Friday, December 23, 2011

Orcs Must Die! - Environment stuff

Hello all, just wanted to get a quick post going of some of the environment work that went into Orcs Must Die! I started out on the project helping create all the small assets that would make up the fortress/castles the players would be running around in. I slowly transitioned into helping create the levels and lighting them along with a couple of other artists on the team. We really had a great time working on this project and the game is a blast to play.

Anyway thanks for checking us out,


Monday, December 12, 2011

Knock, Knock!

Orcs Must Die! is Robot’s first original title and IP. Speaking for the art department, this was such an inspirational and rewarding title to create and work on. When Bart started working on the comic, we knew that we wanted a gallery section to go into the back of the book for the artists to explore some different ideas for the characters. That seemed like a perfect opportunity to follow through on one visual in particular that I had about Orcs Must Die since the very beginning of the game. I pictured a huge Ogre splintering the doors to the fortress that the warmage was protecting.

I hope you guys enjoy.


Monday, December 5, 2011

The Orcs Must Die! Lost Adventures DLC Cyclops Shaman model...

Hey all... thanks for stopping by to check out some Ten Ton Gorilla. For this post I wanted to share some of the work that went into creating the Cyclops Shaman model.

Finished "in-game" model...

For this particular character we wanted to create an interesting, unique unit while at the same time creating him efficiently. Given this we decided to have him share the same body type as the OMD! Ogre. Sharing the Ogre's form would save a great deal of animation and early stage modeling time.

Now that we knew the starting point one of Robot's talented concept artists, Nate Stefan, worked up a concept based on the design needs and the Ogre's form. On the modeling side I decided to begin this mission by using the in-game Ogre model created by fellow character artist extraordinaire Chris Moffitt.

Using the Ogre model provided a great starting point to begin the Zbrush phase. Once I have the Zbrush model completed I export the lowest subD mesh from Zbrush and import it into Max. Within Max I will create the in-game model using the lowest Zbrush subD (after some cleanup and optimizing) and then lay out the UV's. Now that I have my low and high poly models complete the normal map baking stage begins. I usually make about 2~3 projections within xNormal set at different influence or distance radiuses... for instance... .05, 5, 20. This enables me to get the best projection for various aspects of the model (between fingers, straps, and large areas such as the torso). Once baked I'll combine the normal maps within photoshop for the cleanest, highest quality map possible. Now that I have my normal map set the way I want it I will create an occlusion map from it within Crazybump. Once my normal and occlusion maps look clean and ready to roll I will go into max and assign the Direct X RTTNormalmap.fx shader to my Cyclops model. Doing this enables me to actively view the model with the normals active to check for any artifacts, unclean areas, or trouble spots in general before fully exporting it to the game. Once I am happy with every thing thus far I will texture the character within photoshop using the occlusion as my guide. This Cyclops uses a diffuse, spec, normal, gloss, and emissive texture map. For final texture tweaks I view the charcter within the game's engine. Once the Art Director is happy with the character it goes off to our animation and FX gurus to be brought to life!

The below image displays the concept, starting point Ogre mesh, Cyclops model as seen within max using the RTTNNormalmap.fx shader applied, and the final Cyclops wireframe.

The Zbrush model of the Cyclops Shaman.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoyed this post. Stop back soon and often for more tidbits from the Robot Art Staff!


Friday, December 2, 2011

Some very early OMD! Orc designs...

Here are some concepts that I had done for the Orcs before we went for a more light hearted tone.

I hope you guys diggum.