I have recently been working on a horror project inspired by P.T., with James (http://jmbroderick.blogspot.co.uk/), Zhané (http://wearethinkingcritically.blogspot.co.uk/) and Hazrat (http://thegamesartlootchest.blogspot.co.uk/). Unfortunately we haven't been able to work on this as a group much because people are having to work on OTM full time, but I have been working on making a phone for the game; you use this as a flash light in the game.
I decided to take this as an opportunity to learn how to high poly bake. Here's how I went about this process:
Firstly I created a low and high poly model in 3DS Max (as shown above) this was then put into x-normal where I generated an occlusion and normal map. I soon realised that my modeled didn't match up in max and fixed this so that the normal's would be in the right place. I then re-baked it and tested the timings of generating a cage to see how this would differ the bake, honestly it didn't make much difference but i ended up using a 25s bake.
Overall I'm very pleased with how this turned out, I have learnt a lot about how to bake models now and I will be using this for models from now on.
I have also been messing around with a website called sketchfab and I have recently just posted my Sloth chacter on there, as shown below:
I have also spoken to a tutor and a third year about what they think we should do over summer and what people wished they had learnt over summer before starting third year here are a few things that were brought up in conversation:
- Learn zbrush, xnormal and UE4 (lighting and vertex painting).
- Get faster at modelling.
- Do dioramas and things for your portfolio.
- Write a CV and cover letter and make an online portfolio.
- Make sure you have made your FMP before (meaning make sure you know how to do it, if you are doing an environment make sure you have made one before).
- Look at professionals work and work towards their level.
- Find ways to be unusual and interesting.
- Do the professional practice breifs from the year before
- and finally GO PLACES AND SEE THINGS
The last thing was something that James and myself were going to do anyway and Chris suggested to look at: Swithland woods, The out woods, Bradgate park and Beacon hill. I am looking into going to all of these places to gather reference. Hopefully you will be seeing more work soon,
Cheerio for now.