Day 3-21: This is going to be a study into creating characters for a multiples project for the Digital fab lab course. In the "Multiples with meaning" assignment we were to make a minimum of 3 prints of something and have some purpose with their numbers. I would figure out what that purpose was through out the assignment. All I knew was that I wanted to make some cats.
I first started off with a tiny cube and worked from a side profile view, to shape the inner torso into a bean like shape till satisfied. After cutting the bean in half from the front, only leaving just the right side, I would extrude one arm and one leg.
After I shaped the bottom torso to the desired roundedness, I began with the upper shape the same way I had start the bean. Create an extrusion from the inner faces and scale out progressively till you have to wind it back in. Extrude ears, and finally detail the entire model. You can easily accomplish this with the sculpting tool and or soft selection. These tools are dire for creating smooth effects.
If you are printing, do not be scared of going high poly count. It's a bad habit for modeling, but as you learn there's nothing wrong with applying too many edge loops.
After making the face I created a face study trying to nail a silly cartoon face for my characters. At this point I had reasoned creating a cute story and characters for it. So I envisioned a detective story of a cat called Detective Snowflake versus a crime boss cat dubbed "El tigre". I would model out some characters for the story then just try to sell the work.