Intro: How to Make a Treeman Using a 3D Pen
1-2 hour project
You will need:
• 3Doodler and ABS plastic
• Glue; PVA, spray glue and Super or plastic solvent
• Side cutter • Epoxy modelling putty and sculpting tools
• Paints, brushes and a paint tray
• Modelling flock (various mix of clump, lichen and foam)
• Blue tack
• Plastic base
• Pen and paper
• And a cup of tea.
Here is a pic of the stuff I used. Don't be put off, I didn't need half of it but had it to hand, just in case.
Step 1: Planning:
1: Draw out a plan of what you will need. All you need are the basic shapes. I would usually skip this step, but if you are just starting out, it helps a lot. I used squared paper to make it even easier.
Step 2: Making the Model:
2: Start with the legs, drawing out the shapes on the paper. With the shape drawn then add in some supports to strengthen it.
3: Put a small shape at the bottom of the foot to start getting the leg shape. Then draw a line up from the base of the foot to the knee, to start creating the frame. Do the same with the thigh. Clip off any excess hairs or unwanted bits.
4: With the frame of the leg complete you can fill it in. Make sure your lines go up and down along the length of the leg to get the texture right. Fill in as many of the gaps as you can, but don't worry if you can't, it all adds to the effect.
5: With the first leg done do exactly the same to the second leg.
6: With both legs done, draw the frame for the pelvis. Using Tack, temporarily attach the feet to the base and the pelvis to the tops of the legs to see how it all fits together.
7: Using the 3D-pen, attach the pelvis to the legs by welding it across.
8: Glue the feet to the base, and then go around the feet with the 3D-pen to bring the base into being part of the model.
9: With the legs done you can move on to the first few steps for the body. Bring out triangle structure frames on either side of the body to create the shoulders. Then attach these shoulders back to the body with more supports. With the frame done, attach this to the pelvis; you can use tack to start with to see how you want to position it.
10: Start filling out the chest. Unlike the legs, go across the chest horizontally; this will add a change to the texture and make it seem more like a chest. When doing the neck, back and lower body, change direction and go top to bottom. On the back try to go the enter length in one stroke, without stopping, as this gives the impression of long muscle-like bark/vines.
11: Draw out the head, add in some support shapes and fill it in so that you are happy with the shape. You can try and draw the face directly with the 3D-pen, but I prefer to do brow and cheek bone-like structures, and then sculpt the rest in with putty. It's OK if it is not perfect, it all adds to the natural look of the tree and also makes it unique.
12: Attach the head to the body and add in some more bulk to the neck, if needed.
13: Draw out two lots of the upper and lower arms as four separate pieces, add in the frame shapes, then tack it all to the body to get an idea of what position you want the arms in and to make sure that they are in proportion.
14: Once you have decided on a position you can then attach the upper and lower arms. With that done for both arms you can start to fill them in just like the legs.
15: Again, check the position of the arms on the body to make sure you are happy.
16: Make three small lumps on the end of the hand to start creating the finger digits. Turn over the arm and draw lines lengthways to blend them in, strengthen them and create knuckles. Then, from the tips of the stumps, draw out more lines and go over them a few times to create the rest of the finger. Do this to all the fingers and thumbs. Clip off any excess.
17: Then attach the arms at the shoulders by welding them on with the 3D-pen. Blend them in by following the line direction you have already done on the body.
Step 18: Branches:
18: With all the body parts made and attached you can start adding in branches, using the same techniques as with the legs and arms. Add as many or as few as you like. Less is sometimes more.
Step 19: Sculpting the Face:
19: Mix up equal parts of modelling putty to make a pea-sized blob. Then use it to sculpt a face. On this model I will create a mouth and nose and re-define the brow. Use water on your tools to help smooth the putty.
Step 20: Basing:
20: Put some PVA glue on the base and spread it over, then dip it in sand.
21: Leave for about an hour for the putty and glue to dry.
Step 22: Painting:
22: Use water-based acrylic paint. Keep to natural colours of browns, greens and khaki. Rather than mixing them, pick up the paints on different edges off the brush to get a nice mixed base coat. You can spray undercoat the model first if you wish.
23: Using a lighter tone of paint, use the side of the brush to "WET BRUSH" in some of the detail.
24: Add in some touches of ink mixed with a little water to break up the tone.
25: Do the same with a lighter tone of paint to create the highlights. Make sure you do the same to the sand on the base.
Step 26: Finishing Off the Base:
26: Add a few dabs of PVA to the base and then flock it.
Step 27: Flocking:
27: In a well-ventilated area or outside, spray the top of the model and branches with the spray glue, then place in the pot of mixed clump and lichen flock. Repeat this process as many times as you like, but 2-3 times should be fine.
Tah-dah, your Treeman is finished and ready for you to use as you wish! You can coat it with a spray varnish to protect it all if you wish. Anyway, ENJOY YOUR TREEMAN!