Rapid Character Development for Online Games
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Online games like Diablo, World of Warcraft, Torchlight, and many casual titles can have different character art needs than a first person shooter or third person action-adventure game.
Compared to over-the-shoulder or full body cameras of PS3 or XBox titles, a wider camera in many online games promotes smaller characters on screen and more of them at the same time. It is therefore the character artist's job to help ensure that players still enjoy interacting with a smaller, less detailed character competing heavily for screen space. Because many characters may be needed for online games like these, developing and testing characters quickly becomes crucial.
In this 3 week workshop, John illustrates various industry techniques and tips to quickly create fun 3D characters for online games that will "pop" on screen. Using programs such as Zbrush, Maya, and Photoshop, we will create a low-res character mesh to preview in the artist-friendly Unity game engine, used for many online and browser-based games.
John has worked in the game industry for 7 years as the lead character artist for Schell Games, led by veteran game designer, Jess...Read More »