Sunday, May 5, 2013

Done, done and...done?

It's kind of weird, but think I've finished this project... Hooray! All the progress images, PDFs, presentations and renders have been painstakingly collected (special thanks to Maya for crashing every ten minutes at four in the morning <3) and updated, and I think it's all good to go.

This project has been a lot of fun and I've enjoyed it SO MUCH. The visuals are right up my street and the cuteness of it all has made it a very positive project to work on. I think I set out to do what I wanted, which was to improve my 3D skills to the point where I can generate my own assets for game prototypes. I created lots of 2D placeholder art at Blitz when we didn't have an artist, which obviously was a huge help, and I'd like to think I'd be able to do the same thing with 3D assets now. Overall I'm quite pleased with this project (if I might say so myself...); I've improved tons and had a lot of fun. 

Sooo, unless anything major comes up, this is me signing off! As an extra cute way of ending this blog, here's a little jackalope baby:
Dawwwh. :)

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Otters everywhere

Otter steps:
I sketched this on paper; something I don't do enough. It's always so much easier...

Some reference images:
I'll obviously hand all this in, but I figured I'd post it here too just for the sake of it.

Foxes in fall

I wanted to do something autumny and something with a fox, and this is I ended up with. I like it! The whole keeping-it-loose-and-lovely thing went out the window pretty quickly though... OH WELL. I'd like to think it's still charming, just in a different way.

Some steps (huge image; right click and choose "view image" to view a bigger version):
And some reference images:
How GORGEOUS is that illustration from Fantastic Mr Fox?! Gaaah...

I'm going to post some steps and references for the otter image next. I have a bunch of refs and WIPs lying around; just haven't gotten around to putting them on a little sheet yet.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Degree show banner

I decided to include this project in my banner for the degree show! Ta-daa:
I need another render of the bunny in the lower right to match the angle in the concept, and I might add the third little diorama once I manage to finish it. But I quite like it, I think.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Otters with rainbow tails

Otters are playful, social creatures who want to live near water with plenty of fish. Plant reeds and other lakeside plants to make the otters feel at home and settle in your land!

I really need to learn to loosen up when I draw; I'm too careful and slow. This one took waaaayy too long for the amount of time I have left, bah :( Will do my bestest to keep the next one quick and sketchy, like the drawing from the powerpoint presentation.

I've also updated the PDF today, and the newest version can be found here.

Sleep time now, zzz...

Monday, April 29, 2013

Scene improvements (I hope!)

I've made a bunch of changes to my lil' scene today, hopefully to the better!

I have...

- Stolen the jackalope's flowers and scattered them around the scene.
- Changed the tree to make it look more elegant; the trunk is neater and the foliage has been rearranged, re-coloured and gifted with some transparency. I also added some falling "leaves" in the air and on the ground.
- Wrestled with Maya to add a ramp shader to the hill. It also has a paper texture overlaid on top.
- Created and textured some leafy fabric plant things to give the scene some more interest.
- Desaturated the bear a little bit, and went over it with a speckled brush to break up the solid colours.
- Added a third stone texture.
- Made some general layout improvements.

I also put some paper textures on top of that render; quite liking the result...

Next I want to make some nice renders of the creatures to go in the PDF.

Oh, and the bunny render issue seems fine now? No idea what's going on there. Oh well.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Environment drawing

With title...

...and without. Not sure about the tagline. Hmm.
And some progress:
Phew! Stumbling into bed now...