I always see this style of 3D art that really stands out. They kind of look like toys, like the material looks unnatural yet appealing. Ill post some examples, you know it when you see it.

enter image description here By Dimas NP

enter image description here (Tried looking everywhere for the artist but I can find the name, sorry!)

enter image description here by Julien Kaspar This one is maybe closest to what im talking about.

Ive never really seen a tutorial on how this style is done so I hope someone can help


Perhaps what you like in these pictures is that the materials are somewhere between plastic, modeling clay and skin, which I guess is a mix between glossy and translucency. You could try with this: Mix Diffuse and Glossy nodes, with a Fresnel as factor, and mix this with a Subsurface Scattering which will give the translucency and lightness. For the second picture maybe he used an Image Texture for the skin (blushed cheeks), that he plugged into the Diffuse.

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  • $\begingroup$ I tried it on something ive been working on and it didn't really come out close to it. The texture I had on it got washed out and muddy and it doesn't have any AO in the cracks and that like white part in the thick areas i.imgur.com/Edb83Nh.jpg $\endgroup$ – Uncle Yonkers Jul 10 at 20:24
  • $\begingroup$ To me what you show looks rather like plastic, it might even not need Subsurface Scattering but just a mix between Diffuse and Glossy, but maybe someone will find something satisfying $\endgroup$ – moonboots Jul 10 at 20:55
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, I wasn't trying to sound shitty or not appreciating your time. $\endgroup$ – Uncle Yonkers Jul 10 at 22:50
  • $\begingroup$ oh it's ok ;) but what you show above has nothing to do with what I propose $\endgroup$ – moonboots Jul 11 at 6:01
  • $\begingroup$ I would recommend you to join Blender cloud, there is upcoming video tutorial about creating stylized characters from Julien which is great, see it here : cloud.blender.org/blog/introducing-rain $\endgroup$ – Bintang Senja Jul 21 at 4:39

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