back Leather Bag (Study)

There was a job offer I was given by a potential client to create a visualization of a leather handbag, and I didn't have anything of the sort within my portfolio so bring upfront. So, in order to show the client what I could do, I decided to embark on my first bag, utilizing Blender for modeling, rendering, and uv unwrapping, and then brought the bag into Substance Painter to create the texture maps for the leather and bronze ring.

As usual, I'm always wanting to hear anyone's opinions or thoughts on my work. Please destroy me and my pride, artist to artist!

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    Brandon Ruffin

    llincemmx Thank you so much!

  • CARLOS BRAZON

    Good job...is nice

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    Brandon Ruffin

    starry Looking forward to critiquing for you :)

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    Brandon Ruffin

    forrest-harless Thank you man! It's all thanks to Substance Painter!

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    Brandon Ruffin

    starry Ohhhh, that's what I thought you meant, I did notice that detail of the edges of the leather, but didn't know how to go about it the right way, so in order to abide by my deadline, I left it the way that it was. My mistake really., I should have remembered about it sooner rather than later in the pipeline. I did check out the different types of seams, and holy cow that's a game changer! I really didn't think about how many types of seams there were knowing how they are made really improves my planning of an overall project. Thank you! I appreciate what you had to say! Yeah, I just realized a good way I could have used an HDR but be able to use the white surroundings in post processing. It's interesting how sucked into a project I can become that I miss these small things. You made very good points, thank you so much!

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    Sara (Starry)

    bruffin776 Oh, I just spotted the reference image!!! Doh! anyway your reference image has raw, overlapping edges, do you see that hint of a lighter colour on all the raw edges? That is the matte underside of the leather showing - also you can be a little bit thicker with your top stitching, and maybe not so perfect. To match the reference more the colour of the leather could be richer, a bit more tan than red and a bit more grunge on the metal. Maybe if you used a reflection image in the world it would enhance the overall effect. Still its good work!

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    Sara (Starry)

    bruffin776 Ha Ha! Your payback time is fast approaching! The edges I was talking about was the raw edges of the leather. Often leather is not sewn with seams but overlapped and stitched - these raw edges are sometimes sealed with rubbery glue or left raw which reveals a softer, matte underside to the leather .
    This is an example of rubbery finish :
    https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/233765036890638972/
    This is a poor example of the raw finish...
    https://www.pinterest.com/julieinleeds/4leather/
    If you want ultra realism it might be an idea to look up 'leather overlap seam', 'leather butt seams' and 'leather plain seam'. They are some of the most commonly used leather seams and will really give you that edge when modelling clothes or accessories!

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    Forrest Harless

    Looks good! I like render and the texture is right on!

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    Brandon Ruffin

    starry Haha, thank you so much, it was definitely something that challenged my knowledge of tools at my disposal. You are about the fourth person to notice that it was sort of plastic looking. Now that I think about it, maybe I nneeded to make the lighting a bit dimmer, or make the leather darker to make it appear more glossy. Also, I posted the reference I had, didn't really think it'd be necessary, but that was a mistake. Yeah, the stitching usually contrasts, but this particular bag didn't have that feature which was weird. The differences in color, what did you mean? I couldn't figure out which aspect of the leather you were describing was lighter or darker. I will keep all of this in mind.

    Thank you so much for your compliments, and of course, your cold heart! I appreciate it greatly! Let me know if you have anything else for me to critique! It's payback time

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    Sara (Starry)

    As usual you have done great work! My first impression though is that the leather looks too plastic...perhaps you could post the reference image as well? The stitching is good but usually it contrasts to the colour of the leather, also the edges of most bag are sealed, making them darker or even a different colour to the tanned side of the leather. If the edges are un-sealed then they are usually lighter or at least matte rather than shiny.
    Studs and metal accessories are only used in certain bags so its fine not to have them here. Your scale is good and also the form looks like the stiff folds you get from leather - so overall, good job! Just maybe try tweaking the leather a bit more...