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Hello everyone here at polycount. For awhile now I've only looked at the amazing pieces here in these forums. Now, I can finally present the begins of my own.

It is a great place to get brutal honest criticism and I hope none of you hold back. I am a student and have only begun the large exploration of creating complete pieces.

Anyways, this piece is from a concept done by Levi Hopkins for a game called Guild Wars. I obsess over most of the concepts from the many artists over at ArenaNet. Now I have found I piece that I think I can take on.

Here is the concept piece.
CentaurWaterWheel.jpg

And here is what I have so far. It is mostly a block out of the scene, no effects or fancy stuff yet. I intend to make this modular, hopefully using about 4 texture pages. The focus is on modularity which the scene is primarily made up of.

The scene will be built mostly in Max then combined in UDK along with all the fancy stuff. As for the textures, I'm currently working on them using zBrush.

More on that later, but right now, here's a quick render of what I have so far. If it looks too low poly, that is because guild wars is fairly low poly. At the same time, given the progressive nature of the industry, I may refine it higher with the intention on next gen games. In a word, I am uncertain.

Alright, the scene.
CentaurWaterwheel_Beauty_01.png?w=1d70b6a0

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  • letronrael
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    Its a sweet concept but it seems you forgot to add you scene. Looks like a sweet project tho.
  • tharle
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    tharle polycounter lvl 9
    this is a fantastic piece of concept art - in rotation as one of my backgrounds. i'm going to be doing a similar big project soon and i also choose to do this one myself!

    looking forward to seeing it when you remember to post it :D
  • Wonkey
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    Wonkey polycounter lvl 10
    Have to put your image in the public folder of dropbox. Killer concept though!
  • Butthair
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    Butthair polycounter lvl 8
    Oh noes! Totally my fault, I didn't know Dropbox had such particularities.

    @ Wonkey - I don't have a public folder. I deleted that right away thinking nothing would come of it.

    So I made a photobucket account, hopefully this link works.

    CentaurWaterwheel_Beauty_01-1.png?t=1312740785
  • jocose
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    jocose polycounter lvl 11
    nice looking sharp dude, keep at it!
  • Butthair
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    Butthair polycounter lvl 8
    Here's one of the texture pages. Designed for the modular of the wood poles, spike tips, wood end parts and the ropes wrapped around the poles.

    Lemme know what you all think, I'm so-so about the rope part.
    Wood_1.png?t=1312748757
  • chrisradsby
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    chrisradsby polycounter lvl 11
    just looking at it makes me feel that it's noisy, dunno how it translates in the scene though. depending on how far away we're gonna be from the texture it might not matter. I'd put rope on it's own texture-sheet though, it's just easier to UV and get right ie it'll tile better. :)
  • tharle
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    tharle polycounter lvl 9
    it might be easier to have the tiling wood as one texture and the ends as a separate one. more expensive in terms of memory but means you can scale the texture in engine easily for use on different wood types and also might mean less verts in your model.
  • Butthair
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    Butthair polycounter lvl 8
    This is true.

    @ chrisradsby: I'm glad you found some issues. I'm too use to looking at it and having an outside perspective helps. Considering what you've said I look at it again and I'm definitely starting to see how busy it is. I'll keep this in mind.
    When I do a first pass with the textures we'll see how noisy it will be. Then tweeking, good to be aware of. Thank you.

    @ tharle: My goal is leaning towards optimizing this scene, if anything I would add more polys than to make more textures. In terms of the sizes of things, I'm currently doing the unwrap and positioning of the mesh in UV space.
    I'm not sure if you mean to have the wood tiling in both axes, but it does tile horizontally.

    At the moment, the wood poles are tiling 3 times horizontally and considering what chrisadsby is saying, it is starting to look quick noisy. I still want that level of detail, but once again it might be too much so I may have to lower the opacity or scale it. Not sure.

    Thanks for comments, I've definitely taken them into consideration. I'm straying away from another texture, I want to see if I can just have this one for the wood and rope, then another one for the leathers.
  • toxic_h2o
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    toxic_h2o polycounter lvl 8
    [ame]
    http://orbart.free.fr/index.php?Gallery=105

    1. sculpt pole
    2. bake maps
    3. ?????
    4. Profit
  • Will Faucher
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    Will Faucher polycounter lvl 11
    With something of that scale I don't think sculpting fine details like that is going to translate well into the scene. I think it would be best to stick with large shapes, an almost stylized look.
  • Fred2303
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    Fred2303 polycounter lvl 7
    the concept is siick! and everything looks good for now. ill follow this for sure!
  • Butthair
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    Butthair polycounter lvl 8
    Thanks for the feedback guys.

    I'm hearing you all, that texture is too noisy, I'll be able to get some work done on it tomorrow. This first pass with the texture is what I'm going to handle, and, like you guys say, if the texture just isn't working, I'll scale the texture down and get rid of the clutter of noise.

    @ toxic_h2o: I've seen that _orb stuff before, that guy is incredible and I have another project involving a stone wall with a similar style. He's got an incredible look going, I look at his post and his website more than once a day just to absorb it that much more.

    I would totally just sculpt one of the spike poles in zbrush, but for the sake of modularity, I was following more closely to how Thiago is doing it.
    Here: http://thiagoklafke.com/modularenvironments.html
    As well as http://jeremiahbigley.com/Subpages/Thumbnail_06.html

    The latter is more on a fantasy approach which is similar to the subject matter I'm going off in this piece as well as another.

    Above all else I'll simplify the texture and have a detail that I'll combine in UDK to get it just right.

    Once again, thanks everyone, I appreciate the input, it is truly invaluable. I hope to have more done soon while keeping what I've read so far in mind.
  • tharle
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    tharle polycounter lvl 9
    yeah, getting as much use out of each of your meshes as possible is the way forwards. not only is it less work for you but it's how the industry works so its good to show those sorts of skills. remember with udk you can setup materials that reference the world offset position to create automatic variation in the texture to break up repetitiveness.
  • Butthair
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    Butthair polycounter lvl 8
    tharle, that is a great idea about world offset. I remember learning a little about it from a UDKc tutorial, totally forgot about it though. That will add another level of moudalrity.

    Thanks for that tharle. :)
  • Butthair
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    So... Another quick render. It's got texture. I removed the noise from the wood and it definitely looks a lot nicer. :poly136:

    I got a leather texture kinda going, not too sure though. It would probably look nicer if all of them weren't the same look. Like in the concept, some of it has stripes or spots on it, and some is raw hide. That will be addressed in UDK with some masks and blending.

    I'm going to work on an alpha for stripes and for the the fuzzy fur around most of the edges, then get those modeled in, don't sweat the hard edges for now.


    CentaurWaterwheel_Beauty_02.png?t=1312964135
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