[Portfolio] – Luke Brubaker, Character Artist

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Just overhauled my portfolio site, feedback and critiques are appreciated, both in regards to the site itself and the work displayed.

Let me have it!


  • Dudestein
    Get rid of the Battle Mage, it's dragging your whole portfolio down. Your ruin assets are actually pretty rad. Get the Basilisk out of the neutral pose, t-poses are boring to look at. There's a weird vertical strip running down the middle of the Basilisk texture? It looks like a mistake. If it is, fix it.

    On the armored assault lady, you've done something strange. Your polycount is high enough that you could have included a lot more information in the model, like the padding on her stomach. Doing that sort of stuff on the textures is typically reserved for low poly models - MMOs and such in the < 5k tris range. Also, I'm not a fan of the armor design on her whole torso. The rectangle across her chest feels tacked on. If you're not confident as concept artist, I would recommend using other people's designs to model from, just ask for permission as a professional courtesy.

    But yeah, cheers dude, keep plugging away at it!
  • Koochy
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    i had to tilt my head to read the titles of the projects and even then i struggled a bit with the font.
  • Eastlin
    The text is quite hard to read.

    Oh and i'm with Dustinbrown on the battle mage.
  • Der Hollander
    Overall, I'd say your presentation needs work. Your Marmoset renders aren't cutting it, and you lack any kind of consistency in your presentation and render style.

    In all honesty, your environment assets are the best in your portfolio, which is not probably sending the right message across if you're advertising yourself as a character artist. Those assets are also the most pleasing presentation of the bunch, with the exception of your wireframe render and your UDK screengrab at the bottom.

    On the technical side, all but your rpg bodies UVs are a mess, tons of wasted space, and a lot of non-mirrored UVs that don't take advantage of the unique texel space. Also, you have really obvious seams on your rpg heads where the face meets the cranium.

    Your characters are also really heavy on the tri count for the amount of detail you actually have in there, and the geo on your basilisk is fairly terrifying to look at in various areas.

    Thirding on nixing the battlemage, and I'd get rid of the table on your Michael C. Hall bust. You don't need it, the pedestal grounds it enough.

    On the 2D side, again, your environmental stuff is way more impressing than your characters.

    My suggestion would be to revisit your previous projects armed with the knowledge that you have now (seeing your progression is pretty plain in your projects) and tightening them up. Rework your UVs, nuke tris where you don't need them, have a consistent style that you present everything in. Write down your render settings, pick one way to present your wires, and get some interesting lighting(not default, but still keeps the model well lit and readable).

    You're headed in the right direction, and this isn't meant to bring you down, it's just meant to be a decently thorough and very direct critique in order to show you next steps on improving your work and getting it to that professional level polish.
  • chrisradsby
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    The characters do look kind of weird, they don't look soft and squishy like humans should do. More like clay? I don't know if it's the current lighting setup or something but maybe you should try and work some more on the presentation and the lighting setups. The portfolio itself looks pretty good and yes I really like the environment pieces, they are def your strongest works in the portfolio.
  • Shiniku
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    Thanks for the feedback guys! It's really helpful, I'll try to take it all in.

    Yes, I agree on the battle-mage, that was more of a placeholder to fill out the site, but I'll take it out.

    As for the environment work being better - yikes! I didn't expect that. However, the environment work is my newest stuff, right behind that being the RPG characters. The Armored woman is an older piece, but one I spent the most time on. Hopefully when I spend the proper amount of time on a new character piece it will be a lot better.

    The characters do look kind of weird, they don't look soft and squishy like humans should do. More like clay?
    yeah, this is something I've been struggling with. Not even sure what I should be doing to fix it. messed around a lot though this morning, is this better?


    And yes I'm aware of the seam where the face meets the body, but I don't know why it's happening. As far as I can tell that shouldn't be there.. maybe it had something to do with the normal bake.

    The feedback is hugely helpful and motivating, keep it coming!
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