Making of The Kraken Bus

The Kraken Bus was the second vehicle I’ve modelled in my life, so as you can see it was quite of a challenge for me because I had so little experience in car modelling… and because I was planning to participate in the “Humster3D 2015 Vehicle Contest”, I wanted to make it a futuristic concept vehicle that can run at fast speeds, than can climb into a mountain and that can swim in the seas… I thought of a touristic bus to give people the ride of their lives. That time I began to draw some sketches of what I wanted the bus look like.

Futuristic concept of vehicle

Then I keep continuing making more sketches that gave me the idea how my bus will travel in every situation… that was when I thought of giving my bus some legs for the wheels.

Concept of bus with legs for the wheels

This is where the fun part began. The legs gave me more ideas of movement.

The legs gave me more ideas of movement

Now I began to model… I started on the tires… I created a simple cylinder and started shaping it… these could not be normal car or truck tires… they must be a combination of both.

Modeling bus tires

Then I modelled the rim and the first part of the first front leg…

Modeling of the first part of the first front leg

Now I keep continuing modelling the rest of the first front leg.

bus leg

Then I began modelling the second front leg… this one should be on the outside part of the first one so the both can rotate… the front one can rotate 270 degrees, while the back one can do it 360.

second front leg

Here are some test renders of this part… the human model is just for scale purposes…

some test renders

some test renders

Now I began copying all the remaining legs for a total of 8.

Kraken Bus legs

Now I began modelling the main part of the bus… all was done from a single Box then moving edges and points and applying a turbosmooth modifier.

Applying a turbosmooth modifier

At this point the full model was put together and I wanted to look like a Kraken (mystic giant octopus)… it could be more appreciated if watched from above…

looks like a Kraken

looks like a Kraken

Now I started playing with the materials until I got the result I wanted.

playing with the materials

playing with the materials

I made this render just to test the first materials… the where looking pretty nice but needed more work on them.

Test render

Now was the perfect time to rig the legs and the tires so they can rotate perfectly.

rig of the legs

Here is what it looks like in a test render.

test render

Now I began adding details and decals to the paint job.

adding details

adding details

This is when I decided to make the final scene on a race course so that you can see the Kraken Bus travelling at really high speeds… I just modelled part of the scene so that I can put the rest and more details in Photoshop.

Kraken Bus scene

This is the final scene fully rendered… the background and the trees were PNG images added in Photoshop… the light flares were created with “Knoll Light Factory”… I added some radial blur to the tires and some motion blur to all the bus, so it can give more realistic look of high speed.

final scene

Hector Suriel


My name is Hector Suriel. I’m an architect from La Vega, Dominican Republic. I’ve been in the 3D bussiness for around 10 years. I recently work as a freelance 3d artist. People hire me to model furniture and stuff that it’s difficult to find in the web or in any model library. Right now I’m dedicated to the car and vehicle modelling. You can see all my works in my facebook fanpage and in my Instagram account: @surielhector. You can contact me via Skype: arqsuriel.


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