Ultimate Abstract Art

Cinema 4D & Octane Render

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I’ll be guiding you through the creation of 10 of my own artworks each covering a different technique and toolset within Cinema 4D. I’m including 10 project files, each one shows how the Artwork in each lesson was created. You can use these elements in your artwork or create your own.


This course was designed for beginners.


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What we cover in the course

Everything you need to know to create abstract art in Cinema 4D.

Abstract Art with Deformers​

We'll kick things off by creating Abstract Art with the Deformer tools in Cinema 4D. We'll look at most of the Deformers in Cinema 4D including the Spline Wrap, Twist, Taper and Bend Deformers.

2 Lessons
Abstract Art with Mograph​

Then we'll create Abstract Art with Cinema 4D's Mograph Toolset. We'll use the Cloner and the Voronoi Fracture and some more advanced deformers.

2 Lessons
Abstract Art with Dynamics​

Time to take it up a notch! In this section we'll create Abstract Art with Dynamic Simulation. We'll make objects interact with each other and dive into Rigid Body Dynamics and Soft Body Dynamics.

2 Lessons
Abstract Art with Cloth​

Our Abstract Art Journey doesn't end there, next we'll create 2 masterpieces with the Cloth toolset in Cinema 4D.

2 Lessons
Abstract Art with Free Plugins​

We'll then extend the capabilities of Cinema 4D and use 2 different free plugins to create some more complex Abstract Art.

2 Lessons
Bonus: Abstract Art Render Templates​

As a starting point for your own masterpieces, we've also included 2 template project files with lighting and rendering all set up for you! All you need to do is add your own Abstract Art designs and press render! The template work in Standard Cinema 4D and if you have the Octane Render plugin.

3 Lessons
Bonus: Octane SetupPost Production

We’ll composite our scene and add the finishing touches in After Effects.

1 Lesson

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Dave Bergin

Meet your course instructor.

Hey it’s Dave from CG Shortcuts! I’m a motion graphics artist now based in sunny Australia.

I’ve been working in the industry for 15 years, most of which was spent at various studios in London UK (I was lucky enough to do loads of travel as well!).

I’ve worked for brands like Disney, Fox, Porsche, American Express and more, mainly for UK, US and European clients.

I’m now freelancing and teaching right here at CG Shortcuts.com!

Student reviews

What people are saying

It gave me a clear understanding of how 3D stills and animation work.
I learned a ton from these videos even though I don't use C4D. It gave me a clear perception of how 3D stills and animations work. Thank you!

Hadeel Alharthi

Very fun way of learning C4D.
Fantastic set of tutorials. A lot of clever techniques and helpful tips. Very fun way of learning C4D. Thank you Dave for taking time to share the knowledge and skills.

Michał Matecki

The lessons are easy to understand.
I am a beginner and I really found it helpful a lot! Its more than a beginner level but it is also possible to follow it even without advanced experience in C4D. Examples are amazing, tips and tools are so useful. Great teacher and awesome course!

Marija Zivic

Probably the best series on abstract art currently available online.
I would say this is probably the best series on abstract art currently available online. Dave set up lesson progression at a great pace, and covers everything in detail!

Sam Zahir

Thank you for this course!
I have seen a lot of other tutorials most recently, but these are definitely the best! Well-structurized, short, step-by-step course. I love that the teacher keeps repeating something from one lesson to another, it makes the material stick in my head. I've learned a lot from this course and would recommend it to everyone who is already ok with basic functions and interface of Cinema 4D.

Maria Vecherya

Learning was easy.
Thank you Dave! You are very good at this I felt very confortable listening to you even though I am architect looking to use Cinema 4d in the best way possible.

Edd Capellan

Frequently asked questions

What will I learn in this course?​

This course is designed to level up your Cinema 4D skills as we cover different technique and toolset within Cinema 4D though creating 10 different artworks. By the end of this course you’ll have your own project and be able to create different variations of still and dynamic abstract art.

Where can I apply the skills I learn in this course?​

We cover many of Cinema 4D’s tools in this course including Deformers, Mograph, Dynamics, Cloth and the Free Dual Graph and Easy Chesterfield plugins. These skills can be used in all areas of your 3D work beyond what we create in the course.

What software do I need?​

All you need is the Maxon Cinema 4D (many of the techniques are achievable in older versions but Version 20 and above is recommended). Don’t worry if you don’t have it because you can download a free demo to start learning straight away! There is also a Bonus Lesson on setting up your renders with Octane for those that use this 3rd party plugin.

What plugins do I need?​

You don’t need any to complete this course. But there is a Bonus Lesson on Octane setup using the template Project file for those that use this plugin. We also discuss the Dual Graph & Easy Chesterfield plugin which are available for free.

What knowledge do I need to complete the course?​

A basic level of Cinema 4D should be fine for this course.

What will I get after enrolling?​

Lifetime access to the course videos (2.5 hours over 15 videos) , 10 Project C4D Files, 2 Template Render C4D Project Files, Several premade materials in Cinema 4D standard render and Octane Render and 1 resources PDF. You’ll also get access to our exclusive Student Group.

Is this course included in membership?​

It sure is, along with a bunch of other courses.

If I get a membership, how long can I access the course?​

You can access the course any time during your membership. If your subscription ends so will access to the course.

If I purchase the course is it mine to keep?​

Yep, if you purchase it (rather than subscribing) it's yours to keep!

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