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Art Spotlight: Botanical Plate


3D Artist Pauline C. Boisgallais details how she modeled three fly agaric mushrooms in Blender, and how she recreated the look of an old botanical plate.

Pauline writes:

As a freelancer working from home, I often struggle with working consistently on personal projects with no deadlines. Contests and challenges such as the ones Sketchfab organizes are a great way to force myself to commit to a piece for a fixed period of time. Nature is one of my favorite themes, so when I saw that there was a mushroom challenge in September I put everything else on the backburner and started to work on an idea.

I realized almost immediately that I wanted to make a botanical plate in 3D. I’ve always loved the aesthetic of 18th and 19th century illustrative plates and the way they combine nature, art and science, and I had never seen one in 3D before. I had also just discovered models on Sketchfab that used a “window” effect to make 3D versions of comic covers (for example Naxyo’s “Spider-verse” Web Comic”) and I thought it would translate well to a botanical plate.

About the Author

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.

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