3D Spider Web

3D Spider Web. 1 hour project

Recently I saw beatiful images of spiders by german photographer(unfortunately I wasn’t smart enough to remember his name). You even can see an expression on spider’s face(lol). Those photographs inspired me so much, so I postponed my other activities and decided make my own spider’s web…


1. I started this project drawing dumpiest ever rectangular shape and applied Twirl Filter
2. See the result? I corrected it a bit. It happened too thin. So, I duplicated Layer two times, what gave me necessary line wdth and deleted weird curl in the center.
3. Well… Mr. Spider of course is a great architect, but even though he can not create such a perfect design. I gotta be destructive and distort my wonderful Twirlie. That’s why I took that amazing distortion tool like Wave Filter and applied it on concentric twirl. I believe, you can see setting I used for my task through the twirl.
4. In the following step I wasn’t creative(confess, I couldn’t figure any Photoshop tool which can give me lines to be connected to particular points of twirl… maybe you know it) and using Pen Tool, simply drew lines from center to perephery of twirl.
5. And now fun time! Let’s draw full body portrait of Mr. Spider – the landlord of that web.
6. For spiders legs I used custom made Brush(Hardness=70, Jitter size=60 and some spacing between dabs), which gave me freedom to draw spider-like legs. Oh, Jeez! Only now I understood how stupid I was doing that unprofessional step. Well… it’s too late. But for the future sake I will share the easy way do same thing. Anyway, it’s better later, than never. All you have to do it is draw lines, that follow direction of spider’s leg with Pen Tool and stroke path with properly set Brush.
7. To make legs dimensional I set legs Layer Style to the shown settinng. For Pattern Overlay I used one of the Photoshop default pattern.
8. For Mr. Spider suit pattern I drew very approximate design and applied Glass filter on it
9. I finished portrait of His Insectness, adding some hair on its legs, some highlights and reflects over spider’s body.
10. Foliage of the trees was done with customized Brush. Some water drops were added to make my picture look more realistic. To be perfectly honest, I am not very happy with final results… Though, you are my judges now…

Written by okgrafix on March 27th, 2007 with 3 comments.
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#1. October 10th, 2007, at 1:37 PM.

Marvelous digital work. i’m old school, I’d have drawn the spider with pencil and scanned him in.

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#2. February 29th, 2008, at 2:06 PM.

nice work, i think you added an extra body segment to your spider.
still it looks really nice.

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#3. May 8th, 2011, at 5:43 PM.

that doesnt help a bit how is that a 3d project it is just a bunch of pictures

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