For this software Mudbox Autodesk has chosen a name full of meaning. “Mud box” is the way a modelcan can be created with this software, and can be compared to the method used to model clay. Printing objects made with this software could turn you into real artists.
Mudbox is mainly used for organic modeling, where models must always be very “soft” and never “squared” ( Hard Surface), and/or where you need to add details such as to make the final model spectacular, all with minimal effort.
Getting details like those in this image (note the scales and ripples of the skin), it’s not easy, or at least it’s not with other types of software.
Two words about organic modeling
Not all “techniques” of modeling ( Polygon, Spline, Numrbs, etc.) allow you to get the same results, or at least, the same results with the same effort. Some techniques, therefore, lend themselves better than others when making certain types of models. For example, one of the terms often used in modeling is “Hard Surface”. The term Hard Surface refers to a type of “hard surfaces” that could belong to a car, a crate, a dwelling, and all models where there are absolutely flat surfaces.
It is obviously possible, with the above techniques, to round edges or surfaces but to get details like those visible in the image (see above), you may need to use special techniques, additional and not quite from beginners . With organic modeling, however, you can get very “soft” models, while it is much more difficult to get “Hard Surface” surfaces, in a short time and without having to resort to particular “strategies”.
Some results you can get with Mudbox
Modeling with Mudbox
To model with Mudbox you can start from a solid standard (cube, sphere, plane, etc.), from other forms provided by the software or other models (also made with other programs ) imported. The model will be moldable as if it were molding of clay. It will then be possible, through the use of the different “brushes” or Brush, to add or remove material, to practice “incisions”, extend or compress the material etc. Each “brush” has different properties, can be used using different techniques, and through them you can modify every aspect of the model.
Mudbox is not free
Again the software is not free. Autodesk can provide a license to students valid for 3 years. However, for more details and clarifications about the various types of licenses and their conditions, please visit Autodesk.
If you are interested in the software and details of the student license, find HERE the link to see the terms.
Download: Autodesk website (free trial)
Price: Autodesk offers a monthly subscription of 12.20 euros, an annual subscription from about 103.70 euros, three years to 311.10 euros
User level: medium to expert
System: Autodesk® Mudbox® 2018 is supported by the following 64 operating systems
- 1) Microsoft® Windows® 7 (SP1) and Windows 10 Professional operating system
- 2) Apple operating system® Mac OS® X 10.11.x or 10.12.x
- 3) Red Hat® Enterprise Linux operating system® 6.5 and 7.2 WS
- 4) Linux CentOS 6.5 and 7.2 operating system