Sunday, June 23rd, 2024 Posted by Jim Thacker

Tutorial: Create 3D Environment Concepts with Mood and Story

The Gnomon Workshop has released Creating 3D Environment Concepts with Mood and Story, a guide to creating compelling concept images.

The workshop, recorded by Concept Artist Andy Walsh, provides over four hours of video training in 3DCoat, Blender, ZBrush and Medium, Adobe’s free VR modeling tool.

The tutorial is aimed at artists with some familiarity with Blender but who struggle with adding characters and organic assets to a scene.

Create 3D environment concepts suitable for use in games or animations
In the tutorial, Walsh reveals his workflow for designing environments that elicit an emotional connection from an audience.

He begins by gathering reference images and making quick sketches, determining what needs to be created in 3D.

Walsh then uses Medium to quickly block in the entire environment, and 3DCoat to add realism to digital sculpts.

He also explores how scans from Quixel’s Megascans library can be blended with 3D models, and sets out his workflow for adding characters to the scene using stock assets from Mixamo and Sketchfab.

To complete the environment, Walsh renders the 3D scene in Blender, then adds the final layer of the image in Photoshop, along with details and visual polish.

As well as the tutorial videos, viewers of the workshop can download the assets that Walsh creates during the workshop.

About the artist
Andy Walsh is a Concept Artist and Illustrator with over a decade of experience.

He has worked with companies including Terraform Studios, Warner Bros and Skydance Interactive, with credits including Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed.

Pricing and availability
Creating 3D Environment Concepts with Mood and Story is available via a subscription to The Gnomon Workshop, which provides access to over 300 tutorials.

Subscriptions cost $57/month or $519/year. Free trials are available.

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