Here’s an update. I added some colors and extra detail. The colors and the values don’t seem to mix well. I’m thinking of flattening the layers and work in the colors a bit into the values.
On other notes, I’m almost out of time. I have to create a scene in UDK and if I have the time, I really would like to rig and animate a simple idle animation for the motorcycle/audrey scene and the lowpoly model scene. Only one week left!
I found a great reference point for my lowpoly model. Jonas Georgakakis game model “Strongman” at polycount forums. The model has nice edge flow and is very optimized. I studied how the model was made and created my low-poly model with similar edgeflow. Thank you Jonas for letting me study your model!
The modelling went fast when I had this great reference, and I created this Viking Lumberjack model with 2576 triangles with only one 512×512 diffuse map. I created UVs and started texturing with hand painted textures techniques from the polycount wiki. I have just started texturing, and I wait with the colors until I’m done with the values. It’s really hard but fun!
After some talking with my brother and friends, I kept working on the normal and specular maps. They didn’t really show anything in the last post. I removed some cracks/scratches, added some nuts and screws. This is how it looks like now.
I have created specular and glossiness maps for the motorcycle. I think I will let the texturing rest for a while, as I’m quite happy with how it looks now. Perhaps I will get back to it later for more finishing touches. Here’s a screenshot from Marmoset Toolbag.
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The diffuse is finished, and now I’m adding grime and dirt. Only the tires and tire screens yet though. Areas further from the ground will mostly have dust and grime. I can’t wait to make the specular and glossiness maps!
I think I’m done with the normal map and the ambient occlusion map. I added some alpha faces for the spokes, which was the simplest geometry I could create for them. I have started dividing the maps into different areas for different types of materials, like green metal and brushed steel. Next is some color and then I’ll start grunging it down with scratches and wear. Then I’ll start making the specular and gloss maps which will be crucial in the look of this model.
The lowpoly model is done, and I have completed the UVs. Here is a screenshot of the motorcycle with a normal map and ambient occlusion diffuse map rendered in Marmoset Toolbag. I’m still stitching up the wheels. Soon I’ll start coloring it and give it different materials.
Yesterday we had trouble with the maya license servers on Campus, so I took a break in my UV work on the motorcycle and started tinkering with UDK. I tried out the foliage mode tool, the terrain edit tool, and the in-game cinematic tool Unreal Matinee. It was fun and easier than I expected! I can now control cameras and simple mesh movement. Today I have to continue working on the motorcycle UVs, but the next thing in UDK I have to learn is how to import custom-made skeleton-driven meshes. Like my game character Audrey McCloud or the motorcycle, if I decide to rig it.
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