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Old 03-17-2014, 12:13 PM
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Default Grim Misadventure #41: From Concept to Art

Hello again, denizens of Cairn! Itís that time of the year again for a Grim Misadventure. This one is full of pretty images for your ocular organs to peruse, prefaced by many words describing how those pretty images came to be.

Grim Dawn has many unique items for you to discover, and their power must be equally matched by their visual presentation. You may have noticed that some of our 1-30 level-range epics still use placeholder art (Blackwood Wand, Iím looking at you). That is all about to change. Our artists have returned to itemization to bring these stragglers to release-ready state. You can expect this effort to extend into the 30-50 range as well now that many of you are collecting those epics for the first time.

The creation of an itemís visuals is a multi-step process. It usually begins with the designer deciding upon an itemís name and stats, then providing the artists with a rough idea of what the item should look like. Sometimes, this step is reversed, where an artist has an idea for an item visually and the designer than wraps stats and a name around this description.

The artists then take the description to create a concept. This serves as a frame of reference when the item is modeled. Once drafted, the concept art goes through a brief review where it may be adjusted based on how it will present within the game. We have to consider things such as the angle at which you view an item as well as the camera distance. Sometimes details that look great in concept turn out muddy within the game. This is the point where we predict such issues and fix them, before the item even goes into the modeling step.

Once the concept has been approved, the item is modeled and textured. The modeling step attempts to replicate the concept art, but sometimes changes are necessary to avoid clipping into the character model or to enhance details that would otherwise not show up very clearly in the game engine.

Finally, if applicable, the item has special effects applied. This can be anything from a roaring flame to trapped spirits escaping from a bladeís edge. The product of this chain is what you see in the game!

Below are some examples of the before and after of our process. You may recognize these items from your collection, though by name only!

Blood Carver



Bloodreaperís Claw



Curse of Burrwitch



The Eye



That wraps up todayís update! You can look forward to our next grim misadventure on 03/31/2014!
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:35 PM
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We need a jawdropping smiley. These models are beautiful. Artists must be granted with immeasureable amounts of beer, or any drink of their desire. 'Tis only fair.
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:36 PM
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that is a nice update and I do like updates like these, as they go deeper into how a game gets made and the processes around that. so nice update and I love the concept art and the final versions,
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:39 PM
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These models are beautiful. If this is anything to go on in relation to the final edits for all items, Grim Dawn is going to be a spectacle for the eyes - I never had a doubt but the effort is definitely not going unnoticed nor unappreciated!

Well done, guys and keep up the immensely amazing work!

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Old 03-17-2014, 12:51 PM
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one thing that Im not totally 100% on is the eye, the telescopic sight could be a touch longer at the barrel end, of course its not really going to make any difference in game, but if you compare to say this image

http://www.berdansharpshooter.org/target_scopes.htm

as the concept image of the eye looks a bit better and does have a longer telescopic site then the final version,

just a small nickpick, otherwise, all the imges look awesome,
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:54 PM
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Fascinating design! The last two ranged weapons are amazing!
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one thing that Im not totally 100% on is the eye, the telescopic sight could be a touch longer at the barrel end
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sometimes changes are necessary to avoid clipping into the character model
An example of this.
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wow....nice looking items.
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An example of this.
ok that makes sense, whoops sorry, not that it will make a big impact anyway, but thanks for that.
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i really love uniques art in GD

i hope we'll see these changes in B18 !
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