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  • [ASSETS] Speedtree Foliage

    Hiya guys!

    Since a couple of weeks (with a large break in between couple of months) I Started this project to get to know speedtree and to get my foliage to look as good as I could (mainly because I was so inspired by Uncharted 4 foliage and the talks about them from Jacob Norris over on CGSociety.

    I am making slow progress but I just love to experiment with new features and tips/tricks I get along the way.

    Feel free to give me any feedback/critique, I'm trying to get to a point of realism with this, and I know that I can improve a lot! Especially on the lighting of the environment.
    And I am still deciding if I'm gonna put them up on the marketplace or not, but no definitive plans for them as of yet, I just want to improve first and then I can worry bout that

    You can also checkout my Trello board to have a look at what I got planned.
    Suggestions are always welcome.

    Latest screenshot

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    Things I have thinkered around with on this project so far
    • Getting to know dynamic lights, and all the dynamic shadow settings
    • Light propagation volumes (Also know as Dynamic Global Illumination, Experimental feature)
    • Speedtree (had no prior experience with this program)
    • Balancing SSS on foliage material
    • Some plugins for maya to scatter foliage on a surface (painter in maya as well)



    My progress so far, some earlier screenshots as well.

    The initial grass blades, these are still used now, but I plan to bake them down onto a plane to reduce the polycount heavily. But I'm also pondering over trying to lod them out super quickly and see what result this gives me.

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    Some other plants and base blockouts to get an Idea of where I want to go with the direction of these plants,

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    Some SSS testing!

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    Hope this wasn't to much of a wall of text for you guys!

    Thanks for stopping by!
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    Timothy Dries - Graduate Environment Artist


  • #2
    Got some more work done this week!

    I really love this project so far, although, the challenge of doing bark textures is upon me, maybe I'll use substance designer to get me some nice tileables.

    Anyways, thinkered around with some more models, did some updates to the grass (make it less costly) and added textures for palm leaves.
    Was also thinking about logical foliage placement and trying to do something more then just filling everything up with grass like you see in the screen below. That doesn't mean I don't like the screenshot at all, I do think it's nice, but I need to kill my darlings if I want to achieve some sense of realism here (and giving the viewer some guidelines as well)

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    Some water shader test while we are at it, these are actually ones I used in some of the previous projects as well, just trying to give em something more and adding the polish that it needs (and it still needs a lot of it hahaaa )

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    Let me know what you guys think of this! I still have a long way to go, but I am doing it because I want to learn new stuff, explore and mainly have fun!

    Cheers guys!
    Timothy Dries - Graduate Environment Artist

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    • #3
      nice stuff man!
      The Farm - Visit us here !

      https://twitter.com/playthefarm
      https://www.instagram.com/playthefarm/

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      • #4
        Originally posted by mettigel2 View Post
        nice stuff man!
        Cheer man! Glad you like it!

        It has been a while, super busy at work!
        But I am back with an update!

        Started working on a day/night cycle, working on the basics now, not sure if Im going to use the full day tho to present this scene.
        But nevertheless it is something useful I can keep in my asset library and improve upon!



        As well as a screenshot with the updated grass/models/textures.

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        Things I should add? Stuff that looks bad? let me know!
        Cheer!
        Timothy Dries - Graduate Environment Artist

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        • #5
          Did some more work on the lighting, as well as added some more ground/low foliage.
          Also added some initial blockouts for rocks to test the World aligned blend on.

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          My reference at this moment:

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          Still need to add some more ground foliage to vary it up some more as well as make the trees a bit mossier, add some hanging vines and all that stuff.
          Gonna work some more on the lighting and color variation first tho

          If you have any suggestions/comments they are much appreciated.
          Timothy Dries - Graduate Environment Artist

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          • #6
            Great shape work here, but I feel the textures are letting you down! I'd recommend trying out Megascans textures to create these assets- will give you WAY more detail and depth, especially since you'll have all maps scanned. Keep up the good work!
            ARTSTATION: https://www.artstation.com/artist/noisestorm

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            • #7
              Originally posted by EoinOBroin View Post
              Great shape work here, but I feel the textures are letting you down! I'd recommend trying out Megascans textures to create these assets- will give you WAY more detail and depth, especially since you'll have all maps scanned. Keep up the good work!
              Thanks so much for the comment! I have looked at them already and they look amazing, and you work with them is amazing as well (I have them as backgrounds on my work PC haha).
              But that said, I am trying to get a realistic feeling without using megascans and just modelling/sculpting them. And then making the textures for them myself.

              I am working on the textures at the moment to make them more detailed and varied (still need to work on the variance as of yet tho)
              I also did some work on the AO and the lighting in general, And it is looking way better then it was before.

              (Pointers and tips are still appreciated greatly!)

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              I am gonna work a lot more on the textures tho, getting some different colors in there, working on the meshes some more as well.

              Thanks for taking the time to scroll through!
              Timothy Dries - Graduate Environment Artist

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Luxap View Post
                Thanks so much for the comment! I have looked at them already and they look amazing, and you work with them is amazing as well (I have them as backgrounds on my work PC haha).
                But that said, I am trying to get a realistic feeling without using megascans and just modelling/sculpting them. And then making the textures for them myself.

                I am working on the textures at the moment to make them more detailed and varied (still need to work on the variance as of yet tho)
                I also did some work on the AO and the lighting in general, And it is looking way better then it was before.

                (Pointers and tips are still appreciated greatly!)

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                I am gonna work a lot more on the textures tho, getting some different colors in there, working on the meshes some more as well.

                Thanks for taking the time to scroll through!
                Totally respect that decision! Latest screenshot looks great, keep up the good work!
                ARTSTATION: https://www.artstation.com/artist/noisestorm

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by EoinOBroin View Post
                  Totally respect that decision! Latest screenshot looks great, keep up the good work!
                  Cheers man! Thanks for keeping me inspired!

                  Did some more work over the last time, also completely remade my site from scratch and made it easier to keep it up to date.
                  Have a look over at www.timothydries.com.

                  Back to this!

                  Gonna post the latest iteration, currently deciding on the the light angle and getting into the final stages of the scene and then preparing to move onto the next one!

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                  I really like the first one, but I am going to add some finishing touches such as very subtle godrays and some other volumetric stuff as well.
                  Gonna do some other time of day stuff as well and maybe do a flythrough at the end.

                  Let me know what you think!
                  Timothy Dries - Graduate Environment Artist

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                  • #10
                    Finished up this piece, time to move onto the next one!

                    Here are the final shots and some videos as well

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                    And I will also drop a link to my artstation so you can see my upcoming and previous projects as well.
                    Thanks for all the nice feedback and comments guys! Really appreciate it a ton!

                    Cheers,
                    Luxap
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