I've been going around as a writer, but started getting drawn into Concept Art and 3D modeling. I'm currently finishing my studies as a 3D artist and will then be let loose on the world. Beware!

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Posted by SinKing on Oct 18th, 2008

Heya,

I'm updating a bit about what's going on behind the scenes. Apart from me picking up some skills in Photoshop, several new artists have joined the mod, as we can't have enough concept art (ever) and you can never find enough concept artists.

It's getting tough now, because some actual action is required by our Motion-Capture Studio, which is getting delayed by real-life projects of the studio. Most of the problems we suffer from derive from personal problems of important members, who can't dedicate their time to the project as they used to. I'm trying best to bring back the creative spark and igniting the desire to move on with the project.
We already missed two chances to enter th Make Something Unreal Competition and I really would like us see enter the third phase, even if it's only with a teaser-trailer.

Modding is no easy task at all. I find that out every time I try doing something for my project. It can be rewarding to see other people get inspired and start discussing features among each others and with me, but these pleasant situations are alway stalled by a lack of art or direction. We are only slowly moving towards a proof of concept, which has a lot to do with the difficulties of imagining the world we create in Rotoscope style.

The shader decision has still not been made, but I'm over the top with work already and I don't want to invest my available time in shader problems, when we still have trouble with the production pipeline. I know it would be better to have everything working from the start, but if we can't get the shader to fit our needs in the end, we still have the option to drop it and revert to realistic looking textures.

A lot of work and many things left to do are no reason to stop working. I can only support the team with fresh art and some artists I recently recruited. It still feels like there is a world out there to draw and I admit I didn't realise that creating a new universe entails to create a whole world, which may not fall appart after looking at it. What we do has to be believable, even in it's immensity.

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tacoo
tacoo Nov 11 2008, 4:55am says:

I don't think you should use some specific shader for the whole thing to turn it into a rotoscope or something, but if UT3 has filters (which I'm quite sure it does) I think you should mess a bit with contrast, saturation and other similar options. That can give you some awesome effects to increase grittyness, make things sterile etc.

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