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Shadowrun: Hong Kong Kickstarter Update #14: Twitch chat, and a first look at the environment art
Development Info - posted by Infinitron on Thu 29 January 2015, 00:52:12Tags: Andrew McIntosh; Harebrained Schemes; Mitch Gitelman; Shadowrun: Hong Kong
While there aren't going to be any exciting new stretch goal announcements for Shadowrun: Hong Kong in the near future, Harebrained Schemes still have a few tricks up their sleeve to liven up the mid-Kickstarter lull. The latest Kickstarter update informs us of a Twitch interview Mitch Gitelman and writer Andrew McIntosh are going to do tomorrow:
There's also a behind-the-scenes look at the work of two of the game's young environment artists, Cassidy and Spencer. What makes this one more interesting than the campaign's previous behind-the-scenes updates is that it comes with some actual content - a first look at one of the game's environments. I quote:
Starting with props from our previous games and sketching on top of them helps us quickly block out a general idea of the space. This concept began with a more traditional style that represented the typical architecture of a traditional "Chinatown" - like peaked roofs and wood panel walls.
Our initial feedback from Mitch and our Art Director, Chris, was that it looked "too touristy" so changes were made to make it feel more down and dirty Shadowrun. This kind of iteration is what makes our work better so we try to squeeze in as many iterations as possible to explore each concept. Just this one concept went through four different iterations before we got to a place where we wanted to move forward!
Once the overall environment is determined and the isometric concept sketch is approved, it’s time to start working on individual props - which really brings a scene to life.
Starting with a list of props and tons of references, we use Photoshop to sketch and paint new environment assets that are specific to Hong Kong. Painting one prop at a time, often we end up with a single Photoshop document filled to the brim with layers of different props which are saved and then placed in a composition like this one. This part is a blast, because we can finally start seeing our world come together one neon sign at a time.
In the GIF below, you can see the process of how we build an environment starting with the sketch, then building a base layer of road, buildings and awnings and then street carts, lights, neon signs, and street trash getting more and more detailed as we go.