Weekly Challenge: Potato

I’ve decided to participate in a weekly challenge hosted by a Blender Discord challenge. My first entry was for the theme of ‘potato’. Here’s Wormothy the wormstronaut in his potato rocket.

I didn’t do much with textures here, which suits Wormothy’s cartoonish look. It was good practice messing with Spline IK constraints, and playing around with Blender’s fire system.


Art Deco Street Lights – Revisted

One thing that really helps an artist keep going is seeing how far they’ve come. In that spirit, I revisted some art deco street lights I made a while back for the Aurora engine, and remade them for use in Unity.

I rebuilt the models with a higher poly-count. The silhouettes of the early versions were fairly jagged, and this has been a great improvement. I also redid the textures for PBR.

My favorite part about these models is probably the filament, which is just an eight sided cylinder, doubled in place so that there are both outward and inward pointing face normals. The normal and opacity maps create the illusion of a wire coiled around this cylinder, all for a quite modest poly count.

Matteri Vineyards Wine Label Final

Here is a 3D rendering of the wine label I designed for the family’s first vintage. The background of the label was inspired by a concept from friend and artist Mike Puncekar, and is a stylized depiction of a vineyard sunset. Future labels will be variations on this theme, with a different stylized background, and potentially a different shape to the border around the center part of the label.


Throwing Hammer

I recently created a throwing hammer for a Neverwinter Nights 2 persistent world, Engines of Ascension.  This unfortunately took me well away from the wonderful world of PBR, as NWN2 only supports diffuse, normal, and greyscale specular maps, but it did afford me the opportunity to use a normal map to beef up an extremely low poly model, though not necessarily by the standards of 2006.

This project has also opened my eyes to where I need to focus on developing my skills. There is some waviness to the normal map which I need to work on in the future, which resulted from lack of supporting edges on the low poly model during the normal bake. There are also some problems on the hemispherical hammerheads, particularly on the corners of the hexagonal back.

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Cabin – Work in Progress

I have been working on a rustic cabin with the final goal of creating a complete scene in Blender. The cabin is mostly complete, so I thought I might throw it up here in the mean time.

I’ve been trying to get a good PBR node set up for Blender, and I’m somewhat happy with what I have here, but there are a still a few bugs I need to work out.

Snow Cabin 001

Snow Cabin 001

Level Design – Environment Art – 3D Modeling