Create a game engine asset from concept to finished design
I think that the most important thing in the game industry is to know how to create something and see it inside the game. So in this tutorial we will talk about how to design something fast and get the object ready for use inside your game.
The idea was to create a design of the old wicked hammer. First of all I did the silhouette. The silhouette is the most important part here. At the beginning, I made a very simple photobash. It gave me an understanding that I should make the shapes more curvy and interesting. There is nothing to fear if your first attempt is flat and uninteresting. It’s just a search for shapes and the first steps in designing the new thing.
1. Concepting and shaping
You can see how the shape was changed after all steps below:
The main steps in object blocking is to find its shape with primitives. Our goal here is to create the base contour, not details. So after a quick 2D working, I started to block it in 3D to enhance my silhouette and make the shapes more interesting.
To boost my speed, I placed some bone elements like skull and a part of a spine on my model. So after Dynamesh and quick work with base shapes I got this result:
At this stage I achieved a final silhouette, but not a final object.
Tip: Do not try to reach a final silhouette in the 2D stage. It should give you only a vision of further design, but not a final result!
Next I detailed my model with elements of spinal bones combined with cutting shapes.
Tip: It’s very important to keep your design in harmony: if you use your skull as your main element, support it with some other bones, for example: use spinal bones as a part of the grip, it will make your design stronger.
3. Topology and UV
When the design was finished, I made a retopology. As a lazy person, I used an automatic decimation for it with a slight hand touch.
I think it’s not an ideal topology, but it’s fine for this use. I got 10K triangles. Here can be more or less polygons, depending on your needs. My goal was to repeat my shape without any losses in silhouette in the most important parts like the skull and grip. After all, I made a UV for it.
Tip: Even in fast and simple work try not to forget about layout and padding between shells and from borders.
Here everything was simple. I made a mix with an old iron material with a layer of patina. I blended the patina with base material through the mask generator.
That’s all! Just default old iron material with a layer of patina! Ah, yes! The blood! I added a simple material with blood. I painted it with particles.
Tip: Try not to make as many layers as possible. Better to keep everything simple. If you have a good design, even default materials will look fine! And do not forget about the blood!
I just made five directional lights with different angles. One of which was red. Then I moved some lights a little for other images. That’s all!
Tip: Better not to use HDR at all. Start from one light source and then add another until you are satisfied.