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Behind the Scenes: Photograph-realistic and Anime model sci-fi metropolis


Hey everybody! I’m Masato Oka from Kyoto, Japan.

I often work in picture processing within the attire business. Beginning round 2020, I started creating 3D works as a passion on my days off. I’m self-studying my expertise by means of YouTube.


I’ve at all times preferred sci-fi works with the theme of the close to future.

In in the present day’s world, the style is known as cyberpunk, and films like “Blade Runner” and anime like “AKIRA” have had a powerful affect on me.

These works are expressed in stay motion and anime, respectively, however I believed I’d attempt to create each expressions in a single work.


Most of this work is completed in Blender, and the textures are picture textures from (For the flying automobile, I used Substance Painter.)

Process 1

I adopted a tutorial by Ian Hubert, a creator whom I extremely respect, to create this constructing.


From right here on, I’ll deal with how you can use picture textures to create anime-style works.

To present an anime-like look to a constructing created utilizing picture textures, set a brilliant background coloration and a brilliant solar.

Process 2

On this work, I set the blue sky and yellow solar, however if you happen to change it to a unique coloration just like the one you are attempting within the YouTube video, it might lead to a extra spectacular expression.

Process 3

Then set “Freestyle” to stipulate the constructing when rendering.

At the moment, acquire objects that you do not need to attract outlines for, corresponding to hologram ads and distant buildings, in a single assortment folder and choose “unique.”

Process 4


For rendering, I used Eevee.

Process 5

By utilizing Eevee, the picture textures turn out to be a mellow expression, and Freestyle makes it much more anime-like.


You’ll be able to render it as it’s, however I added results for this work.

I like anime works from the 80’s corresponding to “AKIRA”, so I used “Compositing” so as to add colors and bleed like nostalgic movie animation.

Listed here are the compositing nodes.


Composition earlier than and after:

Process 10


The strategy described on this article works effective for nonetheless pictures, however may cause some issues for animations.

Objects with motion can seem like paper crafts as a result of the shifting mild reflections and shadows are drawn realistically.

To unravel this, I added the next nodes to the “flying police automobile” materials solely.

Process 9

This can be a methodology a good friend informed me about, and it renders the floor of objects with anime-style reflections and shadows.

I requested a good friend to search out out the supply of this node, however I misplaced my bookmarks and was unable to take action. I wish to take this chance to precise my gratitude to the one who initially got here up with this node.


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On this work, through the use of picture textures, it’s attainable to create two kinds of expression in a single work: live-action and anime-like. 

Thanks very a lot for studying this text! I’d be completely happy that will help you with the manufacturing of your work.

And I wish to categorical my honest gratitude to Alina and the employees of Blender Nation for giving me such a beautiful alternative.

Thanks and have a very good day!

Concerning the Artist

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Masato Oka from Japan, a 3D artist solely on holidays.





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