Daggerfall Fan Art - Finalization

31 January 2018

Well, 25 days passed after the first entry of this project.

I think this was the most complicated scene I created in a way of texturing and modeling. But most important than that, this was "the" project that make me feel like "now I'm free" when I completed. Not because of tiring, because I wanted badly to do something about Daggerfall by using my expertise on the CG field for a way long time. And I'm very happy about the result that I can no longer have that need for now (not sure if it recur). It is the ultimate satisfaction for me about this kind of inspirations. 

Anyway, this project was great excercise for me to achieve some results with different softwares and different approaches. Actually I tried too many ways to get sculpted geometry by parametric texturing (like on the walls, crystal bottle, bottle wicker or sword ornaments). Some of them may be look like primal but I can clearly say that it saved great amount time to not sculpting the detail but creating Substance materials of them. Also as a statistician, creating something with parameters and algorithms is the easiest and direct way for me. 

I learned how to handle massive scenes by controlling polygon count and texture loads because of the limitations of GPU rendering. 

One of the best achievemernt of this project was to move back and forth on different phases of the workflow and solve the problems without losing time. Like changing UVs after painting the model (reverse baking), modeling minimum geometry and create variations with same texture files without multiplying load on the memory etc.

So this is the end of this project. That was the great moment of my life to work on this Fan Art. Thanks for everyone that supported me while working on it.


All blog entries of the project:

1.Introduction

2.Coins

3.Candles

4.Bottles - Part1

4.Bottles - Part2

4.Bottles - Part3

4.Bottles - Part4

5. Wood and Stone Works

6. Models Created So Far

7. Fireplace

8. Metalworks - Part1

8. Metalworks - Part2

9. "Paperworks"

10. Clay Bottles and Pots










Elder Scrolls Chapter 2: Daggerfall - Still Life Project - 10. Clay Bottles and Pots

30 January 2018

I created an adjustible clay material with Substance Designer for some additional clay pot and bottles. 

You can watch the adjustment steps by this video:

I imported this material to substance painter to paint variated objects:

Finally all assets are ready and imported to the scene for good. Now I'm rendering final shots of the scene and will render bunch of close-up shots to show details of these assets. I hope you'll like the result. I will share through my artstation page and create one final blog entry to cover up this project steps. 

See you soon!

Cem

Elder Scrolls Chapter 2: Daggerfall - Still Life Project - 9. "Paperworks"

30 January 2018

Books and parchment work is completed. 

I created 3 different book and 4 additional book back for the shelf line. 

First book is a Daedra Summoning book which is very important in the game that you can get artifects by completing the quest given you by the specific Daedra you summon. Writing on the cover is created by the Daedric Font which can be found over internet. 

Second book is a populer book series in the game "Bioghraphy of Queen Barenziah" and the 3rd one is a nameless book but it has one specific mark on it. Mark of my favorite metal music band: Pentagram. 

After painting additional books backs, I tiled the books on the shelf and added geometric random color node the vary the color channel of the books.

Test renders are as follows:

Then I modeled letter and parchment scrolls with Modo and painted textures with Substance Painter. For the letter object, I copied the text of the first letter player receives in the game, which starts the main quest after player escapes from the first dungeon. The letter from Lady Brisienna.

So, I decided to sum up this project for the sake of the polygon count witch already reached up to 42 million polys and with the texture load it became very painful to load and render the scene with my humble computer. So i will add one final clay material and create bottles and pots through it. Then I will share the final renders after final touches. 

See you soon with the Clay entry!

Elder Scrolls Chapter 2: Daggerfall - Still Life Project - 8. Metalworks - Part2

26 January 2018

Hi, 

Welcome to the 2.nd part of metal works on Daggerfall Still Life Project. I will share the modeling and texturing details of the following objects:

  • Mug and cup
  • Letter holder
  • Dagger

a. Mug and Cup

As I modeled barrels earlier It would be nice to add some Mug and Cup to the scene, especially for the wine barrel on the left side of the table. I used Modo and Substance Painter.



b. Letter Holding Case

This model has a huge importance for the scene. Because I will add a letter (guess which letter!) to the table which is holding the main focus of the final scene. This holding case has some brass inlaid ornaments on it. Which I created by the Turkish ornament figures from the book of Hüsnü Züber. This letter case is carried by Imperial Courier's to deliver certain messages of the royal family to the concernees.


3. Dagger

This was the best part of the project. Because knowing these items from all FRP games, I wasn't aware of how a good dagger should be made by. I ended up with too many trial & errors on this one but finally get the result I want in almost 7 hours total. 


I can clearly say that my model geometry was very weak on detail but Substance Painter saved my butt there because on the grip of the dagger, It was great to control such layers with maskes and filters like we do on Substance Designer. Such a flexibility on a painting software is surprised me!


I love the shine on the dagger. These test renders are the most interesting ones I suppose:



I hope you like it.

Here is the road map so far:

  1. Coins (done)
  2. Candles (done)
  3. Bottles (done)
  4. Wood and Stone Works (done)
  5. Metal Works (done)
  6. Paper Works
  7. Cloth Works
  8. Clay Works (Final Bonus)
  9. Finalizing scene setup, object placements and lighting

I hope this will end well :)

Farewell,

C.

Elder Scrolls Chapter 2: Daggerfall - Still Life Project - 8. Metalworks - Part1

23 January 2018

Hello! This update contains the following items:

  • Candelabra
  • Torch
  • Lantern

All of them have emitting feature and very importan for the general feeling of the scene. I modeled all of them within Modo. It was great practice for a modeler like me who didn't use polygon modeling techniques for a long time. Well, I'ven been into Cad for a long time.

a. Candelabra

Modo + Substance Painter resulted well. Creating details with substance painter is the extreme joy of this project!

b. Torch

I will use these wall mounted torches fot the general interior lighting purposes. I like the shadows and highlights created on the stone.



c. Lantern

Lanterns are very commonly spotted on the game. The game version looks like it has some cover on the panels for soft lighting. I prefered the glass ones.


Next I will model and share these models:

  • Letter holding case
  • Dagger & sword
  • Cup and mug

See you next time!

Elder Scrolls Chapter 2: Daggerfall - Still Life Project - 7. Fireplace

21 January 2018

Fireplace creates a nice medieval touch on this genre. So I love the feeling of the light touches the stones from fireplace. It still need some animal hide in front of the fire but I will consider that objects on cloth phase of the project.

As I mentioned on my last post, I created a fireplace by simple Substance graph and as a map, not model.  I created 2 alternatives. First one was using ground texture as a base stone tile, bu it looked like more fictional and didn't comply with the wall texture. So I decided to create the fireplace with using the wall stone texture. Both versions are below:

After exporting the sbsar file, I used the material on a simple low-poly fireplace model I created on Modo. I added a chimney line above it. 
Finally used a transparent fire image on multiple planes and added some logs over it to create emitting part.

I'm adding the results so far. Now I can go over the metal works which will be an interesting part of this project.

(By the way, I added logs under the ceiling with a little tweaking on my wood substance).

See you next time,

C.

Elder Scrolls Chapter 2: Daggerfall - Still Life Project - 6. Models Created So Far

19 January 2018

Finally I combined whole models to get test renders by a quick setup. Here are the results for the approximate route I want to follow on this project. I will create one more stonework: fireplace!! This will be the most interesting part of the project because I want to create the fireplace as a one Substance. 

After the fireplace, I will be on the metalworks. Will share the updates as soon as I model and paint the following objects (list may be expand):

  • Letter holder tube
  • An iron dagger
  • A lantern/lamp
  • Candle stick or chandelier (this word still reminds the TV series "Friends"!)
  • Goblet

Hope you like these test renders. I'm getting excited more and more each day I work on this project!


Elder Scrolls Chapter 2: Daggerfall - Still Life Project - 5. Wood and Stone Works

18 January 2018

I created wood and stone substances to mimic Daggerfall ambient a bit further. I mostly inspired from the game textures and sprites I spot on the game. Here are some of them:


For most of the wood work, I used my previous wood Substance that I created for Railroad project. This time I have tweaked some color and wood texture setings. Finally I used these combinations on Barrels and Table models.

Stone wall texture was hard to create for me. I didn't like the whole stone patterns I get, by combining different procedural patterns. Finalley I made some progress and get acceptible results. Also I blended same wood plank material between the stone tiles.

I consider this phase as a 50 percent of this project. After these models, my next step is to create some specific metal work. I will update this blog but before doing that, I'm going to combine the models and textures I created so far to get some test renders and share them with you. This attempt will form some part of my final scene. 

See you, then.

Cem

Elder Scrolls Chapter 2: Daggerfall - Still Life Project - 4.Bottles - Part4

15 January 2018

One last addition to the bottles of this project is the cut crystal glass potion bottles which holds expensive potions on most FRP universes. 

These glasses mostly produced as tea glasses, whiskey bottles etc. 

I created the material in Substance Designer as fully procedural, tileable and in 4k resolution. I used circular splatter node often and created checker tiled textures over it.


I created one another bottle shape, UVd in Modo and painted the texture with Substance Painter. I created some roughness and opacity changes through height information using new anchor technology and finally exported the textures.

Using textures on Octane Override materials in Modo, I created the dispersion effects and overal displacement and opacity controls. After providing acceptible results I get the following renders. 

Because of these are just test renders, I hold the sampling level low to save time. Sorry for the grainy results. 

Hope you like it. Good bye!


Elder Scrolls Chapter 2: Daggerfall - Still Life Project - 4.Bottles - Part3

11 January 2018

While trying to get some ornament patterns with mathematical functions (I still didn't achieved any acceptible progress anyway), I get into creating some wicker pattern with Substance Designer. I wanted to use this material on new bottles and wanted to create a basket with it. Wickers has very common use on these areas. So, why not?

Material design took almost 1 day. But it was really great to have this material. I know, it is done by too many artists already (click here to see), but I didn't get into any tutorials or artists' projects because of to create a unique one. By judging to my final result I can say that it is unique but not the best. Regarding to one of my favorite Substance Designer users, Peter Sekula had created the ultimate one, I suppose :)

Luckily my version has a paint feature as it is a first on this material. This video shows the parameter changes and effects of the material.

Hope you like it. See you soon!

Some screenshots, and low sampled test renders...