HR Drone #28- wrote:
38 Studios? I've heard of them. Can't seem to remember what for though? Maybe they did halo- yeah, that must be it.
stinkyfingers wrote: »
^no 34 did halo, 38 did kindom of amalar I think.
That was the joke
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CoJoeTheLawyer already figured me out, so I'll post these over here. They are super heros based on his daughters (who are twins)
They both seem like their entire bodies are more-or-less on the same plane, depth-wise. Like they've been pressed in a book. The cape on the 2nd one starts to show some depth, but the flat rendering on the top kinda prevents the illusion from being very successful. The hair seems very conservative, in very close-knit clumps, and I think that can be made more dynamic in both pieces. Same with the poses (mainly the legs). The legs and ankles look very stiff, and they're being viewed from almost the same angles.
The shape-language in the 2nd one is also a little confusing in the ends of the cape, and on the inside of the palm on her left hand (on our right).
Also-also, push your hues a bit more between shadows/midtones/highlights! The shadows seem either very same-hued, or black...and the highlights sometimes seem gray or desaturated/white.
I've admittedly slowed down in pace, lately. We were transitioning (Moving, getting stable again money wise, things like that) everything's not perfect, but I should be able to sit down and draw more, which will also mean sharing more things.
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I still need to ad wear and tear to the coins, but I like this page:
Going to do some low poly modeling as well.
I really like those coins.
I like the painting of the crate as well! If its not going to get any normal mapping the only thing I would change is to exaggerate the shadows around the inside square so it looks like it has more relief to it.
Thanks wasser! I'll probably get back into that box soon. I think I may model the coins as well.
I want to give you some awesome feedback like you always do for me, but damnit those look really good and I wouldn't change a thing. Also, these are so perfect for mobile/casual game companies, great idea!
Dig the box as well! It looks like there is a, I don't know what to call it so I am gonna call it "ghosting?" effect on the sides with crossbeams? Like maybe one was overlayed the opposite direction and then had the opacity dropped down to like 5%. What program are you building those in? I know you can do it in After Effects but have never tried.
Really cool to see these again. Textures/materials are kinda my jam, so I'm going to throw a lot of wordage at you...:P it might be a little nitpicky and personal preference-y, but I feel like my overall points are valid. I really like your style...I like how you've rendered things like the refracted light in the blue crystal with chunky forms, rather than smooth. I kinda feel like your material definition may need a little refinement though - you've got down that these things are all shiny, but you can really push a few things here and there that would really help sell the fact that your metal is different than your crystal. I remember that when you were doing those "material balls", I had a similar critique.
Always have reference while you're doing these. There are subtle differences between similar materials that you likely won't catch unless you're actively checking references.
There were times when I had to create textures for things like:
packed white clay
drawn-in red clay
red clay rocks
packed grey dirt wall
rocky dirt ground
etc. etc. etc.
...and they all had to look distinctly different! And there was a lot that I learned from grabbing reference and seeing, aside from color, exactly how each of those things differed visually. Rock and stone was similar - we had like 30+ different types of rock and stone that all had specific purposes...and they were all formed differently, so they all had to be painted differently. While in many cases they were very similar, their shapes would differ, their reflective properties would differ, their hues and amount of hue variation would differ, etc.
I'm not suggesting you do like..."30 different crystal types", but I think if you at least grab some real reference for each of these shiny things and compare them, and really try to figure out how they're different (in shapes, refraction, reflection, hue, hue variation, durability, specific types of wear) it would help you immensely.
Check out some crystal stuff (just google "crystal clusters"...I found a lot of good material there). The blue crystal has a slight amount of refraction going on inside of it, but the pink/purple cluster looks pretty opaque. That might've been intentional, but I'm not sure. For the cluster, the gradient-shading on crystal planes doesn't fall off that quickly - often each plane is mostly a solid color...because it's perfectly flat! You definitely see some gradients like that, but I think in the cluster you have, there's not much "solid" color to denote planes. There's a lot of fall-off, which may be breaking the illusion.
Reference would also help you put the proper kind of "wear" into each material. Scratches and "cuts" are a nice go-to method for making things looks distressed...but consider what kind of material each of these things is. Your blue crystal has what looks like a large crack in it, but that should probably look a little more like a chip (the things you have in the front). Don't try to make up the planes - reference images to see where the crystal planes tend to form, and how these things actually distress. For the coins, if you have a scratch that falls off the edge, continue the highlighted-edge onto the circumference a little bit. Carrying scratches/cracks that are on edges over to the bordering plane is a great trick that almost always helps "sell" the crack or scratch. And it makes sense too if you think about it - the scratch would end up breaking through the other plane. There are a handful of tiny little divots that look a bit out of place...partially in their treatment (and they're all the same size), and partially because they seem to cluster in spots, and then the remainder of the coin is mostly pristine. Seeing as how these are coins, super tiny distressed marks like those divots may feel a little too tiny.
Lastly, when adding wear-and-tear, try to avoid one large "spot", or a cluster of "busyness" unless it's intentional (i.e. if the bill was ripped almost entirely in half, that would be a pretty obviously intentional thing). Try adding just a few smaller tears (or fraying) around the other edges of the bill, so you don't have that single large tear drawing your eye all the time.
I'm really glad you're doing this, and I'd like help you as much as possible! I hope you can find some of this stuff useful.
Broke, that weird ghosting is actually leftover from a normal map I was playing with. I cant get Zbrush to not lock up on me when I import the box, so it was a frustrating endeavor, I'll venture to clean that up before it goes on the website.
I know readability is the priority when those designs are small, so I'd recommend making the coin scratches more obvious. Hope this is just me, but the small, clean marks leave me to assume the coins are incredibly huge.
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Still working on this: Its all smushy around the edges but its coming along I think.
I was making a new avatar but if I just wait two months the snow will be appropriate again...
If you make that your avatar I'm going to involuntarily have one of those empathy shutters every time you post.
You know, like in movies where they show a closeup of someone getting injected by a giant fucking needle, and the entire audience kinda winces and inhales through their teeth?
Take care of your eyeballs.
Or if you're making this avatar because of horrific real life events, take care of your remaining eyeball.
@lyrium Yeah, its going to be mostly monochromatic, in the hopes that I will not put color all over the damn place and really focus on whats more important in comic making, value and composition. I also tend to noodle around with color way too long, and so Im hoping keeping it blue will push things to go a little faster.
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Little touches like the reverse "EAT IN" sign make this delicious to look at. DELICIOUS I SAY!
You should do a mini-comic with him plz