CONCEPT ART- WHAT’S YOUR STYLE?
Set in 1928, ‘The Unknown Patient’ is a real-time interactive VR story based on the remarkable true story of a man who was lost and forgotten for twelve years in a mental asylum and how the search to find his true identity brought hope to a nation in mourning.
A COUPLE OBSERVATIONS
A QUICK LOOK INTO OUR PROCESS The above image was one of the first boards the concept artist envisioned. I loved it but we found that it was too steeped in realism and also completely impractical with the scope of our project. This would be insanely expensive once we moved into Alpha. We also thought we wanted to experiment a bit more in creating something that represented the patients mind and how he saw the world. So we went back to some of Richards earlier work, simplified things, and decided to explore a more painterly aesthetic. Playing with the gestures of the art itself started to bring in new ideas and accents to the piece itself. It was in this moment that the style began to become symbolic of his world and we began to find new meanings within the piece. We found ourselves embracing the limitation and it started to inspire other ideas within the dev team and how the shaders might react to the world (a post on shaders some other time). We began to mock up some samples on how the world might begin to tear away as he encounters memories of his past. Concept art is an evolving form but if you don't have a basis to start and understand the scope of a project you can become dangerously lost in the details. We were happy with the above concept art and found that it best represents the style we were looking for and that it was enough for the dev and 3D artists to latch on to. I really loved the collaborative effort of working with a concept artist and although when you're. Now onto the next stage. Beta. Where 3D artists, sound designers, and the dev team begin building the world and bringing their own flavours into it.
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