How to Model Cattails

How to Model Cattails

Cattails or bulrushes are found along the edge of many waterways.  They are easy to model from scratch and adding the flower heads makes a huge difference.

We’ve already looked at modelling reeds (you can see that here) but now we are looking at modelling the flowering stem – the bulrush or cattail.  These start off brown and quite compact and as they ripen they become paler and fluffy before eventually shedding their seeds on the wind.  I’ve chosen to model the brown firm stage as it is the first image that springs to mind when I think of cattails.

The Real World

Cattails
Cattails
Cattails
Cattails
Cattails
Cattails
Bulrushes
Bulrushes
Bulrushes
Bulrushes

The Final Result

This is what my bulrushes look like in my existing reed bed:

Final Cattails
Final Cattails
Final Cattails
Final Cattails
Final Cattails
Final Cattails

Index

00:08 The Real World
00:28 Method
09:03 Final Result
09:33 Mini Kathys
11:49 Close

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