Author Topic: Meet MAT: Fuquan Smith Entry  (Read 3303 times)

Hi everybody this is my concept for the contest. It's based off an ice cream sundae. The head is strawberry ice cream with chocolate and caramel syrup on top.The body is a chocolate/vanilla swirl (but I have to work on the back). And the legs is a waffle cone dipped in chocolate. I know some of the materials look kind of weird, especially the caramel syrup and the ice cream swirl but I am slowly adjusting it.

I'm planning on adding nuts and sprinkles to the whole model and the arms are going to be a swirl but more chaotic.

I'm average at substance painter so any advice and feedback is greatly appreciated.






I just wanted to give an update.

A couple of changes. I decided to change everything to french vanilla with caramel mixed in. I finished the arms by adding chocolate and sprinkles. I also got rid of the caramel syrup on the top since it looked awkward and unnatural.

I'm still having trouble figuring out the caramel material but I'm slowly figuring it out. I also don't know if the caramel should pop out or in.

The next step for me is to probably start adding nuts, make the chocolate syrup look more natural/realistic and then start working on the base. However I'm having trouble figuring out what the base should be.

Like always any critiques and feedback is welcomed and appreciated.


Looks yummy.
I'd eat them all.  :)

The French vanilla looks to have a slight green/tan hue to me, but that might be my eyes or my uncalibrated monitor.
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Looks yummy.
I'd eat them all.  :)

The French vanilla looks to have a slight green/tan hue to me, but that might be my eyes or my uncalibrated monitor.

I'm glad you think it looks edible. I was trying to match this color, but it may also be too saturated.


A quick update.

I added in a face and some sprinkles on top of the head.It looks a little weird but I don't know why so if you have any idea please let me know. Also I decided the base is going to be a ceramic plate with a bunch of drips and pieces from MAT.

Like always feedback and critiques are welcomed.



Another update

I finished the nuts topping for the head. I have mixed feelings on it so I would appreciate it if someone gave their thoughts on it. I also added details to the base which I think matched with the main model. I just have to clean it up a bit.

I think it's almost done just a couple of more details to add. Like some melting drips from the ice cream and an improved caramel material.

Like always feedback and critiques are appreciated.


Really nice.  :)

I think the primary cone height map is looking really nice.  I wonder if you could find a subtle fine-grained noise to add to the cone material to make the "texture" a bit more rich.  The surface detail is a bit smooth, giving it almost a plastic look.  It could use small (very tiny) pits on it.  That would really help it on the high-res images, I think.

Also, in Iray, do you have the "Firefly Filter Enabled" turned on?  That might help get rid of the noise in the light area of the floor near the base.  Or just give it more rendering time for your final image.


Bottom line, though, is "very nice work" and it makes my want to gobble it up before it melts too much.  :)
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Really nice.  :)

I think the primary cone height map is looking really nice.  I wonder if you could find a subtle fine-grained noise to add to the cone material to make the "texture" a bit more rich.  The surface detail is a bit smooth, giving it almost a plastic look.  It could use small (very tiny) pits on it.  That would really help it on the high-res images, I think.

Also, in Iray, do you have the "Firefly Filter Enabled" turned on?  That might help get rid of the noise in the light area of the floor near the base.  Or just give it more rendering time for your final image.


Bottom line, though, is "very nice work" and it makes my want to gobble it up before it melts too much.  :)


Thanks. You have no idea how much of a relief it is know that this is good. I will definitely work on the waffle cone and fix up the render.

One of my favorites! Original idea, great execution, visual clarity.

The eyes and mouth are a bit weird, though. I'm not sure what they are supposed to be made of. I'd make them with something else, or just get rid of them. And I can't decide whether I like the nuts or sprinkle hair better. Other than that, I love it. Hope you get into top 3 :)

One of my favorites! Original idea, great execution, visual clarity.

The eyes and mouth are a bit weird, though. I'm not sure what they are supposed to be made of. I'd make them with something else, or just get rid of them. And I can't decide whether I like the nuts or sprinkle hair better. Other than that, I love it. Hope you get into top 3 :)

Thanks. I'm really glad you like this piece. I'm even more glad you think it's top 3 material.

As for the eyes and mouth; they are suppose to be sprinkle balls/dots on top of caramel but it came out as a mess. I got rid of them and replace them with something that's more cleaner while also retaining the shape of the face.

This is the final render for this project. I added some melted spots to make it look more interesting and changed the face to chocolate pieces.

This was a good learning experience for me and a lot of fun. With no professional experience I felt like I learned some skills and techniques that are very helpful. In the end I like the way Sundae MAT came out and I hope I can work on future projects similar to this one.

I know it won't help with the contest but any feedback for future projects is appreciated.






This is the final render for this project. I added some melted spots to make it look more interesting and changed the face to chocolate pieces.

FIRST AND FOREMOST - Great job!  I really like it.

I think changing to the cholocate pieces was a good decision.  The swirls in the eyes are a sweet touch (pun intended).



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I know it won't help with the contest but any feedback for future projects is appreciated.

There are a couple places where I like the melted ice cream, and a couple where it looks a bit out of place to me.
+ On the waist and on the left (our right) hand, I think it turned out great.
- The big run down his torso looks; a) different color, b) too much, where did it it all come from?, and c) it doesn't follow the contour of the underlying "twist" ice cream.
- If he's that melty, then the ridges on the ice cream swirls (which you did so well) should perhaps slightly droopy in places.
+/- I'm undecided about the run from his eye.  It could be interesting if he was sad because he was melting, and it was a tear.

Hey, I know!  Let's go buy some ice cream cones and do more research!   :D

BOTTOM LINE:  Great entry, and it was fun to see it.
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There are a couple places where I like the melted ice cream, and a couple where it looks a bit out of place to me.
+ On the waist and on the left (our right) hand, I think it turned out great.
- The big run down his torso looks; a) different color, b) too much, where did it it all come from?, and c) it doesn't follow the contour of the underlying "twist" ice cream.
- If he's that melty, then the ridges on the ice cream swirls (which you did so well) should perhaps slightly droopy in places.
+/- I'm undecided about the run from his eye.  It could be interesting if he was sad because he was melting, and it was a tear.


Those are all great points. I didn't even think about all those things. To be honest the drips on the torso, arm, and head were last minute additions and also an accident that I recreated. But yeah I will definitely think about those kinds of details on future projects.