Model, Texture, And Light A Jellyfish Scene In Cinema 4D

July 21, 2015


In this Tutorial, Patrick Goski and Nick Campbell answer a question from brett_morris during AskGSG about how to make a jelly fish scene similar to this great render by James Gardner-Pickett.

First Patrick models the Jelly fish, then we make a custom transparent texture and start to build the scene. Then, we both light and finish texturing the shot using HDRI Studio Pack.

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  • Just watched the first 12 minutes and it already blew my mind.
    Did Patrick really made this techniques up on the go? Awesome!

  • Sweet! Nice work guys. For floaties, you could add a gradient texture to the transparency of your discs so they are not sharp when in focus. Final render looks great. Thanks for another great GSG session!

  • One of the best videos to date! Using the jellyfish_profile spline to model the jelly brain was great. I can’t wait to see the “Other Tutorial” that was in C4d when you switched windows.

  • What was that other project or tutorial you were working on previous to this one? The technique and design looked sick. Thank as always for all the helpful tips and tools. =)

  • good try, but tentacles are not the same as reference, I mean that one is more twisty kind of thing, but anyways good job guys

  • Great tutorial. Thanks guys!

  • I’ve been waiting forever for somebody to make a tutorial about jellyfishes, with this I can finally attempt to do something similar to the jellyfish from digital tutors

    Thank you for creating amazing tutorials, keep up the good work πŸ˜‰

  • Excellent tut. I started something like this a few years ago, but it still sits in the “to be continued” archive…
    Would love to see this taken to the next level and animated!

    oNo Stuff

  • Amazing guys,
    I wonder if we think about rigging the jellyfish it’s gonna be a lot of fun : ) correct ?

  • Came pretty close a couple years ago:

  • Wow. Just wow.

  • wow, great tutorial. love the final product and all the tips to get there. great job guys

  • Very good tutorial. Thanks guys

  • Hi Nick

    Could you Please! Please! make a tutorial on this effect.

    Learned a lot from you! Thank you very much!


  • Great work! and awesome as always. I got really inspired. I have been wondering about this for a long time. Need to try this on my next project. #sharingiscaring

  • hey Nick! Amazing tutorial. I was wondering if you could share the HDR image you chose to light and reflect in the scene. I believe it was called “onthesideoftheroad” Thank you in advance.

  • Brigitte Lattanzio July 30, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Great Tut. The setting to get the disc to face camera.
    Under transform – bank 90.

  • WOAH hold up what tutorial is the project with the face you x out in the very beginning?!?!

  • Great tutorial! Awesome as always!
    Here is my jellyfish:

    Keep up the good works!

    • Wow, this is a great result!
      Do you own the hdri light tool made by Nick? Or did you make this without it?
      I don’t have it and somehow I can’t get the lights right. The transparency isn’t working well in my tries to rebuild the jellyfish. Maybe you could make alternate tutorial for all who don’t have the “hdri tool thing”

  • you guys are awesome! I am a Maya fan but this is making me want to try C4D! thanks guys

  • As a Broadcast user I wish this was executed in one of the lesser versions of C4D. There are workarounds I am sure.

  • Paul van Sommeren August 20, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Awesome tutorial! Here’s my attempt, mixed with some Pokemon πŸ™‚

  • I looked for about 10 minutes already. Patrick done! Very humble and polite boy ) Perhaps this is a very good complement to the rest of the team – God Of Modeling πŸ™‚ By the way, an interesting techniques of procedural modeling ) Many thanks to Patrick and thank you Nick for the tireless work for the sake of the most interesting videos and speakers πŸ˜‰ Keep it up guys! You’re the best )

  • That transparency always makes for a pretty render.
    My Finished Jelly:

  • Hey,
    I am trying to learn cinema4d better by doing the tutorials on the site. And i encountered a problem with this one. When i try to render it i get a error “not enought memory”. I have 8 gigs, isnt that enough for this scene? i have done similar scenes and they worked fine. Do you guys know some settings that can help me?

  • I made an animation 14340 frames long, It saves only the last 30 frames… I N-E-E-D to find a way to fix it so it will save the entire animation… HELP ME PLEASE, GREYSCALEGORILLA!!!

  • Awesome tutorial… by the way, can you show us how to animate it?

  • where i can find the HDRI used in this tutorial?

  • Can you please tell me where can i find that HDRI “on the side of the road”?

  • Thanks for the great tutorial!! learned a lot from this tutorial.
    here is my result, I finished this with a short animation. I’m still a newbie, so really look forward to learn more
    Once again. Thank you!

  • Thanks for an awesome tutorial! Once again I learned a ton!
    I was wondering how you fixed the issue with the spline wrap for the entire jelly fish?

  • This is awesome! Do you have C4D and Zbrush workflow tuts?

  • Hi, I completed this tutorial but I had one strange problem. In the work window and in the preview, the individual strands of hair wouldn’t render, only the roots. So it looked like everything was working fine!

    However when I actually placed it in picture viewer, it rendered with all the hairs. I have no idea why this is happening. I unchecked “render hair” yet in picture viewer it renders all the hair every time. Could someone help?

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