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3D Motorbike - KTM 125 Duke 2023

3D Motorbike - KTM 125 Duke 2023

Dat Matthias Nguyen
by Datmatthiasnguyen on 29 May 2023 for Rookie Awards 2023

This motorbike is based on the real existing motorbike "KTM 125 Duke 2023". When I saw this technical beast, I fell immediately in love with it. I hope you like it as much as I do.

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Hello guys, my name is Dat Matthias Nguyen and this is my personal project I just finished for the Rookies 2023.

I'm very excited to present my work and I wish all other contenders that have entered the contest the best of luck!

I wanted to add something new to my reel, showcasing specifically my hard-surface modeling skills for automotive product visualization. Therefore I chose the "KTM 125 Duke 2023" motorbike, which was complex and challenging enough to bring me out of my comfort zone.

The hardest part of this project was to figure out the inner middle section of the bike. It was so complex and I had no knowledge about motorbikes. So I had to gather as many references as I could find on the Internet. Also, there were technical hurdles to overcome later in Unreal Engine 5.

These reference pictures here are only about 30% of the references I used, but these are the most significant ones. I also joined a motorbike group on Facebook and randomly saw someone posting a picture of this motorbike. I asked him to send me some pictures of specific angles, which helped me a lot and I'm thankful for it.

I mainly modeled this motorbike in Maya and used Zbrush to sculpt things, that would have been difficult in Maya. But once I finished this project I found out about another CAD software that now allows me to create this 3D bike 10 times faster and more precisely than before. 

The textures for this bike I have created in Substance Painter and I used Photoshop to create the fonts.

Finally, I created the lighting and did the rendering in Unreal Engine 5.

This was the hardest personal hard surface modeling project I had so far and I have learned so much from it. It took me about 2 months in total to finish this and now I will be able to do this much quicker and better.

Thank you all for reading and I wish other contestants much success in the future.

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