Hello, next member of the game has been uploaded the and page is ready.
Here is a preview of the 3d view of it and a few more previews.
Hello, I am getting the work uploaded bit by bit, so now, I have a link to my page for all my portfolio work. https://www.artstation.com/sgtmus
I shall be posting all my finished work to the website, there is the link for Eric the zombie page, just after the artwork.
Here is a preview of one of the bits of work, in full 3d model. https://www.artstation.com/embed/7954731
18th October 2017
A while ago I modelled a skull for a goblet and didn’t get far with it, as I started sculpting the characters. However, after a long time, I decided to go back and fully finish it.
Here it is now with some texturing done to it, looking better as a Bloodshake.
So it looks almost like a real skull, however, I would like to think it’s one of that one that you buy at the Supermarket for Halloween, almost looks real, but it’s cheap and the teeth are were not added on purpose. If the skull as it becomes a problem and too dark, I’ll change the colour to a plastic looking type.
The base of the Goblet was done all through Quixel suite, just laid in the shapes and created some of the detail, I may add further detail, may add some funny ones. A fun thing to do get me back into texturing, I am a little gutted with the seems that I can see, however, I can fix that.
Looks quite red and lumpy, I may make it pink, looking closer to strawberry milkshake.
I like the skull and the colour of milkshake, I’m thinking it looks a little too dark as it is. I may make it friendlier to a younger audience.
The other time was spent with going through previously created texture maps, mainly sorting and checking textures for gaps.
20th October 2017
Zombie Expression posing time, got a few zombie selected and add expressions and choose which one I will be likely to use
I would like to use the one lying down, but sadly, I cannot, as the collar is messed up, If I can do something about it, I will.
While I had some time, I decided to do an arcade machine, really going to try and fit this in. A 1990’s arcade era cabinet and also a game from that period. Although I may add this in after.
Zombie at my window, I really must do the texture for the window.
Sadly as much as I’m happy posing them, there is a problem, some areas on the character get too distorted and I may not be able to use them. If I knew my rigging and skinning, I wouldn’t have this problem.
As I was unwinding I played around with the shots and have fun.
I like the above image shots of the zombie character, it gave me an idea a way to display the final characters from the game.
21st October 2017
Played around more today with the presenting the characters and had to try with Vampire and Alien, I’m almost there., Created a group shot of the team and they are not a team, I assure you, they are not.
Started to texture the arcade cabinet, happy so far with it, it still needs further work to be done on it to finish. I was going to create new artwork, however, for time, I used created artwork that I created for a friends birthday card. The screenshot is a placeholder for the moment.
Then dropped it into the test scene, yeah it works, now I need refine and finish it off tomorrow with extra details and some scuff marks.
Had to make a Caution sticker. I was thinking of adding a bit more extra detail to the edges of the screen, however, again I really must not, the deadline is looming. I would add it to the “It would be nice to have” list.
There are a couple of areas I would like to fix the lock and the insert coin slot area, it needs to be shrunk as it is a little big, but I have to move on as I have a deadline coming, I may go back to it if I have time. Again, there are times, you have to say, that it is done and move on.
A side note and something for the future, if this game ever got released, I would have the IMP, Doom text, and t-shirt image and replace it with something else as they are copyrighted. Also on the alien characters arms, there is a logo that is a nod to a Bounty Hunter that would need to be changed, I’ll let you figure who the logo belongs to.
Here is the full view of the arcade machine, I didn’t do detail on the back as no one is going to see it as the main focus is front and sides.
24th October 2017
A busy day sorting out the posed characters I wanted to use and put all of them into one file just to make them easier to work with.
Then, I started to add the characters into the Diner environment I created and to see how they looked like, I got carried away.
I like the first image below, I like the lighting and the characters reaction.
Another shot I like and works. You can see the entire Diner counter and almost everything I’ve worked on. It looks good full of customers and the Alien who is not happy with the wrong order of Rotting sandwiches.
And a shot from the other end of the Diner. For now, it has the same three characters in different poses bringing the Diner to life. Hopefully, with the next batch of characters I get around to making and adding, will break the repetition into a colourful looking cast of creatures.
The last few days have been frustrating, to say the least, I am so nearly at the end of the project and trouble is getting to me. The original idea was to have a corner slice of the Diner with the character sitting with their meal, they really not work, I rebuilt a few variations of the environment and lost focus on the characters and got too busy.
I got annoyed, frustrated and started to get stressed. I put too much pressure on to myself to get it done. So I took a small break from it and went back to the drawing board. On the next attempt, I built the scene with a minimalist approach, I stripped the background out and just had the focus on the character at the table with their meal.
Here is none choppy preview, actually it is a choppy preview.
3rd October 2017
Took a little time setting up took some time to do and here they are with expressions too. Going to do the same to the zombie and vampire next.
So many poses to chose from. There are a few expressions in there I like.
Close-ups of the alien heads with expressions. Posing them was fun, giving expressions even greater fun.
That alien is laughing too much, I must make him laugh less, actually on seconds thoughts, I am going to keep it.
I can’t not help and look at the grumpy alien on the left.
Next step as I said is to do the other two characters and get this finished this week and I’ve just realised that I need to texture Aliens mouth.
4th October 2017
Illustration of CRISPY FRIED HANDS bucket box moved on to create more food packaging. Had an itching to do, it’s all family-friendly, it’s all chicken, made to look and taste like hands, zombies don’t and for all the family to enjoy, I may come back to it to make a second pass to the branding.
Out of all the environment props, I had modelled and textured early on was the Diner sign and this is where it was left before I returned back to it.
The recent changes made were to reduce the polycount of the model of wasted faces, one main area had reduced polycount was the light bulbs and reduced the polycount of Neon Arrow, happy to say the changes were not noticeable, then worked further on the texture added rust and worn look for it.
6th October 2017
Reworked the sign base texture detail as it was a little too much rust showing, added a bit more surface detail like bolts and edge join, next step is to change the come back soon sign.
On second thoughts I have something to do on the reverse of the Diner sign, a warped version of the front side. The duality of good and bad and rework the come back soon image.
7th October 2017
More work on the sign and wall, I reduced the Diner sign polycount further, the face now is less curvy and it has sharper teeth. Added the back arrows bit and the distorted version didn’t really work and reworked the ‘Comeback soon’ sign into a newer one.
Made some changes and much better for the back version, kept the eyebrow.
Now with added Zombie.
And still with the hiding alien.
Gave the exterior wall texture another pass, added dirt and grime to age it a little, the surface was too flat and didn’t have much surface noise, now has surface noise.
Looking alright, I don’t want to work on it too much and as it is good.
Opened the original Diner scene and had a couple of issues with some of the areas, the new wall textures looks stretched on one of the meshes indicated by the arrow, I drew arrows, why do did I do that, I won’t do that again. The problem with the textures are fixable and will get around to that, and those pavement slabs look a wee too big, I don’t like the edges too, I will go and fix them too.
11th October 2017
Got back to the Vampires and been busily posing them with a few busy days with the pack of vampires, just like the alien, the vampires poses were created.
This side view of the pack of vampires does look pretty hypnotic.
Now a Zombie plague of poses, hade fun with these. Now Ingot to give them expressions.
Then dropped into Marmoset, again it’s hypnotic.
Now, the sign has a few of the zombies and vampire poses.
My favourite pose, the Fonz pose.
The Diner Sign, now with more monsters on it, I’m happy with that lighting and sure I’ve broken rules regarding lighting, shush, don’t tell anyone. I’m really enjoying creating strong coloured lighting to the environment and props, this is down to my like for Neon lighting in Hong Kong and Bladerunner, I like how the neon lighting bleeds onto other surfaces and influences the environment and scene. Hopefully, I can do more neon lighting with other props and in projects.
Superhero landing with Zombie had to share that, playing around with stock animation.
Gave the exterior pavement another pass and much happier with it. The pavement slabs before looked too big and clean. This time added some cracks to break up the clean look and made sure the edges are hardened and that yellow tint was removed….what was I thinking
Gave another pass on the background prop of the Peterbilt truck, added detail to the Normal map, just to make it look interesting and helps to improve its look.
The truck is good For a low poly background from mid to distance object, it’s good, for close up, it’s not good for that and it won’t hold up.
As an environment prop, I do like it. Adding the decal artwork to it does help with the look. Normal maps make so much difference to the model with fake 3d detail.
There was further work on tweaking the older textures and that they needed a bit of an update, like the table texture, one of the first things may have textured and it needed.
With each art pass on all the asset, it’s looking better and better.
Further work was done trimming down and cleaning the polycount on some of the props and others needed to be fixed with theirs. Some of the props polycount where a little high and considered wastage, the challenge was to reduce them without it being noticeable and as far as I can see, I think I was successful.
12th October 2017
The last few days have been, sorting and fixing the poly meshes/model, additionally with texture amendments. Some of the model’s polycount where reduced and cleaned up, then, followed by a day of exporting all the modular poly meshes and props, each had to be checked for issues with its meshes and UVs, their names. A couple had a few resetting issues with their world space locations and thankfully easily fixed.
It’s a slow process, but it has to be done as it keeps it all clean and in order. So far a total of 250 assets have been exported and still counting, a mix between props and modular parts, there is a few more left, but, I’m almost done.
That is the Diner, all in parts and ready to be put together again in a game engine.
My next texture work was on the Diner interior wall, the interior needs another pass to refine it, some of the detail doesn’t look great and it doesn’t look as good next to the rest of the environment updates and as this is the main area for the game and it really needs work look good close up. There are cracks are too big and little over the place, the wood panel needs a bit of work, the tile parts at the bottom look good, I may need to do dirt map for the edges and joins…. I really cannot remember what the proper name is for that, got its called a cavity map.
13th October 2017
Spent a bit of work this evening with texturing the wall and I’m happy with that. Added some surface details of scratches and dents may take down a little.
Going to play around with the details of the edge panels and bolts and the reflectivity of the surface.
15th October 2017
Electric power poles had to go back to these as the power cable is a little too shiny, I will need to rectify that. The original version of the cables where full 3d objects, these ones are just plains, saving a lot of poly count.
Electric Power Pole, had to rework the textures as they were not great and reduced the polycount further on them. I’m happier with the detail on them.
The Arizona rocks low poly version look ok, however, they are going to be used for distance object, so they should be fine. But, thinking about it, I have an idea and I may do something else, the longer I look at them, the lesser the fan of them.
17th October 2017
Been playing around with the textures, well, gave them another pass for the canyon rocks, sorted out the UV and mesh as well.
Exported and dropped the assets into the Marmoset to check how they look and the look good.
They look cartoonish and not a lot of detail all using one texture map. however, again these will be used for distant objects and they’ll be good enough for that, close up I can get away with that. If the Diner was on the top or next to the Canyon rocks, they would be higher detailed, however, as it is going to be used for distant objects, I am going to keep them simple.
Hell of a time with this rigging.
25 September 2017
Been working away with rigging, what a few days of heads and pain. It’s been one of those weeks, of such slow progress. The models were uploaded to Mixamo to get automatically rigged, then they were dropped into Maya, funky things happen with that as giant handles appear. They’re not supposed to be that big.
The Alien mesh was auto rigged with Maximo and I thought I’d share the result, suffice to say it was not supposed to go like that, the results made me laugh too much…. I’m still laughing.
With the alien rigging, I really got to rethink how to do the rigging properly, I’m still learning the plugin that I started to use with the zombie. Yeah, still getting my head around rigging, something I never did before and I would really like to have a better understanding and the ability to rig models with ease.
Took more screenshots of the alien rig.
Still can’t get over the rig and still makes me laugh. I’ll get back to the Alien soon.
With the Zombie, I had the time to drop them onto a scene in Marmoset all posed differently, so be prepared for loads of images to look at. For now, I am going to use Mixamo for the character rigging, I really want to get my work finished and up. Mixamo is a good solution, for now, it’s not the best, but to get a rig up fast and posed it’s good for that, however, making your own rig is better for advanced controls. The last time I used Mixamo, was just before it becomes a paid service a few years ago. But, by luck at the end of August, it became free to rig and get stock animation which is good for starting out.
Attack of the Night of the Eric Dead, having one model rigged and created many poses to drop into the scene.
I couldn’t resist doing more of the Zombie and Vampire in the same shot, this is mostly to see how the characters look posed and putting them together to see how it looks. The Vampire looks evil, but I assure you, he is a nice chap.
With the next scene, had fun putting the characters into a test scene from parts of the Diner, to see how all of it looks together, from grinning vampire, concerned and angry zombie.
Nothing unusual about this shot, I assure you, nothing unusual in the background of the vampire lying on the table.
Honestly, it looks like a heated meeting in the Diner, I like this shot.
I dropped the Lonely zombie into the Diner scene I built early on the year and it looks good.
Zombie alone, contemplating the next meal that is not a human. The Zombie is a former monster, like the others, he just wants his dinner.
A bit of a side thought, if I create a simple base for a zombie, I can create various zombie looks both male and female, however, it is something for the future and for now, I got to finish these off.
Additionally, I’m going to have to create dishes for The Zombie and Alien, the original version of the 2d game had meals and will make some in for the Diner, Crispy Fried Hands, a Metal Barrel with Radioactive stew and a Vampiric milkshake for the scene. Even though it’s a Diner it does have a secret Menu for the former Monsters.
28th September 2017
Had to find a solution to the alien rig. So I’m cheating, well-being smart, never work hard, just being fast and smart. I split the body from the shoulder pads, air vents and backpack, with the remaining part of the body, it got rigged and posed, it was then put back together, not ideal, however for now it works.
There are a couple of problem areas that are easily rectified next time. They the tentacles and the cylinders around the elbows, they bend too much.
The next step was to tentatively drop the alien into the scene and yeah made a big impact on all of the work.
And well, I’m impressed and happy with with the results. A few problems here and there, but overall happy with it.
Staring at his meal.
The alien is happy with his meal. Ok, I may have overdone it a bit, shhh don’t judge, I got excited.
Before the Alien was dropped into the scene I created the Radioactive barrel, will do a bit more to it and it didn’t take long to do. The texturing was done in photoshop With Quixel, I referred back to an old 2d image of the barrel. I should try and use Substance, it’s small and simple enough to do it quickly in substance for practice and fully go Quixel.
Don’t have a name for the Radioactive goop, it looks deadly and dangerous, but in all honesty, it’s harmless and the display of it is for show and nothing more. A lot can be dished up when Diner owners know a little magic with cooking…. Still not good for human consumption though. In the original design document, it was the Radioactive goop, Doritos, İcecream Sunday and I’ll stick with them.
There is some clipping in the seat with the backpack, doesn’t fit onto the seat and his legs are short, so they hang off, which is funny, but the alien will be sitting on the Diner stools and I won’t worry about the backpack, although his feet will be dangling a bit.
It has been a tough few days getting things especially rigged, then posed, but with the stubbornness of refusing to give up had helped, I will go back to doing rigging properly, for now, I’m happy and relieved with the look of the characters coming together.
I want to spend a day creating poses for the characters and refining them, an additional day reworking some of the environment textures, some need tweaking and others need empty faces on textures filled. Another day remaining them all coherently from textures to mesh.
1st October 2017
A day of posing the alien and again I got carried away creating them. Mainly created a library of readymade poses and to see which ones worked and which ones didn’t.
For fun, I dropped the set of posed alien set into Marmoset,
Look pretty terrifying seeing that lot together, a convention of aliens.
Worked and made progress of the Revolution label for Barbara, still going to play around with it, as it’s too busy background, I may rework that and remove and reduce the business of the background, need to work on the text. I need to add more military gear or add more revolutionary images onto the image.
Hello all a quick post of work.
11th September 2017
In the evening started work on the next part of Barbara’s life as a bounty hunter. Reworked the commander Barbara picture into the bounty hunter. Really happy how it is turned out so far and another evening or two I will finish this one and I can move on to the next Barbara illustration. Now the eye patch is gone and replaced with a cybernetic eye, old scares have faded, new scares have appeared and this time with a slight smile.
Experimented more the tools, the Lighting brushstroke was warped with the warp tool into a curve. Used the same lightening artwork that was on Frank’s monster coffee artwork. I may do something with that lightning in the logo.
Went back to my 3D package today and with the new updates and it’s done a bit of a mess with the texture map paths, that’s cool, I’m going to have to spend a day sorting it out by cleaning, remaining, duplicates, and making sure it’s all organised. Additionally, the whole UI interface face has had an upgrade, going to need to do a refresh with that. Probably in a couple of days will be up to speed and then some. Right, time for some reading and working out the identities of the icons, it’s not worth complaining, I have Google, Youtube, tutorials videos, forums at my fingertips for when I get stuck and not to forget my stubbornness.
13th September 2017
Ok got back into the swing of things, a bit of odd start, some Hypershades did not work and I had to refresh myself with the new node stuff within the Hypershade menu, also getting the hang of some of the tools icons.
Got both the Vampire and Alien in, I’m going to get the Zombie in and then I will need to rig and pose them, I can’t have them in the portfolio posed like just as they are, I need to add personality to them and they look interesting and not be boring.
14th September 2017
18th September 2017
Further work on the label, I want to stop on this one I may change the colour of the badge, the colour is not working for me, just noticed a couple of things, the straps have gone missing.
Close up of the Bounty hunter glasses, I recycled unused artwork of the vampire character and made some changes.
I’ve been using Advanced Skeleton 5 plugin and watching very fast videos, the videos make it so easy to rig. But, they’re not, the videos are too fast and if you blink at the and wrong time place, a step has been missed. I’ve gone to watch multiple videos to get the hang of it and I am, but blimey, those videos go by so fast and catching those steps are tough.
Successfully got it rigged and this was Maya crashed….. So close and yet so far, back to square one for now and shake my head.
19th September 2017
Funky happening with hands, I am not giving up, it was a day of rigging, rerigging with watching videos and trying to work it out.
Really annoying that it’s not working and I can’t figure out why I am going to get it sorted and done. Had to go online and find a video tutorial that is slow.
I’m much happier and this time I saved the work in progress. Had odd things did happen with PC, it was playing up and things misbehaved, I don’t need that as I need to finish all this work.
Right bind the mesh to the rig, it worked, then the mesh moved with the rig…. Phew, to me that was a big step, as trying to get it to work has been frustrating and I’m glad it works. Looks like to me that his going into a Dance move.
There are problems with the skinning and that needs to be sorted out, they are stretching in the wrong places, they look awful and funny I need to figure out and fix.
Gave the character an expression and get away from the blank stare, further played with the face and pulled the tongue out.
Here is the side view of the zombies together and more view of the toilet, honestly, I grabbed the assets.
With the rigging, I got to remember that the model mesh has to be grouped and not combined as for the face won’t be able to rig the face details when it’s combined as it will treat everything as one asset instead of individual parts. Will do that for the next mesh.
In the evening I moved over to the badge/patch and the time I had I played around a little with the badge, better version and I shall keep that.
Happy with the finished version, now I must move onto the other labels.
Ok, so got it rigged with the new mesh option, ok, better, but I got some work to do. The legs didn’t connect, so I have some problem solving to do.
Arms up of course for being a zombie
Then, of course, there are odd shenanigans happening with the mesh, ho-hum, I’ll work it out. It’s not rigged properly, I need to add the hair and teeth to the rig, the eyes were added to the rig, so they moved.
A simple view of the zombie from the front.
Playing with the lighting, added emissive maps to the eyes, just having fun with them.