Making ends meet

I am contributing this entire blog towards the creation of the 3D interactive menu for my imagine worlds project.

And the reason for this is because of what I figured out throughout the development stage of the buttons. I couldn’t understand that my imported graphics would not show at a full resolution. Instead was pixlated and fuzzy, therefore I had to seek out an alternate solution to make this menu.

‘What about 3D?’

So I looked into making 3D buttons where the materials will not bring down the resolution of the button graphics. Coming across a video that explained clearly how to achieve this but there was a brick wall ahead…

Although I though…

Going back a few steps, the unity forums held the answer ‘Can JavaScript & C# be used in the same scene’

JavaScript for Menu Button functionality

#pragma script

car QuitButton : boolean = false;

function OnMouseUp ()

{

if(QuitButton) {

Application.Quit ();

}

else

{

Application.LoadLevel (“DWU_4.7”);

}

}

So after writing this script, it was applied to the 3D planes mimicking the buttons, and classified them as play, credits & quit buttons. To make them therefore work in connection with the Button script.

The image below gives a visual representation of what I’m trying to achieve by doing this…

Buttons

Plane

Next was the animation, and this was quite familiar as the timeline keying features were like them of Maya. It was just a method of selecting the object you intend on animating, then to the animation box and moving the object into place to therefore build the animation. This is how I completed the animation for the menu transitions.

Menu Animation

 

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Imagine Worlds project Update

This is an overall summary of the past 8 weeks, versions have been made with improvement to; character interaction, Sound and obviously graphics.

My biggest struggles throughout the project has been the programming; on the bright side, I have been trying to grasp the more common features of programming by looking through YouTube videos, Unity script references and even my own written code and seeing if there is any similarity between what I have done and trying to do.

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Technical and creative Model & Workflow of 3D modeling

I have left this blog till later on so I can therefore add more to it such as images, renders, close-ups, and reference photos.

My choice for technical Model is a Cosmic 35 USSR point and shoot camera that according to a blog written by ‘Tim Irving’ suggests that this camera is to avoided by all costs.

This camera stood out for me as it had so much character, age and also had some use to it and this was such an advantage to me as it also gave me much more to work with and experiment throughout the workflow.

Speaking of the workflow, I have to delve into that prior to going to the creative … stuff.

Firstly the low poly model on maya was quite simple as I planned forward and used a blocking method to shape out the camera, when I say this; I mean that get the closest shape to what the actual camera should be like so later on I can move into the modeling and keep check on what my borders are with this model.

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Later I went through with the low modeling keeping the simple shapes then modling, stretching & beveling them out to therefore get the shape I want it to be or the way it needs to be to become the closests to the real Life object.

Later I started on the High poly model, and to do this I started both beveling the edges that were neccessary or either creasing the edges as a secondary option. This can work but it may mess with both the ambient occlusion and the world space normals in Substance painter.

Now its the creative and cool stuff…

Camera_WholeCamera_Top_Finished

I will be adding to this blog later, going further into what I did to create this work of digital art. How easy it is to accomplish with the right tools and how to get the right composition whilst rendering alongside the effects in different renderers.

 

 

Decals and adding characteristic detail…

Going further into substance painter, I have suddenly come to the thought of actually adding detail to my models to give them that more realistic outlook to who ever is viewing it.

Let me start with a dustbin…

wesco-pushboy-bin-turquoise.1461203180Now to the untrained and simplistic eyes to an everyday consumer, this is a household Dustbin. But to the more detailed eye of someone like an artist or modeller alike, you may see the details which are peppered on the surface such as how the metallic lid stands out from the top but also curves into the shape of the upper bin lid. Followed by the slight indent of the word ‘PUSH’ placed on the board. Finally the Scarlett red logo standing out from blue coating the bin shows the make of the bin and what kind of style it may be trying to imply.

How is this done?

Let me show you via substance painter and Photoshop in synergy with each other to create something which looks quite bleak and then add the realism to further give even a bin a slight hint of coolness.

These alpha maps which were created in either Photoshop & Illustrator combined to create the crisp decals which were applied to the models later on as normal, height maps, or simple color maps.

Bin_2

This Bin which was followed from the concept that I have placed above has already been given the TLC it needs in a completely different way. Apart from giving this assets beautiful glistening metals, instead I have added some rust, dirt and more importantly … DECALS!

Like I mentioned before, like the reference above I have used the ‘PUSH’ decal created in Photoshop, and applied it onto the lid of the bin as a height map and changing the parameters inside to convert it from on outer dent into an inner dent.

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”

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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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.

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