Tables in, landings out.

Work In Progress / 04 November 2021

I'm going to focus more on the interior for a while, fill up the table. I modeled the bench and table today. You can also see today's updated landing, with a new trim, and a set of basic UVs applied. I also adjusted the fabric's tiling to reduce the bulkiness of the curtains.

Capt'n! We're givin' her everything we got!

Work In Progress / 03 November 2021

I'm happy. Things are starting to look the way I'd like. In particular, I'm struck again by how helpful it was to have JBKappirossi help me set up a nice skylight. This sunrise shot is so beautiful.

The net meshes being added here are a huge deal! After several days of failing I finally got it to work the way I want, which is even better than initially planned. The net is dynamic due to using Maya 2022's Sweep functionality. I can change the geometry provided I save the curves. I used a Python script made by Schocki on Gumroad to connect the curve vertices while still keeping the curves separate. Make sure your curves all have the same pivot prior to running the script or you will get undesirable results. Thank you to Will Chambers for pointing me to the script, all of my netty plans hinged on that functionality working.

Here is a closeup on the preliminary net in Unreal. I believe it adds a lot to the scene.

A bit further out now.

Excited! Looking forward to tomorrow, and to sleeping tonight. G'night.

Sweep Curve Maya 2022

General / 28 October 2021 useful and yet so frustrating to use. I am currently updating from Maya 2020 to Maya 2022 for the Sweep Curve command. Wish me luck, pray the bugs are rare.

I can now use paracord to make a net.

Work In Progress / 26 October 2021

Today I've created netting for my shop, to catch all the wayward children, or clumsy adults. Wouldn't want anyone meeting an untimely doom at the bottom of a waterfall would we now?

I include the video showing how to create your own knots down below. While it is relatively easy in technique, I find it a bit clunky. I think that my friend Niehc had it right when he used a nurbs circle to do this rather than the polygon faces as I've done. I'll see if that doesn't work a bit smoother tomorrow morning. 


How to make a net using paracord for the survivalists and other curious folk.

How to tie a knot and draw curves onto geometry in Maya

Pinky Pie Sky - Updates to the Divination Moon shop!

Work In Progress / 25 October 2021

Updates on the Unreal environment I've been working on. Thanks to JBKappirossi I switched my lighting and sky sphere. It's the biggest update to the scene. Smaller updates include the mesh room divider modelled out and a quick update of the main buttress supporting the landing platform.

Since I last posted you can also see updates to the wine jars (barrels) on the left side.

The divider has some nice details, I considered just baking to a plane but decided against it. I really want to see the lighting responding to the gaps in the divider.

I updated the landing buttress, but because it isn't very visible in most of my shots you can't really tell. I wanted to move the piece further away from block-out stage and the chonky buttress was getting old.

EDIT: Woah, a few more updates than I realized to this between now and the last one. There are also improved giant planters, and giant nasturtium leaves in the planters. Probably a few more pieces snuck in there too, I've been busy.

Basic anthurium plant in - foliage fears

Work In Progress / 20 September 2021

I adore plants, study them in my leisure time, doesn't matter where I live, I'm going to find that interpretive trail and hike it to find out the local environment. Given that, I've been intimidated by the process of creating plants for games. There are quite a few steps, modeling or sculpting the plant, baking high to low poly, texturing, bringing it all back into your modeling program to place cards, fixing the normals, and then finally importing into engine. This wasn't what I expected when starting my voyage towards mastering the art of 3d foliage.

I do love plants and I'm relieved to have gotten past the technical hurdles on this Anthurium. It needs lots of work, but the plant is in and I feel victorious. Next I'll get some giant nasturtium in there to fill out the planters.

Here is the latest.

Unreal Scene - Highly Flammable Divination Moon Shop

Work In Progress / 17 September 2021

I received a great deal of support from the Unreal Slackers community on Discord <3 There are so many of you who have helped me progress on this project, thank you! 

Bear with me now, it is my bedtime. Adam Dencker, here is that asset gym you wanted to see. It is coming along, lots of lamps.

Here is the updated lamp now in the scene. Mmm, relaxing modeling.

Not a great picture, but that is because the only other one I have is a huge change to my scene!

I decided my scene was struggling from some foundational issues, namely it wasn't grounded in space, the colors were all too saturated which lead them to confuse the viewer. So I took some time to draw over the top and resolve some of the problems.

I then revised materials, and used a Quixel cliff rock to anchor the piece in place and removed all distracting elements from the scene background, including my banyan tree :( 'twas a sad moment.

But paid off.

And while I may not get the waterfall shaders in for a while, I have a good idea of how to do them so I've decided to add it in. The light value underneath the building helps to make it look as if it is floating and light.

I'm pleased with my studies so far. My next jump is going to be checking out the modeling plug ins in Unreal that might allow me to block out a scene in engine. That step would save a lot of import/export time in my workflow.

Have a great night, I'm going offline for system maintenance.

It's curtains for you!

Work In Progress / 14 September 2021

Working on cloth simulations in Maya for the curtains in my scene. I didn't realize quite how long it would take but I now have a fairly acceptable base curtain for my scene in Unreal. Now I'm thinking how to shade it so that it has a gossamer quality.

I also added in some point lights to the interior so that I could start seeing a little of the hanging lanterns in the scene. I want to model them out but more important right now is to get the materials and the vegetation in. Specifically, need to put in time on making the material for the roof in Substance. Not entirely sure how it will tile so I'll need to start out really basic.

I'm also struggling on the crates a bit. I'll get there.

You can see the curtains in engine below.

Hey, Adam, I didn't get a chance to take shots of my asset gym yet. It's on the list.

Mmmm, modular design...

Work In Progress / 05 September 2021

I want to switch gears to creating textures, but first I modeled out the planter, began work on the ropework of the nets, and imported the arch tracery into the Unreal map. 

Tracery, I just adore some lovely tracery!

Work In Progress / 04 September 2021

Mhm, that fancy wood carving bit around the windows/cabinets/stainedglass, or is often the case, stonework, tracery. My home is gradually evolving into a castle full of the stuff, I might have to tone it down...but not today!

Here is the updated Divination Moon Shop! Two big updates

I imported all models into Unreal Engine.

This took me a while as I individually brought each mesh to the origin in Maya, deleted the history, and exported to FBX for Unreal. (Do you prefer obj or fbx for your Unreal scenes?) Then I placed them on top of the original block out that was imported a big single mesh. This is great, because I'm at the point where I can work on the asset gym and just reimport the mesh with new texture/detail/materials etc.

Asset gym imported meshes below.

And then the tracery my dear, yes the tracery.

First, I sketched on top of the concept in Procreate to get a feel for how I interpreted the structure.

With confidence that the idea was functional, I modeled it in simple planes. This reduced the amount of geo to work with and sped up the process. I could easily move meshes backwards and forwards to get the desired overlapping interactions.

I delayed adding this because while it is important it seemed like a bit of luxury detail focus. I specifically waited until the larger shapes were in, and the bulk of the less exciting elements were blocked out.

I adore the way the tracery block out looks. It adds much needed heart and soul to the model.

EDIT: It is a bit late and I'm checking off for some delightful sleep. I forgot to include the beautiful original concept by Lok Du, so, rather hurriedly tossed in, here you go!