Monday, 24 August 2015

Ludum Dare #33 - You are the Monster. 3 day Jam.

So over the weekend we had a game jam! Our first one ever as group that had never worked together! 2 programmers and 2 artists, We had to publish a game within 72hrs, and we did it!

The concept was just simple bomberman style game. Where you are the grim reaper and harvest souls of fallen gamers. The angel tries to save them before they reach the "game over" screen! It's a simple time based game where you have to meet the quota of souls, if you don't you lose.

All in all it was a great learning experience! Definitely in the future I'll be doing it again. I felt our group worked amazing for never having been together. I'm hoping that in the coming weeks we decide to polish this up and make it truly 100% complete.

Our members were
Mark: Blog Link
Max: Blog Link
Peter: Blog Link
& Myself

be sure to have a look at their work!

And more importantly have a play of our game here 

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Gui Health Bars

Did a quick excerise in class on how to make a GUI health bar. I'd recently played around with the new Unity 5 canvas and UI element. But learning to do it really fast using photoshop and simple hardened bevel and emboss. All in all really great concept.

I tried to design to different styles. Went with a sort of Icy look and just a stock standard metallic and simple style. 

Holiday Muck Around

During the holiday's I got a little unproductive and started playing games and fun stuff again, mainly just due to being severely burnt out. I always loved the story and concept of Arthas and the Lich King. So I decided to draw him as best as I could using the Lich King Cinematic as reference. I've been working slowly on this piece for the better part of 3 months I reckon. I really wanted to do it faster but at the same time I wanted to do it justice.

I found it extremely difficult to compare something 2d like a painting and use a 3d cinematic as reference but i persisted with it. I think i screwed the sword and shoulder hard thou but all in all i'm pretty happy with how this turned out.

I would of loved to done a background but at the same time, I just want to move on and do some more things and maybe I'll come back to it and do it even more justice.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

3d Gui Element.

Did an in class exercise turning a logo from the internet, to a vector based 3D element. Basically showing how these can be generated really fast for either splash art, load screen and other good various stuff. Started out using Illustrator and Vector Traced the element then, took it into Maya and extruded the elements.

From there we gave it some nice delta and some specular to make it look interesting in Z-brush as well as finishing it in Photoshop with a high pass filter to bring it to life. 

All in all the exercise is great workflow and great way to produce something for a game.