Hey folks. I've been thinking for a while now about how I can learn and grow as an environment artist, specifically about listening to what others say about my work and how that influences the direction I take. I would like to, if people are interested work with members on this forum in an artistic social experiment to evolve an environment from start, to medium quality or even less. Ideally I would love the opportunity to work with a large community of talented individuals, and allow a really open ended idea to evolve over time based on the feedback from multiple people.
It will give me a great insight into how others perceive work, composition, story, while it will give the talented individuals from this community a chance to give more feedback than micro feedback on individual issues. Instead it would be encouraged that you talk with each other, talk to me, and share what you think of what the project is, and where it should go. I see this potentially as a learning experience for everyone involved.
I understand that this is a little out of the ordinary. Normally environments have story, or purpose before they are created, and while I don't want to start with a completely blank canvas, I would love to start very simple (interior, exterior) and proceed from there. This idea is my no means perfect, and I am posting here first to see what others think of this idea, and how it could be adjusted, so please I would love to hear your feedback, as this is an exercise in communication as much as it is anything else.
For how it would actually work, I would probably rely on screengrabs and renders from the UDK (What I am most familiar in). I've had quite a bit of environment experience, and can handle most material/particle/worldbuidling/lighting requirements. I do work, so this would only get updated on the weekend, so I would participate in discussion through the week and then make adjustments based off of what everyone participating is saying.
Again this is meant to be fast changing, low detail, open ended work. Completely reworking composition, content, goals, colors, setting. That would be entirely up to whoever chooses to participate. This specific thread is meant for discussion on what you guys feel about this idea, if you are interested, how constrained it should be (full environment vs single screen, story, setting etc). Looking forward to hearing what you guys think as I have a deep respect for members of this forum (and have had it for ages now, you folks helped me learn and become the artist I am today).
Thanks for your time reading this huge block of text!