To show how my 3D type can often start with brush pen calligraphy, I made this process video. I show the evolution from calligraphy to many iterations of sketches. I wanted to have add weight to the calligraphed word to make smooth, high-contrast, and chunky lettering. A lot of time was put into getting the curves just right. Once the sketch is done, I take it into Cinema 4D for reference as I model. I modeled it from scratch, not using any vectors or splines to inform the shape. Lastly, the model was rendered with Arnold render and color corrected in Photoshop.

Create 3d Wood Chunky Lettering by Noah Camp
Create 3D Wooden Lettering by Noah Camp