Hello there! Back once again after meeting some intense deadlines, progress hasn't really stopped on our end. So I thought this was a good as time as any to talk about some of the texture work for Super Street Skate!
The image above shows the standard template for both male and female characters, the male however has had the second round of texture improvements. (More visible on the jeans) The block colour style is developing nicely and even at this stage, with only a little ambient occlusion it looks great.
The benefit of using block colours is that it hides/smooths out some of the topology but keeps the sharp edges, the models themselves actually look a fair bit different within Unity then as they do in Blender. The combination of a different renderer and shaders give us more flexibility with how the final outcome will look.
However this also shows the consistent model style across possible genders, the polygon count is around the same mark and gives us enough to work with when it comes to animation.
Just to give another slightly more detailed example, we have the Goopmen! Originally we had started with a solid green goop colour but when a model is a solid colour some additional detail is needed. After searching through a load of reference images of slime or goop, it allowed me to recreate slime in a more stylised way. Below you can see the actual texture sheet for the Goopman.
I would quite like the final model to be somewhat transparent, including some smaller models to be placed inside the goopman to give the illusion of different levels of consistency. Once again, that is something that will be handled with shaders within Unity, but once again the model/texture looks great without anything additional! One of the next big texture reworks is for the Radiation Monster Boss, which still has the block green colours.
As always, let me know what you guys think of our current models and style!
Perhaps there are certain T-shirt designs you could recommend or would want to see recreated in Super Street Skate! Be sure to keep an eye out for another blog post coming this week.