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Designing a Custom Kitbash Library

Hard-Surface Mech Set Using Blender With Gavin Manners


Kitbash libraries can be an efficient way to save time when producing quick concepts for a mood piece, creating objects for background set-dressing, or adding detail and the indication of functionality to hard-surface models. In this workshop by Gavin Manners, you’ll be taken through the process of how to design and build your very own hard-surface kitbash library.

Gavin’s workshop begins with how to spark the initial idea and write a brief for yourself. He walks through gathering references to be properly prepared for the creation of the assets in Blender. Also covered is how to get the most out of your kitbash parts by creating subassemblies, as well as the principle of exponential idea generation.

The workshop then details how to create mech designs based on the brief, explaining how to use your custom kitbash library as effectively as possible. A simple lighting and rendering setup is also demonstrated before moving on to the final paint-over process to produce a finished piece of concept art.

The focus of this workshop is specifically on mechs, but the principles can be applied to any form of hard-surface design. By the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to create multiple personalized kitbash libraries and add to them over the course of your artistic career.

Although this workshop is for anyone with an interest in hard-surface design, it is not a beginner’s software tutorial; there is an assumed level of knowledge of Blender and Photoshop, so you will need to know the basics of the software.

Included with this workshop are the kit created for this tutorial, the mech design 3D files, and the final paint-over PSD files, so you can take a closer look at everything created throughout the process.

Duration: 2h 08m

Format: HD 1920x1080

Gavin Manners

Freelance Concept Artist

Gavin Manners is a Senior Concept Artist working in the games industry, specializing in hard-surface design and environments. Gavin has worked — primarily in outsourcing — on projects for companies such as Tencent, NetEase, Avalanche, Sumo, Eidos, Lucid, Lego, Netherrealm, Games Workshop, PUBG, ArtStation, Rocksteady, Sledgehammer, Frontier, Codemasters and many more. 

Before becoming a Concept Artist, Gavin was employed for 8 years in the interior design industry, and also worked as a part-time teacher.

Follow Gavin on Instagram @gavinmanners.