Hello, you can call me Maylee !
I’m a freelance and self-taught 3D/2D artist. I’m self-employed as a content creator in Second Life where I mostly sell women apparel under my brand named “The Secret Store”. I started learning 3D with Blender in 2010 when I opened my shop in the virtual world, following a whole range of tutorials from the 3D community. Occasionally, amongst my main clothing releases, I enjoy working on creatures and characters to extend my skillset.
Lately I have been fascinated by foxes and I started drawing and studying them a lot before even thinking to make anything in 3D.
(Some preparatory sketches)
After a while I decided to start working in 3D, I started some very rough shaping in Blender using references.
Once I was satisfied, I imported my base mesh into Zbrush and I refined it using the Move and Move topological tools until I was more pleased with the overall shape. I then started to add more and more details by subdividing my model and until I could sculpt the fur and the finest details.
When I had enough details, I painted my model in Zbrush as well, and I added the eyes and whiskers. At this point I went back into Blender to do a manual retopology work to get a cleaner edge flow. Once the retopo was done, I UV’ed my model and baked my high poly details and painting onto the low poly model using xNormal.
I repeated the same process for the little robin. The decorative leaves, however, were manually painted in photoshop and modeled with Blender. The snow base is a very basic AO bake with a subtle snow texture overlay.
After texturing, I rigged the fox to be able to pose it in various stages for which I made a couple of different props.
Once I was done, I decided to make a couple of renders with Blender Cycles to add these foxes to my portfolio. I set up a HDR environment and a couple of basic lights and framed each scene in order get a lively and storytelling result.
(More rendered images available on Maylee’s ArtStation)
I decided to display my model on Sketchfab as well to be able to add a 3D visualisation to my portfolio. I was nicely surprised that setting up a model was way easier than it used to be, especially with the Blender plugin, I will try to use it more often for sure. I love browsing Sketchfab for inspiration – professional 3D work fascinates me, and I really enjoy looking at other people’s topology and textures and learning from them.
I’m very glad to be on spotlight today, I hope you enjoyed reading this, thank you !
In addition to the links above, you can also find more of Maylee’s work on her Sketchfab portfolio.