“Smash This (Self initiated project to explore the ‘Explode’ tools in Cinema 4D.)
Created the text, extruded, then rotated each character slightly. Added the Explosion FX and played around with the object properties.
Textured with a reflective material and used a Sky Object to reflect in the text.
After various test renders, output with Channels and open in Photoshop.
Added final composition image layers with various overlays. The ‘Smoke image’ is set to screen mode to knock out the black.
Metal (Self initiated project to explore metallic reflections in Cinema 4D.)
Created a scene with Text, Floor base and Spheres. Worked out a basic composition that felt right. Textured with a reflective material and used various lights until I was happy. Textured the floor base with a Wood texture. Open in Photoshop for final composition grade.
Mega Pick (Commissioned 3D Type for Ladbrokes.)
The Type needed to feel huge, solid gold and heavy. The type lock up was created in Illustrator. In Cinema 4D, I created a scene, imported Type, extruded it, added a Floor base to catch shadows. Used a very wide Camera angle to give the illusion of looking up at this huge type. Worked out a basic composition that the client particularly wanted. Textured with a gold reflective material and used various lights to reflect in the material. Open in Photoshop for final composition grade.”
“I was experimenting with 3D typography and those works were some of my first ever 3D type projects. They were for the sake of experimentation and getting to grips with the software. I used Autodesk 3Ds Max Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. As I was experimenting I mostly came by them by accident, but most of them inspired future projects which you can find on my behance too.”
“I get my inspiration from different sources, the Bible ( I’m a born again Christian), sayings that I hear or see, or how I feel. I use a mixture of Cinema 4D, vRay, photoshop and illustrator. I start by draw the typography in illustrator, then I import the illustrated Typography into a Cinema 4D where I model and texture the typography , then use vRay to light the model, I then render the typography and place it into photoshop where I composite the typography with other textures and colour balance until I am happy.”
“To create 3D letters I used Xara 3D. This software, very basic one, allows you to create 3D typography, adjust lights, texture, colors but it’s quite limited if you want to work with individual objects separately, not too many editing capabilities. So in the end I exported every letter individually and then put the composition together in Photoshop. While I was studying Graphic Design in Lithuania (Vilnius Academy of Arts) we were asked to make typographical compositions illustrating the chosen word and make it understandable even for someone who doesn’t know the language trying to manipulate just fonts and characters although I added backgrounds later on. I decided to work with in 3D and I needed something really simple and easy to learn since time was limited, I wasn’t bothered about the size of files too much, that’s why Xara 3D was ok for me, there’s a limit of font size, I think you cant work on fonts bigger than 72pt so wouldn’t work for anything bigger than A3 for print, web is fine. So all of the illustrations are Lithuanian words meaning “MOON” “TOAD” and “PRINCE” “.
“John Cathcart is a Digital Designer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Working from his studio, White Bear Design House he specialises in 3D modelling, lighting and texturing with over 15 years experience in the graphic design industry. You can see more of his work atwww.whitebeardesign.co.uk or check out his Behance portfolio at www.behance.net/