This project preceded my “Forest of Thoughts” renders recently posted in Finished Projects. While the subject matter differs, the stylistic principle remains the same, essentially to create something sketchlike and 2d in Blender without post processing.

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Pure Blender 2.36.

Well, I vowed to myself long ago never to post a monkey here unless it was completely different than what anyone had seen before, so hopefully I kept that promise in this render :wink:

As always, any feedback is appreciated.

Thanks for looking,


Certainly a unique Suzanne.

Very cool technique my friend. 8)

I think though perhaps some more deffinition in the eyes and mouth though?

Very nice,


Thanks so much for the quick feedback Sonix! :smiley:

I did a quick update based on your suggestion. The link in my first post now points to the improved image. Quick turn around time because I had two renders and went with a slightly sparser one first :wink:


Very cool work, RobertT.

Is it possible to use this technique to give clean lines (like a finished line drawing)? Also, is there any way this could be used in conjunction with toon shading??

And I would say your monkey is pretty unique ;).



I hope so.I really, really hope so.

Suzzane like no other.

Excellent my friend, well done. :smiley:


Awesome technique, very unique. I love it, think it is awesome. I kinda like it without so much definition, it makes me have to think for jsut one second before I recognise it. Good work.

Wow! Another original render from Robertt…

Are you gonna tell us how you did it?

Now this is sweet Robertt.

You really need to share this technique with the rest of us.


Very nice! I didn’t realy like it in your previous pic, but this is cool! :smiley:

Now that’s cool! Is that alpha mapped or what? Share your technique.

yeah, gotta add my praise. i love style, and you have bucketloads. i too would like to know more about your process, as i just cannot imagine how you created this. thanks for the inspiration!

jim ww

now you have to make a mini tut. :stuck_out_tongue:

block01cube: Thanks. I have to experiment with the technique some more as far as cleaner lines are concerned. As this is all mesh you’re seeing here this can be combined with any form of shading.

Ronin: Yes :slight_smile:

Sonix: Thanks again Tim, I appreciate it :wink:

FrozenMist: Thanks! That “makes us think” part is good, even if it’s just to wonder how something was made.

xarton: Cool, I will explain further below.

BgDM: Thank you very much BgDM. I’ll post some details below.

[Kothe]: Thanks. This technique (like all techniques) works better with some models than others.

Hippie: Thanks so much. No alpha mapping, just good 'ol mesh work :wink:

jimww: I appreciate the kind works jim. I’ll explain in a moment.

Modron: Haha, I feel one coming on :wink:

Okay everyone, here’s how it worked in this one…

You have a mesh. You duplicate the mesh a few times. You decimate the mesh after removing all faces. You then manually select vertices and delete them, cleaning up most of the loose ends. Now you select remaining vertices and extrude the edges. Once again you have to clean up stray vertices. Now repeat this for the other mesh. Use shrink/fatten to modify the vertices before extrusion maybe, maybe do some vert smoothing. Next you overlap the modified meshes, joining them even if you want and doing further vert cleanup. Subsurf needs to be high. I have it high (on 5) for this (bringing the mesh to about 3 million vertices), since the vertice disbursement at this point doesn’t lend itself well to autosmoothing. You might try “flattening” the meshes a bit. Next you create a material with little or no spec and have some textures modifying the color and alpha, so some of the background “paper” mesh (in this case a subdivided and subsurfed plane) can show through slightly the mesh. Have all materials partly translucent and have a light behind the mesh. In this one I had shadows off on the plane, whereas in Forest of Thoughts I had shadows on (and multiple low power ray traced lights to cast overlapping shadows onto the paper). For the paper I used a very small cloud/voronoi texture (several channels with texture warping). Additional color comes from lighting, which in this case was slightly yellow.

So there you go, basically a lot of work :stuck_out_tongue:


Can somebody record a walk-through tut to swf/avi? I found I cannot understand Robertt’s tut well. :frowning:

uh, yeah. woo. thanks for the explanation. very tricky. i am beginning to understand. and understanding makes it that much more impressive. good work. :smiley:

jim ww