Stylized 3D Asset Creation for Games
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Kevin Griffith

Kevin is an artist, game developer, and educator based in Berlin, Germany. He is currently a Senior Environment Artist at Bigpoint GmbH. He has over 10 years of experience in the games industry on 8 AAA titles in various genres. His credits include several Blizzard games, such as Diablo III, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Litch King , Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void, Total War: Warhammer. He has previously taught at Gnomon School of Visual Effects, instructing students on real-time asset creation, texturing, and world building, as well as portfolio mentoring.

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Course Description

In this course you will create finished key environment assets and props that will work together in a stylized game environment. We will look at various stylistic approaches to games. Lectures and assignments will explore different styles for hand-painting textures, blocking out your scene, modeling your stylized assets, and creating final stylized textures for your assets. The goal is to create a fully-rendered collection of assets that you can include in your portfolio. Software used in this course includes: Maya, Photoshop, Z Brush, 3D Coat, Marmoset, and UDK 4.

Course Format

Course Format: Standard
Duration: 10 Weeks
Lecture Type: Pre-recorded
Assignment: Deadlines each week.
Feedback: Individual Recordings
Q&A: Once a week.

*For classes with less than 6 students feedback may be provided during the live QandA session.

Course Outline

Wk1

Stylized is not Dead! Intro to stylized gaming and why it’s relevant to the future of gaming

  • Successful games, examples
  • Innovative Game Artists @ their work
  • What makes something stylized
  • Intro to hand painting using Photoshop

Wk2

2.5 D: Working with a fixed camera

  • Building a vignette using a fixed camera setup
  • Use Alphas to your advantage
  • Style used in Diablo
  • Model, UV, texture 2.5 scene

Wk3

Intro to final assignment: create environment for UDK 4 using current Gen technology to achieve stylized look

  • Storytelling through environment art
  • Create prop set
  • Create scene in Maya, ZBrush; bake, retopo, final assembly in Maya; implement in UDK 4
  • Create a cohesive stylized look through modeling and texturing techniques used in current Gen pipelines

Wk4

Intro to final assignment: Zbrush the stylized

  • Block out from Maya to Zbrush
  • Prep block out Geo to final mesh quality
  • Taking mesh into Zbrush

Wk5

UV town, using 3D Coat as our UV weapon

  • Using 3D Coat as a UV tool
  • Setting up proper UV sheets

Wk6

Technical tips for Zbrush

  • Retopo Zbrush props
  • Creating modular set
  • Baking textures

Wk7

From bake to stylized texture

  • Overpaints of base textures
  • Creating stylized quality

Wk8

Creating tile-able textures using base sculpts in Zbrush

  • Sculpt tile-able textures in Zbrush
  • Blocking out environment

Wk9

Final assembly

  • Assemble scene using UDK as the assembly point
  • Work with material setup
  • Light and tweak scene

Wk10

Final reviews!

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