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Intro to Modeling in Cinema 4D

By EJ Hassenfratz
Cinema 4D

Learn some box modeling basics to unlock the power of modeling in Cinema 4D

Cinema 4D is the industry standard 3D animation software in the world of Motion Design. And while it is (in our opinion) the easiest 3D software you can learn, the principles of 3D animation are still fairly technical and can be a challenge to master. Modeling is an area that many Cinema 4D users, especially new ones, are not very comfortable in. We're here to tell you, it doesn't have to be this way.
He's feathered. He's fine. He's your friend.
In this tutorial, Cinema 4D Basecamp instructor EJ Hassenfratz will show you just how simple the modeling process can be. He'll use the principles and techniques of box modeling to create a fine feathered friend from start to finish, teaching you many tools and tricks along the way.
Today is the day you stop feeling uncomfortable with 3D modeling.

Intro to Modeling in Cinema 4D

​​Download the Project and Modeling Cheat Sheet

If you would like to follow along and to use the same reference imagery EJ uses in this video, download the free project pack below. You'll also get the finished 3D scene to explore and a modeling hot keys cheat sheet if you'd like to learn more about how EJ does what he does.

Download free project files and cheatsheet from this video!

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​​What are you going to learn in this tutorial?

This tutorial is a quick dive into the world of modeling. There are many ways to approach modeling in Cinema 4D, and in this lesson you'll learn some box modeling basics and some very handy techniques for creating organic shapes.

How to use Reference Images

You don't model in a vacuum. Learn to set up your viewports in Cinema 4D with reference images.
The front and side of a bird. What did you expect?

Box Modeling Basics

As crazy as it sounds, you can model just about anything by starting with a box. We'll show you how.

Using subdivision surfaces

Boxes have hard edges... birds don't. Learn to use subdivision surfaces to give your base model more detail and fluidity.
Boxes and birds. Birds and boxes.

Modeling with Symmetry

Why model both halves of something that's symmetrical? The symmetry tool will, quite literally, cut your work in half.

Other Tools

In the course of this lesson you'll also become familiar with tools like the Loop Selection, Loop Cut, Dissolve and Iron tools.
A well modeled bird is a happy bird.

Become Best Friends with Cinema 4D

If you dug this lesson, you might just fall in love with our 12-week Cinema 4D course, Cinema 4D Basecamp. EJ takes you from C4D rookie to experienced pro over the course of several real-world projects and challenges.
Cinema 4D Basecamp is designed for artists who want to add 3D to their toolkit, but who don't know where to start. Check out the information page to find out more about this exciting course. See you in class!