Saturday, July 23, 2011

Werewolf progress

The werewolf has been finished for a while now. But I wanted to comment on a couple of things I had to deal with in the making of the wolf.

Location: Forest of Silence

The main problem I had with the original werewolf was basically that, while he was pretty scary, he felt more like a ghost than a werewolf to me since the thing jumps around so much it's pretty hard to make out what it is you're fighting. I decided early on that I wanted to change his color palette to brown to make him stand out more.

I remembered seeing stills of the movie Dog Soldiers (which I haven't seen btw, just screens) and I liked the idea of basically having a big muscled guy with a wolf head as a werewolf to give him more of a physical presence. I also thought this would highlight that essentially you are fighting a monster that at some point was human. So that was my early approach to retexturing.

However a couple people at Emutalk advised me to keep him as hairy as possible since otherwise it wouldn't be a werewolf.

I did cheat a bit with actually making him "hairy" though since the only thing I did was change the color of his body to brown.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Dining room in the Villa level

For some reason I always liked this room. Although the cutscene with the villager always scared me as a kid.
I'm taking time frame into account when choosing paintings (unless I made them myself of course).

I thought the Vanitas (Jacob de Gheyn, 1603) was a good fit opposite the mirror. For the larger painting I wanted something with a lot of detail to take advantage of the higher resolution. The Triumph of Death (Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1562) seemed appropriate. I'm also considering placing the rip of the original texture into the painting but currently I'm planning on having another ripped painting elsewhere in the level.

In some place I really want to include a painting of Shanoa from Order of Ecclessia to somewhat tighten the timeline. If I finish it it will likely look somewhat like this, although for reasons of copyright I'd probably make the picture myself instead of using official art.