1970's Polish Milk Bar #001 WIP

Making Of / 14 October 2021


It's about time I finally post something on here! 

I was looking at some articles online and I found some really cool images of milk bars in Poland during the PRL era. They usually served cheap and fast served food and were set up by the government to serve the workers of the socialist country. There were thousands of these across the country but this specific one with super extremely yellow walls caught my attention.

Started by gathering some reference mostly for the room and window layout as I will create another one for assets later down the line.


Started blocking out the first pass using proxy meshes. 


Now I am slowly going through the scene and filling it up with assets that I am gathered references for. A lot of the materials are WIP but I like to get them in quite early to get a feeling for the general phase. Created some tile materials in substance designer and a few different colour variations as well. 

Initially, I was quite cautious about the yellow in the walls, but after receiving some feedback from my colleagues I decided to go quite bold with the colours and make it own the space.




Experience Points and DiNusty Cyberpunk Challenge #001

Making Of / 10 February 2020

Challenge Outline

Today is the start of the Experience Points and DiNusty Environment Challenge and I thought I will try to create something for it. I have learnt of Experience Points and DiNusty very recently but so far the content and support you can receive on the website and the Discord is amazing - I recommend that everybody joins!

The theme of the challenge is 'Cyberpunk' and we have been kindly provided with some references and concepts as a starting point. In all honesty, I have never been comfortable in creating sci-fi/cyberpunk designs so I feel this project will push some of my boundaries and comfort zones. I have a huge appreciation for Japanese architecture and culture which has always amazed me with it's simplicity and pragmatism. The scene will be completed within Unreal Engine 4. 


Planning

Whilst looking at the concepts, I have came across this piece of art by Jose Vega (ArtStation) and I instantly fell in love in the simplicity and feeling. What I liked the most about it is that it's not overly grungy and sci-fi like a lot of the other ones are but has a more future-realistic approach. I have decided to take this as a initial idea and work from it towards creating a moodboard and developing on it. 




For my moodboarding and planning i have used PureRef. It's super easy to move stuff around and organise it and the navigation is super fast and easy. I have began organising my inspirations based on the topic such as composition, lighting etc. I have looked at inspiration in video games (Mirror's Edge, Deus Ex,Cyberpunk 2077) and films such as Blade Runner, Akira and some other 80's futuristic anime's. The main takeaway from them is the architecture, technology and patterns that will allow me to create interesting models and trims. I have been greatly inspired by Liam Wong's photography for lighting and composition. Another part of this photography is the element of realism that we have to apply to these environments to make them feel lived in and weathered. I have also started working on some breakdowns in regards to modularity so that I can make this scene scaleable if needed, which is important to do early on to make sure you know what things you need to work on instead of just guessing. Next step is creating a blockout!



Blockout Phase

I have started to create a simple blockout kit in Maya using the shapes and designs I have seen in the concepts and reference images. I have decided to create a few shapes and variations to give me the most flexibility when it comes to creating interesting buildings. I have imported it all in Unreal and started to block out shapes. 

I really liked the concept of the subway exit but I wanted to make it my own - I want to incorporate the interesting designs of large buildings that we can see in Tokyo with so many lights and neons bouncing off. Having tall high-rise buildings also gives for a more interesting composition that. 


  


To cap the environment making sure that it does not go on forever, I found some inspiration when looking through images of Asakusabashi Station when it was in renovation. The station has a bit of the wall ripped out revealing the supporting arches and I feel that will work quite well to break up the cubic nature of the envrionment.