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2, Issue 10
February 3, 2000
been backlogged with quite a few questions so I thought Id
devote this entire weeks column to just that. Im not
going to have the time to get any critiques in, so Ill do
those next week. So, lets get right at those questions.
by Phil E ([email protected])
about drawing tablets:
wondering what computer drawing pad do you use for making textures
such in Photoshop? Is there a good brand to buy?
never got much into using a drawing tablet (although I had one
sitting on my desk when I was working at Ion Storm), but many
artists do like them and swear by them. I have always thought
the ones by Wacom were quite nice. The bad news is that if you
want to get a nice one like the ones we used at Ion (and the kind
I see many other artists using at other companies), the Intuos
6x8 Graphics Tablet with Pen, for instance, will set you back
a couple of bucks. That baby costs over $300. CompUSAs latest
price was $329.00, in fact. Ouch. So, if that is out of your price
range you may want to look around and see if you can find something
cheaper or simply try to find some reviews written up somewhere
on the Internet that give ratings of drawing tablets.
used a comparitively teeny 4x5 Wacom tablet for years now, and
while the larger ones are certainly nicer, I still don't think
they're necessarily worth the money. It takes some getting used
to, but the smaller tablets (which are at least half the price
- you can easily find one for under $150) work just as well, especially
if you're just getting into digital art.
by Scoll ([email protected])
about 3-D Studio MAX:
of viewmode do you use for editing?
I am switching my viewports constantly (between Top, Front, Left,
Perspective/Camera). I have a camera set up in almost every scene
that I do, but I dont necessarily use it all the time. As
for inside the viewport -- I usually have it set to Smooth + Highlights
and also I quite often have edged faces checked. Sometimes I go
to wireframe, but not very often (it really depends on what Im
creating). Also, I quite often click the Min/Max Toggle button
to extend the current viewport to large view (its the little
button at the bottom right corner of the screen).
by Billynose ([email protected])
about getting into the industry:
currently working on a show-reel of my work, but I was wondering
what type of work impresses potential employers? Should I be doing
Low poly meshes...and if so how many faces...Should I include
a collection of texture tiles? Or would actual full scenes be
more worth while?
is a tough question to answer, actually because it depends on
what kind of job you are going for. If you are going for a 3-D
modeling position you will definitely want to include some low-poly
work. Since technology is advancing all the time, the number of
polys in a mesh that a game can handle is growing too. So, one
way you might want to approach it is by doing a model with a high
poly count, medium poly count and low poly count. This will show
that you are versatile in all areas. As far at the actually number
for a low poly count, you might want to keep it somewhere around
300-800 polys. Again, this really depends on what the model is
that you are making. If you are making a model of a car, then
it is significantly less than if you are making a boss character
or something complex.
you are just going for a texture artist position, then low-poly
modeling might not be the skill they are looking for (although
if you are good at it, I wouldnt hesitate to show an example
or two in your portfolio). A collection of textures is always
good -- thats what I did for my portfolio. But I also included
3-D rendered scenes with my textures on them too.
by Angus "froofy" McCann ([email protected])
about color art:
art in games, what medium is usually used? Is it painting, digital
tablet, or pencil sketch and color added after it is scanned?
The reason I ask is that I have little experience with color.
all kinds of mediums are used for color art in games. All of the
above that you mentioned. Ive seen people scan in acrylic
paintings and use them for backgrounds in games. Usually though,
almost every piece of art that is scanned in needs some level
of clean up in Photoshop. For things like textures, the majority
of it comes from working in Photoshop or Painter using the plain
old mouse or drawing (digital) tablet. If it is concept art, then
a lot of the time people do pencil drawings which are scanned
in and color is added over top in Photoshop. They dont necessarily
add the color straight over the pencil lines but many times use
the pencil lines as a separate layer that they can see at the
bottom as a guide. Its really up the artists own style,
the way, Angus, I will be getting to your critique you sent in
on the next issue of Painting on Polygons. That also goes for
Orlin too. Orlin, I apologize that it has been so long since you
first submitted and I havent posted it yet.
to say thank you to everyone who sent in questions. Its
nice to know that my advice has been helpful. Thanks.
Rick "Flatness" Grossenbacher works on Gameboy Color
games for Vicarious Visions.
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