And here we are with the second part of our candles W.I.P post!
A big amount of stuff has changed in the meantime between this and the first post, I dropped out the first candle concept I had in mind and decided to follow another direction, after a bunch of thoughts and tests on scene layout and optimization.
Even with a highly optimized geometry from Meshlab, a proper melted candle didn’t seem to be very friendly for realtime purposes, a single candle with some melting wax had about 1k triangles. For a single asset: OK, but for something that need to be scattered around a good amount of times? hmm, nope.
In the meantime, what I had discovered in my tests is that with subsurface scattering you could just stack several candles together and they would still look coherent, with an almost seamless transition between them, so I had the idea to model only the candles as a group of assets, and a bunch of melted wax set as a complement. This way I’d be able to create a scene with several melted candles together and stuff like that without the huge drawback of a performance, hit as we’ll just have extra geometry where we really need it. Continue reading →
Hey guys! I wrote an extensive guide about the next gen asset pipeline for my role at CGMasters, I hope I could clarify some doubts about the general pipeline of game art, and also show my general workflow when working in our current game, Arena:
Hey there timelapse voyeurs! For the first time in my life I decided to take guts to record myself doing some 3D stuff in a timelapse. I was really scared to be honest, this is some kind of nerd voyeurism, your freaks, but here we are, I got it!
Maybe you could learn something from my mistakes @ 15 fps
I’ll try to push myself into recording more timelapses like this one, if you guys like it. I’ll just need some more practice and time to get used to have a program recording all the crap I do without doing even more crap because of knowing it.
This ornament will be a (small) piece of the fence I’m making, maybe I’ll even record all the process of making this asset, from modeling to bake and then make a video series with them? Who knows!
A good amount of hours condensed in 8 mins, a bit too fast, but I’ll take note on this, anyway, Enjoy!
Puns apart, since I started to make game assets, Mudbox became a primary tool on my workflow. To be honest, I’ve only made a few game models so far, If you look into my portfolio you would see a bunch of high-poly renders that surpass the 5.000.000 poly count barrier, so this is really new for me, and I’m really LOVING it, every day it’s a new lesson, and I feel compelled to share with all of you the knowledge that I acquired, that’s the reason why I have made the earlier article on scanned assets, and I’ll be releasing a game pipeline article on CGMasters in a few days, so I’m really excited to share my adventures on the low poly world with you, and speaking of it, here’s a candle model I’m doing for our game, as my first environment in todo list is a Graveyard, how cool would it be to have some candles melting into the tombstones? That’s what I call mood, damn.
So I just started with a very ugly raw base mesh to work further on Mudbox. Continue reading →