Bumblebee Fan Art Staff Pick

  • June 18, 2012
  • Blender 2.6x
  • Render: Blender Internal
  • Creator: Zero4mike
  • License: CC-BY
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Made and Rendered in Blender 2.59

I tried recreating Bumblebee from the Transformers movie sequel. This by far the most complex scene I have made in Blender. It took me about 5 months, literally, to pull this off. I have never worked on it more than an hour in a day though. The biggest challenge was modeling without proper reference images. I’ve browsed several sites looking for proper reference images but failed. So I decided to use snapshots from the actual movie. I sketched out each piece at a time and I went to modeling. I mostly used box-modeling technique.

Lighting was pretty straight forward I used a Sun lamp as a key and fill, and also an Area rim light. I added AO and Environmental Lighting but I didn’t use it for the final render (above).

Material nodes were helpful in bring up some saturation. All the texturing was done with procedural textures except one scratch map from CGtextures (MetalScratches0037_2_S.jpg), which the scene will still look good without.

Rendering (with Blender Internal) took 11 mins. on my 4.3 Ghz laptop. I used the compositor for some Color grading, DOF, and a little glow. Then I switched to GIMP and adjusted some curves, added more Color grading, and a cute lens flare to top it all off. I also flipped the image horizontally for no apparent reason (so the blend file is horizontally the opposite of the image above).

I hope this will be a great resource for those of you who like “reverse engineering”.


Keep your comments as harsh as possible. Don’t worry about hurting my feelings. ;-)


  • chrisbreen1995 profile picture

    Dun dun da, we have a winner, this is awesome.

    Edited June 18, 2012
  • muritaka profile picture

    DAMMM this is 1mb, good work! but hey you'll have a serious problem with admins, CGtextures are not swappables :/

    Written June 18, 2012
  • mofx profile picture

    Didn't even catch that thanks Muritaka, Zero4Mike you need to remove the cgtexture.com texture if it isn't already. Thanks

    Written June 18, 2012
  • Zero4mike profile picture

    Matthew, I had already removed the image file when I uploaded it the first time. The texture(M_scratches) that uses the Cgtextures.com image, is still in the blend but with out the image itself packed in the blend, it is useless. I only mentioned it on the description if others wanted to use the same texture from Cgtextures.com that I used. Please let me know if I am violating anything from the agreement. Thanks.

    Edited June 18, 2012
  • gregzaal profile picture

    Really great model! To be honest, I was initially a little disappointed when I opened the file and it was just the head, but still, really great modeling, thanks for sharing!

    Edited June 18, 2012
  • Zero4mike profile picture

    Hello Greg, like I said the lack of references was really holding me back from actually finishing the whole robot. Simple sketches from snapshots wasn't that much of a resource. Thanks. ;-)

    Edited June 18, 2012
  • vAonom profile picture

    Bumblebee!!! Are you kidding me! Thumbs up!

    Written June 18, 2012
  • irokrhus profile picture

    Any1 could tell me two things? First why when i render 1 frame in jpeg or something else by clicking render image, after everything it doesn't shows and second thing when I want to swap in the cycles render engine to render by GPU, its rendering but it doesn't show any textures at all only black colour instead of it. Please help. Thx.

    Written June 18, 2012
  • Zero4mike profile picture

    Hello Irokrhus, I don't quite understand your first issue but this scene is made in Blender Internal and rendering it in Cycles will not yield the same result. Try rendering it in Blender Render...it should work! :)

    Edited June 18, 2012
  • irokrhus profile picture

    this is not an issue related to ur model which is awesome. I've problems with it for the long time. There are two options what we can render: we can render our model by animation or by an image. The second option after rendering doesn't shows the final rendered file idk why.

    Written June 18, 2012
  • CopperStache profile picture

    Well, have you tried setting the internal nodes to cycles nodes? I believe that internal materials do not work in cycles.

    Written June 19, 2012
  • irokrhus profile picture

    is it very complex to do this, because idk how to do this ;p

    Written June 19, 2012
  • aquila profile picture

    O.O cara voc

    Written June 18, 2012
  • mofx profile picture

    Thanks for the clarification Mike. Should all be good.

    Written June 18, 2012
  • Neubi profile picture

    Look great. Nice Job...

    Written June 21, 2012
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  • brendas1963 profile picture

    Favorite create another account.......................................................................................................................................favorite again................................repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat !!!

    Written June 26, 2012
  • ProEverything2.0 profile picture

    Have you done that 1963 times? And yeah I do that too lol

    Edited January 13, 2013
  • Leonardo yacob profile picture
    Leonardo yacob

    simply awesome

    Written September 23, 2012
  • RandomPickle97 profile picture

    Looks BEAUTIFUL :'D How is it only 1MB!?!?! Amazing job!

    Edited December 21, 2012
  • Zero4mike profile picture

    Simply because all of the textures are procedural, blender generates them.

    Written December 22, 2012
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  • jorge DVM profile picture
    jorge DVM

    great work 1 MB

    Edited December 29, 2012
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    Written February 15, 2013
  • himalay profile picture

    dude...the link isn't working....really wana see ur creation. :(:(

    Written March 19, 2013
  • hareece profile picture

    BOOOOOOOM!!!! The finest ever... really love this.. ><

    Written September 09, 2013
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  • darbone profile picture

    it's perfect nice share thankyou so much

    Written April 10, 2014
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  • Boobu12 profile picture

    God bless Ethiopia too brother.

    Written October 04, 2020