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Creating an enchanted 3D world with KitBash3D artist Daniel Dana

September 21, 2023

KitBash3D’s ready-made asset Kits are an incredibly powerful resource, especially when paired with their new software plugin, Cargo. Their new release, Enchanted, helps you create your very own “happily ever after” with hundreds of classic fantasy assets and textures for your next project.

If you’re envisioning a 3D world full of magical castles, whimsical villages, peasant cottages, knights, witches, and princesses, the clank of swords, heroic tales, and mythical creatures for your next game, animated film, or personal project, then Enchanted is the perfect Kit to get you started — whether you’re building a Game of Thrones style gritty drama or a Disney-style family story.

Daniel Dana Headshot

Concept artist Daniel Dana created the latest Kit’s cover art, using KitBash3D tools in Blender, all on a Wacom tablet. Check out Daniel’s work on his Artstation or his Instagram.

We spoke with Daniel about his process for creating the piece and how Wacom products fit into his workflow. The interview has been edited slightly for clarity and relevance.

The cover art for this KitBash3D Kit, made by Daniel Dana

How did you get into concept art, and creating 3D art in particular?

I’ve been working professionally as a concept artist and illustrator since 2020. I started working with 3D specifically when I learned that not only were the top pros using it, but I also realized it has the potential to speed up so many different avenues of my workflow.

What are some of your favorite projects you’ve worked on, or studios / companies you’ve worked with?

One of the first professional jobs of my career was to design some wormhole VFX imagery for the film The Adam Project, starring Ryan Reynolds. To be involved with such a cool film, with such a cool actor was quite a “pinch me” moment for me.

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Tell us about the story you told in the Cover Art piece.

One of the great things about KB3D’s kits is the amount of detail and optimized meshes, which really allows you to quickly explore different compositions so you can focus more on telling a good story and less on technical modeling.

For this particular story, I went through different scenarios in my mind, including a fantastical wedding and a town perched high on a cliffside. We ended up with this scene with the knight, and I love it. It feels very cozy — I want to go there!

What is your favorite model in the new Kit?

My favorite model is actually one of the smallest. It’s a rolling cart with tankards and barrels, which are kegs for what I’m assuming is some delicious mead. That’s a fun model, and it reminds me of Bilbo’s birthday party scene in the Shire [from Lord of the Rings].

What tools do you use to create your pieces?

I use mainly Blender and Photoshop. Occasionally I’ll use 3D coat, Character Creator, and Gravity Sketch. I’ve used a Wacom Intuos pro 4 for some sculpting, but for nearly everything I do in Photoshop.

Daniel Dana with Wacom

What do you have planned for the future? Anything exciting that you’re currently working on or have coming up?

I’ll be attending the Concept 101 event in London this year with the rest of my team at One Pixel Brush! So if you’re reading this and are planning to attend as well and would like to meet, just look for the guy with glasses, a big beard, and a Pink Floyd forearm tattoo.

Enchanted In-Use

Richard Mans (FuzzyRealms) shows how KitBash3D Kits like Enchanted can be used in Unreal Engine

Kosei Wano (Wanoco4d) mixes the medieval-inspired Enchanted Kit with a giant, jellyfish-like creature for a dynamic mix-and-match

Want to try Enchanted? KitBash3D is having an anniversary sale!

KitBash3D’s Kits work with virtually any 3D creation software, including Blender, Maya, Unreal Engine, and more. They’re having a huge sale right now, too — you can get a big discount on Cargo Pro, get three Kits for the price of two, or other bundles and discount packages.

Enchanted goes amazing with some of KitBash3D’s other Kits, such Medieval Siege, Dark Fantasy, and Medieval Market. Check out the sale!

What’s KitBash3D Cargo?

Cargo is KitBash3D’s next evolution – free software which will revolutionize the way artists work with 3D assets! You can still purchase individual KitBash3D Kits and import them into your preferred 3D software. But with a free download of Cargo Basic, you will have instant, one-click access to all of your purchased KitBash3D kits. And with Cargo Pro, you get access to every model and material KitBash3D offers — over 10,000 assets!

That means Enchanted and all the rest of KitBash3D’s Fantasy Kits, as well as so many others, are included with a Cargo Pro subscription — which is on sale now! Click here to learn more about the features of Cargo, and to download it to try for yourself!

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