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Tutorial: Safety Pin in Nomad Sculpt

“Officially” it’s the 4th day of another 30 day 3D challenge. Something super simple today (for various personal reasons which I won’t get into detail, this is an art blog after all!) but at least I took the chance to make a tutorial for all of ya. Although it’s a beginner’s tutorial, if there’s something you don’t quite get, please let me know! So, let’s get started.

In order to create the head of the safety pin, I am using the gizmo tool to elongate and squeeze my initial sphere.

Elongating and squeezing the sphere with the gizmo tool

Now I’m gonna trim the shape, to make it look like an actual safety pin. The trimming will be done in two phases. Firstly I am using the rectangular trim tool, to cut the shape in half.

Cutting the shape in half with the rectangular trim tool

And then I am using the lasso trim tool to create an SI kinda shape, as shown below.

Cutting an SI shape with the lasso trimming tool

Now I am adding a cylinder and after adjusting the size and height, I am placing it through my previous shape, so that it can resemble the head of a safety pin.

Adding a cylinder to construct the head of the safety pin

(There are some steps that I omit for clarity purposes and to keep the tutorial small and simple. If, however you are familiar with the functions of Nomad Sculpt and don’t mind some extra sculpting, you can check out the video at the end of this post)

Now it’s time for the wire-y part of the safety pin. I simply grab the tube tool, and draw the shape. Simple as that! Be warned however, it needs a bit tweaking so that the wire looks three dimensional and realistic.

Constructing the wire-y part of the pin

Time for fun! This is my favorite part. Choosing materials, lighting etc. I firstly go to the painting tab on the right, and paint my pin a metallic, white color.

Painting my pin

You can call it done. Personally I am adding a cloth-kinda-thingy for the safety pin to be attached to. So, I am adding a plane to the scene.

Adding a plane to the scene

After adjusting the plane so that it is close and parallel to the pin, I use the move tool to create the illusion of fabric being pulled off by the pin.

Using the move tool to create the illusion of the fabric being pulled off by the pin

And that’s all! A little bit of color and we are done. Hope you give it a try, and see you guys tomorrow!

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