The Christmas of The Little Snowmen – half 1 · 3dtotal · Study | Create


Christmas is one of the most popular holidays across the world, with lots of images based on fantasy characters, like Santa Claus, his reindeers, or families  having amazing moments, but… what about the snowmen? The snowmen have a family too? If yes, can they celebrate Christmas? Well, these were my questions for my concepts. A little weird, yes, but it can work!

We’ll see the first part of the process, the concept creation, references, blocking, and the first details.

Final illustration

Investigation & moodboard

Like other projects, before starting with any concept, we need to introduce a lot of information to our mind about the topic to interest us. Often we don’t research  text information, only images, but text can help us too understand what the background of the tradition is.

In my case I researched images and a little information about snowmen, Christmas villages, decorations, and people playing.

The moodboard can have many kind of photographs, even different illustrations, as a result of the aim of it’s reference.


Making a blocking is the simplest approach to begin any undertaking, since you begin to undertaking the concepts that exist solely in your thoughts. A blocking usually would not must take time, the necessary factor on this step is to know the aim of the composition and the primary components, which is able to usually be represented by primary shapes, and they’re going to changed later for different detailed props.

It’s important to be happy with the result of the blocking, it’s true, maybe it can’t look like our final illustration, but it works as a starting point.

Adding details at the blocking

With the first approach ready, it’s time to add some extra details to polish our composition by adding a purpose to our objects, like the floor, searching dynamism, or the house searching the traditional village houses. It’s important to advance since the general things until the polish and detailed things. Don’t forget the purpose of adding details is to help the storytelling and add environmental context.

Adding details is one of the most stressful things when we don’t know what to add, but going back to your moodboard can help.


Basically polish will be our task in all the illustration process, but in the first steps it is fundamental, because it will give us the base, without a good base we can’t continue creating.

This polishing can be moving some objects a little, or more elaborate changes, like the floor case. For the floor, our natural lines were confusing and guided us out of our composition. On the new floor I needed do to this lines to work as guides towards the main object, the Christmas tree.

After we’re making our blocking it is very important consider our pure guides and the course of our picture, the remainder of our property will likely be supported by these guides.

Important props

To create the primary props we are able to make little sketches of them but it surely isn’t needed, the primary attribute for these props must be extra detailed than one other secondary prop, which may normally take us extra time, but it surely’s essential to have visible hierarchy.

The extent of particulars all the time is a approach to stand out any prop or character, however the measurement, an uncommon form, and vivid colours can work too.

Don’t neglect to seek for extra inspirational photographs, they will help you to determine the small print you’ll add to your principal props.

Last blocking

To complete the blocking stage, we’ll add our principal property to our composition, eager about the directional move. For instance, the home doorways are pointing to the tree, as a result of it’s the focal curiosity level now. This might change a bit of within the subsequent illustration steps, however the central motion will likely be in that focal space.

At this level, you may want so as to add the small print eager about the learn course and pure strains of your illustration.

Particulars & extra particulars

The blocking course of is ended, it’s time so as to add the additional particulars, however we’ll see it within the subsequent chapter.