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Topology: Modeling Human Hands


Johnson Martin writes:

Hands are one of the most complex shapes on the human body to model. An arm is one thing, but another five appendages? Topology and mesh density can quickly get out of hand (pun intended).

That's why I've compiled this short post on best practices for modeling hands; complete with an annotated hand model for reference. Check my article for more.

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Johnson Martin

Hi, I'm Johnson. . I run Topology Guides, a blog about tips and tricks for 3d modelers. I'm also a primary contributor to the Digital Life 3D project creating virtual animals for use in science and education.


    • Yep. There are four around the distal palmar crease. Perfectly fine for sub-d geo. They do triangulate in a funny way, so for game models it's easy to remove the crease. No need for the extra geo anyway.

  1. Sure, and thanks for replying. I'm using Win10 and when right clicking on the 3D model get taken to SketchFab, which requires me to sign in with my Facebook (or Google) credentials. This now gives them access to spam my FB friends and colleagues. But it still doesn't download; clicking the Download button reopens the SketchFab signup requirement. I had to delete the add-on to my FB account that SketchFab placed there but I don't know how much information it scraped off it before being deleted, so you can understand I was a bit short tempered when writing that comment. Any reason the hand model can't be a plain old Blender model? I teach Blender at University of California and your topology's interesting and accessible for students but I don't want the students pulled into SketchFab for no reason.

    • thefaketomato on

      You don't need to sign up for SketchFab using FB or Google. In fact, the default option is to sign up with email. SketchFab isn't some fly by night scam site. It's widely used for sharing 3D models.

      My guess is that he didn't share the model as a .blend file so that it could also be used by people who use other 3D software.

    • I see. Sketchfab is pretty reputable about not using data unethically. But I see where you're coming from, especially when students are involved.

      I've uploaded the model here for you to access it. You shouldn't need an account to download it. The model is CC-0, so feel free to distribute it to your students.

      Right now I don't have the resources to offer downloads on my site (too much data transfer), so Sketchfab is my work around. However, if the site keeps growing I'll probably explore other options.

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