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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SinKing Jan 30 2013 says:

I think my next iteration will look nicer. I'll do a different color for the inner and outer shell, first of all. I didn't realize they look so simlar.

My hopes are that with lightmaps fixed, I'll no longer have these ugly black seams. I'll surely tweak the texture in a few areas.

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booman Jan 31 2013 says:

Looking really nice! I love the worn concrete texture!

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I didn't mean to sound smug. I do work under NDA, but I still make a lot of mistakes. I'm working on a better understanding of the different modules.

One big difficulty is figuring out the resolution of the lowpoly.
I went a bit too low on this one perhaps, even though it is still roughly 1100 polygons. I'll post a picture of the wireframe, too.

The entire process works out like this for me:

Blockout > High Poly > Low Poly > UVmap > Smoothing Groups from Uv islands > Triangulate > Cage > Bake > UDK > Texture

Once I understand the purpose of each step and did it a few times,I get a deeper understanding for what is missing. I had planned to make a trim for the bottom of the pillar anyway, but this model has lightmap issues. The going back and forth fixing is also a bit unnerving, but got a lot less.

Jan 30th, 2013
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