Modelling and Rendering Techniques (Course Materials)

Lecture Monday 8:10 M-XII Exercise Tuesday 13:10 M-XII


No make-up exams will be given for missed tests. All the assignments should be turn in by the designated due date. To pass this course all the course requirements must be SATISFACTORILY completed > 30% of each problem set.

What you Need to Pass

  • Attend lessons. One missed +0 points. 2 missed 0 points, 3 missed 0 points, 4 and more is Fx.
  • Project and exercise (mandatory, 50 points).
  • Solve all homework problems (mandatory each one >=30%, 20 points)
  • Pass final term (mandatory, 10 points) You will need to solve several problems discussed during lessons.
  • Pass oral/written exam: (optional, +20 points) If you feel you are better, convince me !
  • Summary
    • Attendance = 0 or -100 (Fx)
    • Homework = +20..7 or +6..0 (Fx)
    • Project = +50..0
    • Mid term = +10..0
    • Final term = +20..0
    • Oral/written exam = +20..0
  • Grades
    • A = 92-100
    • B = 84-91
    • C = 76-83
    • D = 68-75
    • E = 60-67
    • Fx = 0-59

Oral Examination

To the oral examination all the above requirements must be SATISFACTORILY completed.

Materials to read

  • Michael Henle, "A Combinatorial Introduction to Topology"
  • J. O'Rourke, "Computational Geometry in C"
  • IA. T. Fomenko and T. L. Kunii, "Topological Modeling for Visualization"

Useful links

Lesson01 "Human visual system, Illusions"

Lecture notes: [pdf], Color theory: [pdf]

Reading(prepare 3 questions and the core idea of article): R. Ďurikovič and K. Kolchin. Physically-based model of photographic effects for night and day scenes, Journal of Three Dimensional Images, 3D Forum Society, vol. 15, No.4, pages 119-124, 2001. [pdf]

Lesson02 "Photographic Effects, HDR and Tone Mapping"

Lecture notes: [pdf]

Reading evaluation.

Lesson03 "Three dimensional modeling"

Lecture notes: [pdf]

Demo animation: R. Ďurikovič, K. Kaneda, and H. Yamashita. Dynamic contour: a texture approach and contour operations. The Visual Computer, 11(6), pages 277-289, May 1995. [pdf]

Lesson04 "Three dimensional transformations"

Lecture notes: [pdf]

Demo animation: R. Ďurikovič, K. Kaneda, and H. Yamashita. Imaging and modelling from serial microscopic sections for the study of anatomy. Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing, 36(5), pages 276-284, 1998. [pdf]

Lesson05 "Representation of solids"

Lecture notes: [pdf]

Midterm 1 + questions from the following articles.

Demo animation: Roman Ďurikovič, Silvester Czanner, Julius Parulek and Miloš Šrámek. Heterogeneous modeling of biological organs and organ growth. In book: Alexander Pasko, Valery Adzhiev, and Peter Comninos. LNCS 4889: Heterogeneous Objects Modeling and Applications. Springer Press, Berlin, 2008. [pdf]

Lesson06 "Functional representation"

Lecture notes: [pdf]

R. Ďurikovič. Growth simulation of digestive system using function representation and skeleton dynamics, International Journal on Shape Modeling, vol. 10, No.1, pages 31-49, World Scientific Publishing Company, Singapore, 2004.[pdf]

Lesson07 "Test (midterm) 2"

Demo animation: Roman Ďurikovič and Zuzana Kúkelová. Sketch-based modelling system with convolution and variational implicit surfaces, Journal of the Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Informatics, University of Saint Cyril and Metod Press, Trnava, Slovakia, vol. 4, No.1, pages 101-108, 2008.

Lesson08 "Computational topology of polygonal surfaces"

Lecture notes: [pdf]

Demo animation: Y. Wakabayashi and R. Ďurikovič. Modeling bonsai tree using positional information, Joint Convention Record of Tohoku Chapter of the Electrical and Information Engineers, No. 2I19, Yonezawa, Japan, pages 341, 2002.[pdf]

Lesson09 "Applied computational topology"

Lecture notes: [pdf]

Solving problems 7P 1~7

Lesson10 "Surface classification via topological surgery"

Lecture notes: [pdf]

Lesson11 "Surface classification via topological surgery II"

Lecture notes: [pdf]

Solving problems 8P 1~4

Lesson12 "Aliasing, Antialiasing"

Lecture notes: [pdf]

Lesson13 "Last lecture"

Final exam!


guide: Adam Riečický

Monday 16:30 I-H6

The exercises will be focused on practical approach of modelling and rendering using Blender. Evaluation consists of three individual projects covering exercised topics. Also, a short presentation from selected topic will be required from each student.


20p - Attendance ( 10x2p )

45p - 3D Modelling Project ( 3x15p )

35p - Presentation (compulsory)

EXCERCISE00 "Introduction"


EXCERCISE01 "Blender Basics"


  • Assigning presentation topics
  • Introduction to Blender, workspace, 3D view manipulation, objects and their transformations,
  • For help see Blender Shortcuts and Controls pdf

EXCERCISE02 "HDR and Mesh Modelling Fundamentals"


  • Find Simpsons 1/3 rule in a book at page 104
  • Mesh edit mode, mesh manipulation

EXCERCISE03 "Mesh Smoothing and Modifiers"


  • Smooth/Flat shading vs mesh subdivision
  • Mirror and Subdivision surface modifiers

EXCERCISE04 "F-Rep, CSG and Curve modelling"



  • Assignment of homework: [pdf]
  • Deadline is monday lesson 7.11.2016
  • RGB to HSL color space conversion:
    • read more about color spaces in book (e.g. Moderní počítačová grafika)
    • use RapidTables website for online conversion and formulas (detailed calculation)


  • Deadline is 13.11.2016 23:59

Select and create 4 models using the techniques we’ve learned.

Models: light bulb, vine glass, mug, bottle, candle holder, table, chair, corkscrew, lamp, screw, book

Compulsory techniques: extrusion, loop cutting, curves, boolean modifier


  • Find reference photos and use them as a template
  • Use subdivision surface and smooth shading to produce more realistic results.

Mesh complexity and realistic looks will be rated. Screenshots of modelling process are required.

Use Screenpresso to capture your progress regularly (every change). Pack unmodified screenshots and .blend file with all finished models, each on separate layer, into an archive (zip/7z/rar).

Send the archive to

EXCERCISE05 "Materials and Lights"

  • Find and use free models from TF3DM website
  • Light types and their properties
  • Material properties and shading methods

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