Fall 2020 - Spring 2021
Visdev, 3D Modeling + Texturing, Environment Design
Maya, Photoshop, Unity
Fish Game! Fish Game!
I worked primarily in environment visualization, which let me interact with all stages of the game design process - from concept art to the finished level design. I was drawn to the possibilities and potential of merging a "lost civilization" and "chem-punk" aesthetic through my work. Through environmental storytelling, players can piece together the reasons for this underwater society's collapse.
Through the concepting stage, we floated around various ideas for environment direction - the Atlantis-like lost civilization angle was obvious, but how could we distinguish it further?
based on color palettes generated by the team - colors evoking an acidic, murky and foreboding wasteland
what was left of pillars holding the bridge to the tower
early concepting to establish the world's relationship between civilization (order) and nature (abandonment). worked on determining shape language as well
the central tower poses as a remnant of the lost civilization and a focal point for players to orient around
To communicate a feeling of abandonment and chaos, we decided on visual indicators: Overgrown plants are an easy way to evoke the lost civilization vibe, and large, distinctive shapes give players a sense of direction when exploring.
Creatures + Props
After defining the visual direction and iterating on concept art, we could start creating assets to hand off to level designers.
I worked with combat designers to communicate creatures' abilities and stats through their shape language and color choices (ie. bulky and colorful = tanky and poisonous enemy). They had to fit in their environment, and we took a lot of inspiration from real animals.
UV unwrapped, handpainted, and textured various fishes based on concept art (link)
final boss - hand painted and stylized using maya and photoshop (link)
imaginary plants and corals created using specific level color palettes (link)
This was the project that got me hooked on visual direction in game design. I learned the importance of collaborating on + establishing a cohesive, solid art direction.
I loved working with engineering, usability, design, and narrative teams to conceptualize and visualize their work. It felt so meaningful to see how the world fit together - it seemed like we were the players piecing together the lore of the world through these snippets.