice work BTW.
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:iconbartekko:
bartekko Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
I prefer the more 2d-ish look in the beggining, but anyway--->
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:iconrivenchan:
Rivenchan Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hah, to be honest I actually agree with you on that. But when I first started posting screenshots on ponychan asking for critique I think a lot of people skipped over my thread because it wasn't obvious enough that my picture was actually a 3d model from the thumbnail. Once I switched to the rendered style I got a lot more feedback. The internet is funny that way. :)
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:iconbartekko:
bartekko Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
@lastsentence
funny thing is, when you think about it, it's the mancore 4chan that actually started the whole pony madness.
20% cooler thing, is that many memes were made, and only thing i don't like is the whole candy vag thing... Rainbow dash is my favourite, and i would do the sonic rainbow on the person calling out for sexuality issues on this so cute-filled, awesome-driven, 4chan-loved show...
Sorry, just being flutterrage
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LightWarrior2000 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
I should find a way to show you my Derpy Hooves then...I do 3D as well. In fact I'm more of an animator.
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:iconkayosiv:
Kayosiv Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
The only question I have for you is if you'd like to see my ponies when I finish making them using this tutorial. Thank you so much for putting this together.
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:iconrivenchan:
Rivenchan Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Of course! I love seeing other peoples work. Maybe you'll find a better solution for Twilight's bangs than I managed - I'm itching to go back and rework them, but I'm trying to hold off for awhile. :)
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DuskBrony Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The reference I was looking for. Been trying to model out a 3D pony myself and so far it's been tedious work. But I'm getting there. The head and ears is what's holding me back at the moment.

Anyways, splendid work. I love seeing 3D models of ponies
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kappa-neko Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Why, in the screen caps, are the lines in the hair kind of rigid but in the final product they are smooth? I would just like to know :3
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Rivenchan Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there, in 3dsMax there's a modifier named TurboSmooth that subdivides the geometry and smooths the mesh model. :) It means I can work with a lower poly mesh, and still be able to have nice smooth highpoly renders.

For further reading on the subject, you might be interested in checking this out: [link]
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:iconkappa-neko:
kappa-neko Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much :D
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:iconrivenchan:
Rivenchan Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah no problem, always happy to teach what I know. :D
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:iconcrossrage:
CrossRage Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Student General Artist
nice tut! but probably next time, can u have the edge faces on? It'll make it easier to understand and to see whats going on with seeing the edge faces :3

Keep up the great work! :D
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:iconrivenchan:
Rivenchan Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I know and agree with you. Unfortunately when I was working on modeling her I was taking these screenshots to send to a fellow bronie as like a "Hey check out what I'm working on now! :D" kind of thing, not with the intention of ever putting together a process tutorial. :) I wish I had more shots showing the nuts and bolts of what I was doing, too. Now that all I'm doing is modeling hair for each of the main cast, it's not as interesting for a tutorial. :)
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CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Ohh! Wonderful! thank you so much for sharing this! <3
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:iconrivenchan:
Rivenchan Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! I'm always happy to help! :D
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:iconronsrogue:
RonsRogue Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Student General Artist
Even though I do not make 3D models, I thought this was very helpful, anyway. :)
But if I do get into 3D modeling, I know I could always ask you for helpful tips and tricks!
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:iconrivenchan:
Rivenchan Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh good, I was worried I might've used too much industry jargon. :) Definitely feel free to ask me 3d questions, though I'll be the first to tell you in most programs there're about a million ways to do anything: if I'm lucky I'll know a handful, or at least be able to tell the way I do it. :) But there're still big chunks of the programs I would like to dig into and learn.
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LunarLotis Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How did you learn to do stuff like this? Also good work on the tut <3
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:iconrivenchan:
Rivenchan Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I went to college at the Art Institute of Portland (Oregon, not Maine :) ) and majored in Game Art and Design, but a lot of this I kinda just picked up on my own. AI doesn't do a whole lot more than teach you the software, and the school I went to only used Maya. I had to pick up 3dsMax on my own since the companies I kept working at would use it in-house. :)
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PatchuKnowledge Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think that was pretty well made.
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:iconrivenchan:
Rivenchan Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Why thank you. :) This is my first tutorial.
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