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I modelled the back of a bee using subsurface modelling.

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I want it to have 'bumps' like this:

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I did the above by duplicating the object a lot of times and then made shapes to use as a cut for the boolean modifier. While the result looks 'ok' to me. Making changes is a real pain.

I also tried using a latice but that didn't turn out well either.

What would be a good technique to do this?

Here the file in case it helps to try on the actual model.

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  • $\begingroup$ It would help if you could add some reference images of what you are going for. $\endgroup$ – PGmath Apr 11 '16 at 12:38
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You can use edge creases to sharpen edges when using the subdivision surface modifier, and simple bevelling and scaling to generate this effect.

Start with a subdivided capsule with a topology like this:

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Select an edge where you'd like to create a segment in the bee's abdomen:

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Bevel the edge using the shortcut CtrlB, then move the cursor slightly to create a small bevel.

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Select the rear edge.

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Scale it down.

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Select the front edge, open the options panel with the shortcut N, then crank up the crease to around 0.75.

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Finally, you can play with the scale and position of the edges of each segment, and repeat this process to create the segmented abdomen.

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  • $\begingroup$ What do you use to make a gif like that? $\endgroup$ – clankill3r Apr 13 '16 at 21:33
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    $\begingroup$ I use the nice and free Screen to Gif: screentogif.codeplex.com $\endgroup$ – TLousky Apr 14 '16 at 5:29

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