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Yang Tenglong: 3D artist interview

Yang Tenglong

Character artist

3D artist Yang Tenglong talks about his latest work and his ongoing project “General’s Tears” where he plans to create all the characters from his novel!

Yang's ArtStation

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Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you, what do you do, and where are you located?

Yang

Hello everyone, I am very glad to communicate with you. I’m Yang Tenglong. I graduated in 2017 and officially entered the 3D digital software industry. I’m currently doing character modeling work, including writing my own daily novel "General’s Tears." I am now an independent producer. I am currently in Jinan, China.

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What was the workflow behind your latest gallery image? Where did the idea come from?

Yang

In my early stage of this work of Valkyrie, I quickly made a profile pose in ZBrush or sketched in Photoshop. After that, I started to make the model in ZBrush. All the models were completed directly in ZBrush. The body of the dragon and the hair of the dragon are all made with the CurveTube brush. First, pull out a large size and then refine the details. The fabric of the Valkyrie is made of a ball and then dynameshed. After that, select the parts needed to dynemesh. I used a hair brush to Zremesh the dragon hair. In fact, the most difficult thing about Valkyrie is not the details of the model but the performance of the composition.

As for how this idea came about, in fact, I have always liked fairy-style novels so I started to write my own novels in 2020 because I want to see the characters in the novels and think that if the model is made, the effect may be very good. I made a novel that I wrote. The structure is relatively large. There are thousands of models of characters and creatures to do. So temporarily I prepare the original model and make the texture and hair pictures. I hope that I can finish all these characters in my lifetime. Ha!

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What challenges did the image present? Did you learn something new?

Yang

In this work of Valkyrie, I really learned a lot, such as the texture embroidery effect of cloth. I wanted all texture effects to be displayed in ZBrush. So I tested the effect of a method and the design of the dragon head is a new image design. At that time, I had to combine it with the novel, and the production of cloud and mist is the first time I came into contact with the effect of making clouds. The cloud effect I made this time is actually quite general. On the whole, it is still difficult to express the composition.

battle male warrior 3d render model

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Do you use any other software, either for work or personal projects?

Yang

I will use some software for work and personal works. If it is to make texture hair pictures, then I use Maya. If the XGen nhair software in Maya divides the UV, I also use Maya to show the UV. The texture map will also use Mari and Substance Painter and Substance Designer will use Arnold to render the image. If it is a prime model, you can directly use Keyshot to render it.

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How do you keep your portfolio up-to-date? Any tips?

Yang

I will continue to maintain what I want to do with novels and there are many things I need to learn to do. Also, because novels are something I have always liked to do because I am an independent producer, I will often take the company’s outsourcing to do this. It won't let me stop creating because of funding issues.

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Are you a member of any social media groups? Any favorite hashtags you check on a daily basis?

Yang

I have accounts on 3dtotal, ArtStation, CGTALK, and ZbrushCentral to publish my personal works. I check the hashtags I like every day. I often browse these websites. Sometimes I see what I like and save them. It brings me some inspiration.

Asian inspired 3d model imagery dragon warrior art design

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What are your artistic ambitions?

Yang

In fact, I don’t have some great artistic ambitions. According to my own ideas, I hope that I can finish all the characters and creatures I like in my novels and I am looking forward to my continuous growth.

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Who are your favorite artists, traditional or digital, and can you explain why?

Yang

Actually, I like many artists! If I say who I like the most, I prefer traditional artists. I like my teacher Wang Kewei paintings because his paintings are very attractive to me. He likes paintings of ancient Chinese themes. I like to design some ancient characters for myself and it is also very helpful. I personally think that it is really good to restore the expressions of the characters in that era.

Asian inspired 3d model imagery dragon warrior art design

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What can we expect to see from you next?

Yang

Next, I will continue to create the character works in my novels, including some works on ancient Chinese themes. The next work "Wu Song Fights the Tiger" is in production and I am looking forward to this work. Wu Song Fights the Tiger is the subject of the Water Margin. I have been conceiving for a long time for my work, and I will continue to complete my novel and work with the production of the next Valkyrie Emperor in "General's Tears"!

Thank you everyone for reading this long article.

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