View Full Version : The Dawn Treader - a 3D model in progress

10-07-2005, 01:22 AM
I posted this over at Narniaweb.com, but I'd also like to post my progress to the fans here too :)

I have looked all over for the Dawn Treader 3d model, I don't think anyone's done one (with exception to the movies - if the artists are working on it).

Well I love the Narnia stories and I really love the Dawn Treader ship. So I'm going to start building one in Cinema 4D, my program of choice.

I've sketched out a head, based on original art and other sources (a big thank you to Maciek aka Mack for his beautiful drawing of the Dawn Treader)

I did a rough sketch in Illustrator and Photoshop, this is just to establish the shape of the gilded dragon head. Right now the colors are subject to change, and are temporary. I'll sculpt the head in Cinema 4D, and once that's done I'll start working on the rest of the ship. It may take a while (months) to complete this but if you'd like I'll post my progress here.

Here's the rough sketch (mind you this is just to establish a head shape based from original drawings and a hint of Mack's lovely work) - I dropped in a ships lantern (from the net) underneath the chin, I'll be following straight from the book on this model. The head here is not all finished either because I believe there is a pipe coming out that goes to the kitchen/galley.

10-07-2005, 01:41 AM
hmmm I wish I could figure out how to get the images right in here with the text, oh well.

Here's the next stage of the Dawn Treader 3d Model.

The Prince
10-07-2005, 06:56 AM
very nice,I know first hand how hard it is to model in 3d(in fact Iv only ever finished a few simple projects)keep going I cant wait to see it ;)

10-07-2005, 08:51 AM
Okay, here are the in-progress shots, actually I've pretty much almost completed the dragon head, so I'll just upload the shots.

This next one shows the building of the neck and the basic jaw/mouth. Polygon by polygon, point by point, following the outline and also making sure that the lower half is rounded like a boat.

At first I'm staying with a basic color of blue for the model so that I can easily work with the polygons, I will texture it in the near future.

10-07-2005, 09:01 AM
Okay, it's starting to look crocodil-ish/dragon-ish.

I used Hyper NURBS to create bumps for the nostrils and eye's and sculpted the brow and punched in the hole for the nostrils and made way for an eye, which is just a sphere that's been slightly elongated.

I needed to make cuts and more polygons to work with the surface. I'm just kind of making this up as I go, guessing on what it would look like. Since I figure that the dragon head is made out of wood, I kept to a squarish mouth.

10-07-2005, 09:30 AM
Okay I'm going to go ahead and post to the point of where I'm at. I'm actually about to build the wings now.

This next one I tried out just a basic gold. The book say's the dragon's head was gilded- which is defined as a dark, almost brown like gold. I haven't added scales yet on this one so it's too smooth at the moment. Just trying out the lighting too which is HDRI (like they use in the movies). I found by experience that good lighting and good texturing bring a model to life, so that's what I'm trying to shoot for.

On another site I was asked to change the color of the eye, which I may or may not, depending on how the overall model turns out. I chose a purple to match the sail, and I imagined it being made of glass. The mouth is and neck is hollow so a look-out can well look out. Also I am going right off of Pauline Bayne's original work for the most part so I have the right number of teeth as the original drawings.

10-07-2005, 09:38 AM
I found some free scales over at turbosquid.com - my favorite place to purchase or download 3D stuff. I don't have the ability to paint directly onto the model. There is a program by Maxon called "Bodypaint" which let's you paint directly on the model. But it costs $500 and I just don't have it...yet. So right now I have to map the texture over the dragon. The scales are tileable so they can be repeated over and over. I used Cubic mapping to get the scales the way I wanted them. I think that the gold is a bit too reflective so I'll tone that down and add some dirt possibly to get it to a more worn look. Right now it looks like it just pulled out of the building dock on opening day. I used an HDRI image of an ocean which I think reflects nicely.

Next I'll model the wings... :D


The Prince
10-07-2005, 09:57 AM
WOW! your good and FAST! Looks like I have some competition(trust me your way ahead 'v me

10-07-2005, 10:09 AM
Oh I wasn't too fast, it's taken me about a week to get to this stage. I just finished that last stage yesterday, so I thought I would post the progress of it, it definitely takes me hours to do each stage, literally.

This is the first complex, scratch built model. I've built lot's of things in Cinema, but nothing to this scale. I chose the Dawn Treader because it's always been a favorite of mine, and what better subject to build than your favorite thing. I'm doing this project also to further my understanding of Cinema 4D too.

Glad you like it! :) I can't wait to get it all finished.

Here's the overall sketch (my idea) of what the Dawn Treader looks like. It's almost a cross between a Viking ship and a Galleon. The dragon head and tail and single mast and sail are Viking-ish. The hull with oars and poop deck is galleon like.

The Prince
10-07-2005, 10:12 AM
I g2g but I'll be chkng back lata'

10-07-2005, 01:45 PM
Wow!!! Those are amazing - great work FSEagle!

10-07-2005, 01:57 PM
Looks sweet!

10-07-2005, 02:10 PM
Whoa! That is amazing! :)

10-07-2005, 02:47 PM
wow that is amazing, i saw it at narniaweb. its good! keep up the good work

10-07-2005, 03:38 PM
those are very well done, conhgrats, that'll be neato:D

10-07-2005, 06:47 PM
Thanks for the comments.

I'll try to get the wings done over the weekend, then on to the hull :D

10-08-2005, 09:23 AM
neat neat, kk

10-10-2005, 05:28 AM
Sorry for the delay, been pretty busy with other things. Still more work needed on the wings, I plan to make wing skin (the area between the bones if you could call them that) curved inward instead of being flat. Also I haven't added any texture yet to the wings, just a basic gold color for now, so the wings aren't done yet.

Also worked on the gold. It's not as polished. There's a large dent under the eye that I need to smooth out, just some raised polygons that need attention too.

Also changed the eye to green.

10-10-2005, 12:17 PM
That is super brill matey!!

The Prince
10-10-2005, 07:27 PM
keep it up we ALL cant wait till its done :)

10-14-2005, 09:01 PM
thats incredible. what program or software did you use to make that? i'd like to see if i can get it.

Johan 72109
10-15-2005, 10:31 AM
This is FANTASTIC!! :)

10-15-2005, 11:38 AM
I don't even think that I would be able to do it half as well...

10-15-2005, 03:14 PM
thats pretty neat, what a joy it would be to take a nice peaceful voyage on the DT

10-15-2005, 09:54 PM
thats awsome :eek:

10-16-2005, 07:16 AM
hehehe yeah,
welcome here arventhedibbun, i havent seen you pot b4 until now

10-19-2005, 08:21 PM
are you making fun of me

11-05-2005, 01:32 AM
That rocks my socks off.

Edmund Pevensie
11-24-2005, 02:36 PM
That is absolutely awesome. I wish I could do something like that. You are a great artist. :)

11-24-2005, 03:27 PM
I just found this thread... Amazing!!! :eek: I've just been trying to do a little bit with a 3D program called Animoids...and, well, it's difficult!!!!!!!

Can't wait to see the rest of it!

11-25-2005, 10:28 PM
My goodness! You must have a lot of time on your hands! I wish I had the patience for that.

12-01-2005, 05:28 PM
Good show mate! Keep it up!

(BTW I imagined the head with more flow and less sharp lines.)

If you really care whay I think :p


12-11-2005, 03:25 PM
wow that's really awesome.

Elizabeth Pevensie
12-16-2005, 06:14 PM
Wow! That is really cool :)

12-19-2005, 08:54 AM
Wow. All I can say is WOW. Which program are you using to do this? That is so cool! Awesome work

12-19-2005, 06:37 PM

thats soo amazing !!! how on earth did u do that !!! i know its a program, but oh wow it mustve taken awhile huh??

12-24-2005, 02:09 PM
How come I cannot see the model, on either of my computers? is it attached to the thread? because i can't seem to get anything attached to any threads...

12-24-2005, 09:21 PM
How come I cannot see the model, on either of my computers? is it attached to the thread? because i can't seem to get anything attached to any threads...
I dont anyone can since the server crashes a while back... :confused:
**** I never got to see it. :(
I hope he reposts it. :D