Synoptic Project – Creepy sitting room concept

This blog is updating you, the viewer on the current progress of this practice synoptic project called ‘Imagine worlds – world of verts’.

Me and my group have made considerably large progress over the past weeks; within first week we had pretty cluttered up room but we kept adding more to our Trello list and this was because we wanted more in our scenes. Continue reading “Synoptic Project – Creepy sitting room concept”


Elements of a storyboard – Star wars Return of the Jedi (ROTJ)

In Star Wars Return of the Jedi (ROTJ), George Lucas follows in the concept of the ‘Heroes adventure’.

Concepts like this are easily applied to storyboards to make them seem more appealing to a reader’s perspective making it easy to follow the story and also make it visually easier obviously because it’s a storyboard.

The main concept of star wars ROTJ goes as follows:


The starting minutes of the movie shows an introduction into the ongoing conflict between the rebels and empire on the planet Hoth. Luke is on patrol checking the outer perimeter, until he is all of a sudden stranded in the snowy wilderness.


With Luke Skywalker being the main protagonist on the film, he seems to be introduced as yet again a normal soldier.

Han Solo, Chewbacca & princess Leia continue with their efforts but create a story of their own emotionally which develops later in the story timeline.


Luke Skywalker is battling a new enemy alongside his main rival Darth Vader to save his friends and gain triumph over the Empire.

Han solo and Princess Leia show hints of Love for each other and furthermore, team up with other branches of the Rebel Alliance to finally seek an end to the emperor and the Dark Side of the force.


Alphas, colour & normal – Substance Painter

When I open up substance painter, I get all my default assets such as: Brushes, Alphas, grunge, procedurals etc..

But what if I want something more, something accustomed towards that object?

Take the grandfather clock for example…


Not much of a clock without the layout of a clock on the front, right?

Well it was possible thanks to the power of Photoshop. Now when I consider the advantages of Substance painter, it takes out the tedious task of having to re-update texture maps and then re importing them over and over again. I can now make brushes with Photoshop that I can import into Substance Painter making the whole process so much easier.

How to import textures into substance painter:

‘Open Substance Painter’

  1. Select the Import resources button in your shelf.    Import
  2. In the pop up box, click ‘Add resources’   .Import_Button
  3. Select you files which you want to import.
  4. Apply your textures to a specific category


and finally import.

The textures you have imported should then be in your shelf under project.


Baking textures – Substance Painter

The baking feature on most modelling software’s work in a different way, take maya for example…

In Maya, the baking process requires you to move all of the separate objects away from each other in 3D space to prevent overlapping AO maps (Ambient occlusion maps), the question you may ask if you are new to this is.

‘What is ambient occlusion?’
Ambient occlusion is where shadows are usually shown, for example

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As you can see, the crevasses between the tiles on the ceiling have shadows alongside the panel above the light. This is a visual representation of how shadows are shown naturally.

In substance painter, the same principle is applied to the models that are exported. This photo of a Turtle model below shows the model without ambient occlusion added to it, looking at the model closely you can see where shadows should naturally be…

Within the shell, under the arms, corners of the eyes and the crevasses between its toes.

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Drawing In dimensions – Google Sketch-up

Today’s blog is introducing us into the world of both art & 3D modeling/design…

3D Sketch_up

Google sketch up is a 3D modeling software that can be used like any other similar acting software yet is holds specific characteristics which make it more artistically related. Firstly, I imported a Mansion model of which I could place into a 3D environment and render out different angles with real-time views.

After placing my camera where I wanted it to be, I then changed the style (Filter) of my camera from a simple mesh like look to maybe a pencil sketch filter, shadow added filter

… let me show you.

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Watercolour filter


Besides the pretty filters, Google Sketch-up can be a very important tool for digital concepts. If I was to export this and move it over to Photoshop, I would then apply another layer and draw over the image making it easier to create scenes in addition to this there would be no need to re-create an entirely new scene as I can render a new perspective from within Google Sketch-up.

I have placed some current sketches below to show how easy it can be to sketch up an entire scene…

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Rule of thirds

Now the reason I have placed a rule of three in the composition is because I am currently learning about how to create the way a story is told from within an image. How to make the audiences eyes move to where you want them to move, for example…

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In this example, I’m trying to show how the photos composition in the rule of thirds view explains how the eye can be lead from one point of interest to the other. The helicopter on the left is swooping throughout the image with vibrant colours the eyes should follow the direction towards the next point of interest which would obviously be the ship.

My specialism in Next-Gen Year 2 & Synoptic Project

The first week is coming to an end and we are being told about the entirety of the course and that includes the practice and real synoptic projects where we are all in groups to develop either a game, VFX piece or an interactive environment.

We have chosen the ‘world of Vert’s’ challenge where we make an entire environment alongside a playable character, we now have a solid Idea alongside a 5-team and boy its turning out to be better than expected.

Continue reading “My specialism in Next-Gen Year 2 & Synoptic Project”

A touch of colour – Substance painter


After previous tries on substance painter at home, I finally got a proper intro for hoqw to find my way through the app…

Starting with the default character that Substance painter has placed in I got to grips with assets such as masks, brushes & rendering in PBR ‘Physically based rendering’. As the class were going through the steps, I thought I would Launch a model of my own and see what it would look like in the rendering mode

‘clicks F10’…

s you can see, the PBR takes into account the different maps that has been applied as shown below…

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Substance painter is a great way of easing the texturing section of the modelling pipeline, and by substance keeping all technical peripherals such as ‘Roughness, specular, metal, normal & height’ there is no need to rely on external applications such as Photoshop unless its to alter a brush and make it a .png file format, this is something I had done on the same day with a clock face texture which I am thinking about applying to this model.

Clock – Man