I’m here to explain about concept art, a very important process as it is the beginning of any idea. It strongly implies that the idea is visually possible to imagine and create just as characters are visually imagined by J.K Rowling.
My choice of concept art is from Bioware’s art director for dragon age inquisition Matthew Goldman, his work in my opinion shows immediate structure of his art and in addition; How he tells the story in his pieces.
This is a rare blog for me to write, and that’s because if you’re used to reading my blogs. It has been packed with subjects relating to my many years on game design at college.
Anyway, it’s about time I recap on how far I’ve come in since the first day on Level 2 Games design to the Next Gen games design course. The year is 2015 (definitely not a dramatic trailer intro), I come into college with an open mind and expecting to have a mind-set to someday create something cool.
I have many memories of coming to class and enjoying the roar of enthusiasm! Literally sometimes which was good but didn’t help with concentration to be honest and I’m sure that’s why the course asset requirements were a pair of headphones besides sound engineering.
Firstly, I would like to start this blog by saying
‘This is not easy to explain, yet again what is…’
Here is some back story, since I’m tech lead A.k.a programming and all the complicated stuff. I’m required to research game flows and how to implement that into the project.
That also means finding a way to make sure that the player feels comfortable playing the game hence keeping all of the main building blocks of gameplay in mind, take Mario for example. When Nintendo make Mario, doesn’t matter how late the player is in joining the franchise they’re always eased into the game with a series of tutorial levels that just seem to be either subtle reminders or testing the waters lets say.
Now that lovely looking chap there is me… still on my placement and was in full swing of recapping my storyboard for my 2D project for an in-house client. And it’s to basically create a full animated ‘How to’ video which to everyone sounds easy.
Honestly, I now know how they do it so well.
It’s not just by simply creating a composition and getting on with it, it takes a little bit of prep before hand. And this is what I am doing in the photo.
To answer the question in the title, my reply would be ‘suprisingly well’.
Considering I’m willing to give it a go and have that alongside my placement and other work. I think that if this project were to be chosen by some, I’d have to plan the full development pipeline and roles a week prior to groups being populated.
A week and a half into this placement and I’m starting to get to grips with how industry is run and how a production pipeline comes together with communication and good teamwork.
The team at ThreeMotion Media have been very helpful and welcomed me as if I was part of the team this past week, the atmosphere is professional and at the same time chilled; personally I think this is a good environment to come into when starting industry.
Today I was to create a 3D animation lasting 5-6 Seconds, this scene was to be turned into a gif then placed into a blog…
Honestly found it tricky believe it or not as I could only place so much into the scene without passing everything too quickly. The first camera was going to be following an arrow as it is shot towards the target in front (which is out of focus), then another camera tracking the arrow on a side orthographic view still heading towards the target. and finally the last camera capturing the arrow piercing the target itself.
Doesn’t sound like too much but when you have to capture the concept on 3 cameras to cover the animation evenly… it becomes a bit hard to stick that on a 5 – 6 second Gif. Just starts to look like a compilation on speed.
I have thought about how to get everything in one sequence and yet extend the time but keep the requirements. Yes it sounds weird but maybe it’s because I over-complicate things.
Maybe I could create all three scenes and have their times set to about 10-15 seconds and use advanced speed scrubbing to slowly speed up the video in the least important parts.
Now I usually come across a project and have a somewhat idea of what I’m doing in terms of story, character, environment and timeline…
But this has not been the case.
Because the story would have been harder to take in if the way my two characters had just met the way they did with no meaning or solid moral at the end, so I had to find a creative way to introduce the ‘What If?’ meaning and this is how I did it.