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Sculpting

Copyrights from left to right: Matthias Bober, Christian Rambow, Sébastien Florand.

Sculpting (actually digital sculpting) is a modeling method that differs entirely from traditional modeling methods. Whereas traditional modeling methods tend to be very technical or abstract in nature (using extrudes, cuts, polygon generation, etc.), Sculpting is based on a more natural, artistic approach. Sculpting is like working with clay that you bring into shape with various tools (Sculpting brushes). You can add or remove materials, shape edges and much more, all of which can be categorized as sculpting in the traditional sense.

To be able to use the Sculpting function the object in question must have a very fine subdivision, i.e., it must have a high number of polygons. This is why Sculpting uses a special algorithm for the efficient use of memory. A special Bake function must be applied so that Sculpt objects can be integrated into the normal Cinema 4D workflow when they are finished. This Bake function transfers the sculpted details (displacement, Normals, ambient occlusion) to low-res (i.e., few polygons) meshes.

How to start sculpting:

Tip:
As soon as an object has been assigned a Sculpting tag it can no longer be modeled using conventional modeling methods (e.g., moving polygons, cutting, etc.). You can, however, create normal copies of the Sculpt object (or parts of it) using the Sculpting Layer Manager’s tools.

Note also the Sculpt presets (at the top-right of the Sculpting layout), which offer numerous materials, brushes, stamps and stencils.