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Mech Illustration with Character & Story

3D-to-2D Design & Painting Techniques with Hamish Frater


Learn how to create extraordinary illustrations with character and story by combining the precision and flexibility of 3D with the expressive freedom of 2D. Hamish Frater’s detailed workshop guides you through his process for creating engaging, characterful illustrations with a hand-drawn feel.

This workshop details the importance of collecting the right volume of references before diving into the sketching, 3D modeling, rendering, and painting processes to build up the design and final illustration. Throughout the process, Hamish offers his tried-and-tested tips for great design, composition, lighting, and color, and he teaches how to generate useful final passes that will help bring your illustration together in the most impressive way.

This workshop is aimed at intermediate-level artists with some previous knowledge of 3D software, rendering, and Photoshop assumed. That said, the principles described and demonstrated in this workshop will be relevant and enjoyable for artists of all levels. With more than 20 years of experience working in film and games, Hamish has plenty of industry insights that he shares throughout the 5 hours of this workshop.

Included with this workshop are a set of Hamish’s most-used brushes along with his 3D files to help you get started with building out your own scenes.

Duration: 5h 02m

Format: HD 1920x1080

Hamish Frater

Art Director at Hutch

Hamish Frater is a digital artist living and working in London, UK. Starting his career as an environment artist at the Sony London studio, Hamish now works as Art Director at the racing game studio Hutch. He also works freelance for the TV and Film industry. 

Hamish's personal work is influenced by his love of old machinery and the idea of human survival in a post-apocalyptic world. He prioritizes color, texture, and interesting forms to help build character and bring life to the worlds he creates. 

Follow Hamish on Twitter @OutOfTheForests.

  • Hamish is an incredibly talented art director with true creative flair. He always excels and delivers quality far beyond what you expect; not only that, but he is able to apply this quality across all artistic fields when directing and mentoring others. He is a joy to work with; he's communicative, engaged, and just a lot of fun to be around.

    - Ian Griffiths
    Creative Director at Hutch

  • I’ve had the privilege of working with Hamish for over 17 years now. He was a great artist when we first met, and he’s only improved since then. He’s the kind of artist that consistently produces incredible art while making it all seem so effortless. His exceptional skills and expertise, combined with his humble and open-minded attitude, make him a great art director.

    - James Emmins
    Head of Tech Art at Hutch