Creating a Showreel | Car & Barbershop

In first semester of this year i modelled a car and a Barbershop as part of the ‘build a street with vehicles’ project. I was quite proud of this project so decided it was good enough to put into my showreel, it just needed to be rendered out, as previously there had just been a rendered image like the one below…


I animated a camera in rotating around the set to show off the car and its interior and the barbershop, here it is below…


Car and Barbershop

Since we have had problems with trying to get the main set rendered in time i decided to try and get my Barbershop and car rendered together to give the audience an idea of what this whole set will look like when complete, i am really pleased with this finished rendered product, i just wish we had time get the rest rendered, but with complications with the file, none of the group seem to be able to get the set to render as of yet.


The Set

Apart from the Barbers shop, Lampost’s and Fire hydrants the set was mainly created by Niamh, it looks really nice, however because the file is so large we haven’t had time to render the set with the cars and all other asset’s in it, so here are some screen shots until we can render the rest, hopefully in the very near future. Also, when it comes time for putting our show reel together we plan to get this fully textured as well.


The Barber Shop

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I enjoyed texturing the barber shop and wish i had time to do it more successfully, i particularly like how the little ‘swirly’ ornament outside of the barbers shop turned out. Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 00.17.19

I tried to add some small details like giving the mat a welcome sign through texturing.Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 00.28.42 Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 00.49.10 Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 00.50.16

Here is my finished barber shop, if i had more time i would have texture the inside of the shop too, I am pleased with how this turned out though and look forward to creating more things like this in the future.

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A Barbers Chair

After i modelled my car and street accessories i decided i wanted to model a building for our set as well, i decided to go with a vintage looking 1950’s Barber’s. I decided i wanted to have an interior to the building as well, so began by modelling what i thought was a main part, a barbers chair.

Below is the source image i used to model from..


I began my modelling the base from a flattened sphere with the bottom faces deleted out and filled the hole, i then built up the rest of the stand with a cylinder and extruded from it for finer details.

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Here is my finished chair, i didn’t make it just as detailed as the image but it gives the idea of  a barbers chair pretty successfully i feel. When i placed the chair into the set i felt they fitted in the scene quite successfully, seeing their reflections in the mirrors i made was really satisfying.

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Here they are inside my barbers before it was textured. Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 18.54.09

I uv mapped the chair and painted on a texture as you can see below…

I selected the faces of the pieces of the chair wich needed to be a different colour

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Here is the uv map painted and ready to be applied to the chair, However once i applied it to the chair i decided to add a chrome material to the grey (metal) parts of the chair.Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 21.18.17

Below is rendered images of the chair, i think they look really well, my only problem with them is that they take quite a while to render out.

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Modelling my Car

One of the main parts of the project is to include vehicles, i decided to model a 1953 Eldorado,  I used the images below to work out the shape of my model

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I began my car by using the side view image and a cube, i went into my side view and starting moving vertices to get the basic shape. Once i had the basic shape i started adding in some finer details like the boot, doors and rims.

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Once i was happy i began adding even finger detail such as the exterior details of the front of the car, and adding lights and wheels etcScreen Shot 2014-11-25 at 00.26.53 Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 00.54.13

Once i was happy with all of this i decided it might be a good idea to retopologise, so i did that and then fixed any little details i wasn’t quite happy with. Once i had retopologised i brought the model into zbrush and let it change the shapes i had made to give a smoother appearance.

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Once i was fully happy with the exterior i began modelling the interior such as chairs and dashboard. As you can see below, i added a wing mirror and added it some front and back seats, funnily enough out of everything i found the seats the hardest to model and keep low poly, i actually re modelled them quite a few times.

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I actually really enjoyed modelling the interior and had fun making little details like the radio and clocks.

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The steering wheel was also pretty satisfying to model. Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 01.49.36

One of the problems i found quite frustrating was working out how to successfully mirror my model to get an entire car

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After some frustrations i finally got there though.Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 20.50.06

I then began adding Ai-standards so that my vehicle would look great when rendered

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These are reference images i used to model my steering wheel and dashboard. I began adding colour by adding in the colour, like the red in the image below.

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Once i was happy i added it further detail such as the reflectivity and shininess of the dashboard you can see from the radiator i added a high reflectivity to it. This begins to make the car look semi-realistic.

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Here is my finished dashboard rendered. I added some minor texturing as i added a clock face into the speed dials.

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I also added a mirror effect to the wing mirrors, as you can see the car door’s reflection in it.

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I added some high reflectivity and specular to the hub caps of the wheels of the car too, i feel this worked quite successfully.

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Here is my car at an almost finished state, i hadn’t fixed the windows at this point, at finished stage i am at now i have glass windows that can be seen through perfectly. This will be visible in the rendered images when the car is sitting in the finished set. Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 17.58.15

When changing the glass for the window i decided to touch up on the model, i resized it so it wasn’t so wide, plumped up the hood so it had rounder, softer quality and retopologized some of the mesh so that parts were smoother and other parts had more definition.


Modelling A Fire Hydrant

Other than the lamp post, i wanted to model something else for our street and decided on a fire hydrant, since its quite an american item and something that would fit with the 1950’s look we are going for.

I used an image off of google to model with


My model isn’t exactly like the image but felt that wasn’t necessary as the viewer will still understand what it is

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i then automatic mapped the uv’s, i applied the checkered texture to the model to make sure there was no distortion and then brought the uv map into photoshop to paint.

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When brought into photoshop i just applied a block colour of red as there was no reason to add any details to the fire hydrant.

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Once applied to the model i added some specular details and this is how the finished fire hydrant looked.

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