Reference provided in class. Modeled in Maya by Kyle Horne 2023.
Hi, it's been a long time since I made anything so I am retaking Model Creating Course from Full Sail University this month. Here are the first 2 weeks of work.
So decided to audit another course Shading and Lighting for Full Sail Online. learning Arnold Render inside of Maya, Scene and composition provided just changed a few settings for the first assignment. 34 min render on a AMD FX-8350
My images look like an early AI seeing a blurred view of the world.
Did 2/3 days so far, just practicing out loud, Setting up the workspace, messing with tools. Essentially spilling the paint.
It has been an off-year for me artistically. I have done a contract but did not finish another one, due to the lack of payment for the hours worked. I started up Guildwars2 again and realized why this series is my favorite of all time. It'ts the exploration of the maps and zones and the immersive nature of the games. Probably why I chose environment art. Why I went to school 13 years ago, was to create these worlds and not just experience them.
ArenaNet, Vigil, Games, Bungie, Bioware, Epic, and other developers to name a few were some true inspirations of mine, where I wanted to just exist in those 3D worlds. Having the fundamental basis of knowledge of 3D and a degree is nice, but the practice of treating work like an MMO upgrading and leveling up, getting new gear (Hardware) grinding work for gold, etc there a lot of parallels to the real world.
Who knows what the future will bring, I love the fall season, Happy Inktober!
Well, We are almost a quarter done with the year at the end of this month. A lot of family, homeownership stuff has been the focus of my time lately. I have also played too many games while testing cloud gaming on Google Stadia, Amazon Luna, and GeForce Now. What that made me think of is a cloud-based platform for game development. I know this stuff exists for rendering, but I want to be able to make material in substance and levels in Unreal without breaking the bank to upgrade to the latest hardware.
I just heard of Incredibuild https://www.incredibuild.com/ unsure what is out there to enable cheap people like me to use high power GPU and CPU in the cloud to make games. Update * just heard of Shadow https://shadow.tech/
Alright now have internet and PC setup minus some monitors and drawing tablet I'm almost ready to make some 3D again.
I've had to put a pause on 3D due to a Home Search, I plan to take more classes next year in 2021 once everything is settled. 4 Classes with Full Sail Online as a post-grad auditing courses. Come on 2021 be a good year for all of us please!
WIP* Modeling a Pillar in Maya and Zbrush. So far have the undamaged version mainly done minus the smoothing errors on the top part of the cylinders.
Today, I started my second course of the year after a month break to work on my skills, and develop a Unity game. I have been exploring Substance Painter, Unity, and re-learning Zbrush, to get back into the Game Art Pipeline. Some things that I learned recently are:
Trim Sheets - used to source one texturing for multiple game assets for modularity.
Mitmapping - Use for Level of Detail (A new term for me)
Understanding the purpose of a Hero asset vs. a Prop. (One is purpose-built, the other is modular) Making things in 3D similar to how they are manufactured in there real world. (Not making the mistake of merging verts for separate parts, but rather mesh combine. Some recent challenges were getting Dynamesh Swiss cheese and using inflate and pinch brushes to fix holes and add thickness to a one-sided,hollow model.
I am using an XP-Pen really small tablet monitor. The screen space is so tiny and without a stand, it's not practical to use, so I draw on it and have it control my larger monitor. I do miss my wireless Wacom Pro Small with multi-button right-click, and backlit keys. I improvised some stickers to better find the buttons. The tools are not as important as the work that is done. But sometimes the name brand is the way to go. Anyways I am ready to go again, and learn some 3D!