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Unity Game Dev Courses: Art

Authors: Winston Powell, Justin Marshall, Eddie Russell, Dan John Cox, Mark Butler, David Kegg, Alex Stead

Game development contains a broad range of disciplines. Now that you are familiar with the Unity Game Engine, you’re going to need art assets to deliver the vision of your next... Read more

Beginner

Learn the principles of creating stunning concept pieces for game environments and hero characters. This group of courses will get you comfortable working with concept art and have you move on to modeling and texturing game environments.

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Game Character Concept Design Fundamentals

by David Kegg

Feb 16, 2018 / 1h 40m

Beginner • 1h 40m

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Game Character Concept Design Fundamentals is a beginner's guide for creating characters for a video game development pipeline. In this course, Game Character Concept Design Fundamentals, you'll learn the entire process of basic character concept design. First, you will explore everything from preliminary research to idealization. Next, you will discover silhouettes and rough sketches. Finally, you will learn how to do final rendering and creating an orthographic sheet ready for 3D modeling. By the end of this course, you'll have a better understanding game character concept designs. Software required: Photoshop CC.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 36s
  2. Introduction: Basic Concepts, Project Parameters, and Research
    14m 7s
  3. Thumbnails: Designing with Shape and Silhouette
    20m 21s
  4. Roughs: Interior Shapes and Design
    10m 40s
  5. Final: Rendering and Basic Color
    33m 54s
  6. Turnaround: Model Reference Sheet
    19m 38s
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Game Environment Concept Design

by Alex Stead

Mar 19, 2018 / 3h 26m

Intermediate • 3h 26m

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Have you ever had a killer game idea, but didn't have the proper concept art to show off the scenes you envision? If so, Game Environment Concept Design is the course for you. First, you'll discover how sketch out your idea. Second, you'll explore the setup for 3D. Finally, you'll learn how to paint over and finish up. When you complete Game Environment Concept Design you should have a solid throne room concept finished and have the skills to go forward and start conceptualizing your fantasy world. Required Software: Sketchup 2018

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 18s
  2. Sketch Idea
    20m 59s
  3. Setup for 3D
    32m 59s
  4. Getting into the 3D Details
    57m 21s
  5. Paintover Preparation
    10m 12s
  6. Time to Paint
    25m 18s
  7. Painting at the Medium Level
    22m 57s
  8. Time for the Details
    35m 50s
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Creating Game Environments in Unity and Maya

by Dan John Cox

Mar 15, 2018 / 2h 28m

Beginner • 2h 28m

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Game environment art requires skill from many disciplines and a careful balance of small-scale detail with big picture impact. This course, Creating Game Environments in Unity and Maya, will show you how to think and act like an environment artist, breaking out of the mentality to simply focus on single items and throwing them into a scene. First, you will examine the basics of environment modeling concepts and fundamentals. Next, you’ll focus in on how to iteratively incorporate many elements into a larger scene and beyond. Last, you’ll create a rendered scene that respects asset reuse, tiling textures, and Unity plugins. By the end this course, you’ll not only have an understanding of how to create a dynamic fantasy scene for games inside Unity but also the knowledge to iteratively incorporate many elements into a larger scene and beyond. Software Required: Unity and Maya.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 26s
  2. Game Environment Creation Fundamentals
    25m 7s
  3. Scene Conceptualization and Implementation
    47m 6s
  4. Modeling and Tiling Textures
    44m
  5. Hero Assets and Scene Analysis
    31m 2s
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Creating Game Environment Textures with Substance Suite

by Dan John Cox

Mar 15, 2018 / 3h 25m

Intermediate • 3h 25m

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The game environment texturing pipeline is drastically changing since the introduction of the Substance Designer and Painter Suite, and it can be daunting to adapt to. This course, Creating Game Environment Textures with Substance Suite, will help you transition into these modern texturing workflows. First, you’ll build out stylized shapes both traditionally and procedurally. Then, you’ll create all the necessary maps for use in Unity. Last, you’ll reuse these textures iteratively on multiple assets inside both Substance Designer and Painter. By the end of this environment texturing course, you’ll have a solid understanding of current industry pipelines, while still maintaining the quality and techniques of traditional texturing by using Zbrush in conjunction with Substance Suite. Software required: Substance Designer, Substance Painter.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 30s
  2. Substance Designer Fundamentals
    1h 5m 8s
  3. Color, Detail, and PBR in Substance Designer
    1h 15m 42s
  4. Trim Sheets and Reuse in Substance Designer
    41m 32s
  5. Texturing Environment Art in Substance Painter
    21m 32s

Intermediate

In this group of courses you will focus on referencing the concept art to model game props and game characters. Next, you will retopologize and texture the hero character to practice skills in the game development pipeline.

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Game Prop Modeling Fundamentals

by Dan John Cox

Dec 20, 2016 / 4h 21m

Beginner • 4h 21m

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Props are the various object players will inevitably interact with in games, from small cans and papers, to show stopping "hero props" like dynamic machines and traps or devices. These things add life and energy to game worlds and help provide context. In this course, Game Prop Modeling Fundamentals, you will first learn how to model a detailed high polygon prop inside 3ds Max and Zbrush. Next, you'll try your hand at designing unknown elements of a prop without guidance. Finally, you'll learn to work within the expected game constraints to save time and increase quality. When you're finished with this course, you'll understand what goes into creating a high poly game prop and be able to do it yourself. Software require: 3ds Max 2017, ZBrush.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    59s
  2. Blocking In
    42m 56s
  3. Designing the Unknown
    53m 31s
  4. Preparing for Zbrush
    48m 47s
  5. Sculpting Fundamentals
    1h 1m 58s
  6. Sculpting Details
    53m 23s
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Game Character Sculpting in ZBrush

by Justin Marshall

Feb 16, 2018 / 4h 37m

Beginner • 4h 37m

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Once a character design has been settled on, the first step in getting that character into your Unity game is often sculpting the model. Probably the best tool around for creating these highly detailed sculpts is ZBrush. In this course, Game Character Sculpting in ZBrush, you’ll learn to use ZBrush to create the hero character from the Unity game, Swords and Shovels. Working from the ground up, you’ll start by creating the initial armature using a very flexible tool called ZSpheres. From there, you’ll learn to use several of ZBrush’s powerful sculpting brushes to edit the geometry at its base and to begin sculpting in all the character’s musculature and detail. Next, you’ll also learn to stylize your model and to create things like clothing and accessories by extracting geometry from existing shapes. When you're finished with this ZBrush course, you’ll have learned the process of creating a sculpted character from start to finish. But even though we’re building a dwarf, you’re not just learning to build one character. So sprinkled in along the way, you’ll get challenges that will allow you to see that what you’ve learned can apply to many different kinds of characters. Let’s start with the first module by looking at our artwork, creating a plan, and creating our ZSphere armature. Software required: Zbrush.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 24s
  2. Creating a Base Mesh
    33m 32s
  3. Creating the Initial Sculpt
    1h 2m 9s
  4. Detailing and Stylizing
    58m 24s
  5. Sculpting the Clothing
    1h 2m 38s
  6. Adding Accessories
    36m 15s
  7. Final Detailing
    23m 17s
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Retopologizing Game Characters in Maya

by Justin Marshall

Mar 14, 2018 / 2h 47m

Beginner • 2h 47m

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Once you've designed your highly detailed, sculpted game character, there's still one more step that needs to be done - retopology. In this course, Retopologizing Game Characters in Maya, you'll take a sculpted mesh and use Maya to create a lower-resolution game-appropriate mesh that will look like your design. You'll start by learning the basics of getting a reference model created. Then, you'll use several polygon modeling tools to edit your base geometry to better reflect the shapes and silhouettes of your reference model. Finally, you'll use the Quad Draw tool in Maya to create a new topology for your character completely from scratch. By the end of this course, you'll have a much better idea about some of the options you have in Maya for creating a new, game-ready mesh from a detailed sculpt. Software required: Maya.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 42s
  2. Setting up for New Topology
    33m 58s
  3. Starting the Game Model
    47m 52s
  4. Focusing on the Dwarf’s Body
    46m 19s
  5. Building the Accessories and Armor
    20m 32s
  6. Final Detailing
    17m 5s
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UV Mapping Game Characters in Maya

by Eddie Russell

Mar 15, 2018 / 3h 23m

Intermediate • 3h 23m

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Nobody wants to see a flat gray character running around in a game unless it's by design. More than likely the character you're creating will need some sort of texture applied to it which will add to the it's visual appeal. Creating UV layouts is an absolute prerequisite for a game character before any textures can be painted and applied. In this course, UV Mapping Game Characters in Maya, you'll dive into the process of creating UVs for a multi-material character who is bound for Unity. First, you'll go learn how to understand and plan for your UVs. Next, you'll discover how to create UVs for the hair, body, and for the clothing. Finally, you'll explore overlapping UVs and texel density. By the end of this course, you'll have a better understanding on UV mapping game characters in Maya. Required software: Maya 2018.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 54s
  2. Understanding and Planning for UVs
    31m 18s
  3. Creating UVs for the Hair
    44m 49s
  4. Creating UVs for the Body
    58m 46s
  5. Creating UVs for the Clothing
    1h 7m 4s
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Texturing Game Characters in Substance Painter

by Eddie Russell

Mar 15, 2018 / 4h 45m

Intermediate • 4h 45m

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Texturing is a mandatory step in the creation of most types of game assets. The artist responsible for texturing an asset gives it a coat of paint that defines each of its surfaces telling the audience what it looks like and what its made out of. In this course, Texturing Game Characters in Substance Painter, you will dive into the process of painting textures for a multi-material game character that is bound for Unity using Substance Painter. First, you will walk through the texturing process step-by-step until every piece has been painted. Then, you will learn about powerful features in Substance Painter like map baking, Smart Materials, and generators. By the end of this course, you will unlock your creative potential for texturing models for games. Required Software: Substance Painter 2017.4.2, Maya 2018.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 50s
  2. Project Setup and Map Baking
    1h 3m 45s
  3. Texturing the Character’s Hair
    45m 13s
  4. Texturing the Character’s Clothing
    1h 15m 18s
  5. Texturing the Character’s Armor and Accessories
    42m 33s
  6. Texturing the Character’s Body
    56m 23s

Advanced

Learn how to rig and animate a hero character in Maya and Unity in a game development pipeline.

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Game Character Rigging Fundamentals

by Winston Powell

Jul 11, 2017 / 5h 38m

Beginner • 5h 38m

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For many, rigging is the last area of game development they want to learn and it's easy to understand why. You don't play a game to be wowed by the controllers used to animate that dragon or marvel at the adventurer's joint system. It's one of those disciplines between forward facing art and back-end design that takes a back seat to most everything else you can see happening on the screen. However, understanding how to rig is what will take your dragon or adventurer character further than ever before and give them potential for a life of their very own. In this course, Game Character Rigging Fundamentals, you will find that rigging doesn't have to be overwhelming if you learn the fundamentals in a comfortable and digestible way. First, you will start the basics of creating joints and building a skeleton. Once that's complete, you will jump right into creating animation controllers and their constraints to help the joints move. After that, the character can be bound to the rig and you can modify those skin weights. Finally, to give the rig more complex movement, you will create set driven keys for elements like finger gripping and foot roll. By the end of this course, you will have everything you need to rig your characters and an excellent foundation for moving on to more advanced rigging. Software required: Maya 2017.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 55s
  2. Scene and Character Preparation
    21m 5s
  3. Creating a Skeleton
    53m 39s
  4. Animation Controllers
    30m 9s
  5. Constrain and Parent the Controllers
    56m 3s
  6. Smooth Skins and the Component Editor
    46m 5s
  7. Painting Skin Weights
    58m 47s
  8. Set Driven Keys and Finalize Scene
    1h 10m 41s
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Game Character Animation in Unity and Maya

by Mark Butler

Mar 15, 2018 / 2h 45m

Beginner • 2h 45m

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Creating character animation for games is easier than ever, thanks to Maya’s tight integration with Unity. In this course, Game Character Animation in Unity and Maya, you will learn how to create a hero character in Maya and export it to Unity. First, you will go over rigging in Maya. Next, you will get to see how to put together animation clips like melee, transitions, and locomotion. Finally, you will learn how to round trip between Unity and Maya and use both programs together to edit your performance to maximum effect in-game. When you're finished with this course, you will be ready to get your character animated in Maya and exported into Unity and better prepared to use these methods in your own animation. Software required: Maya 2017, Unity 2017.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 46s
  2. Animating Character Rigs in Maya
    23m 30s
  3. Creating Animation Clips
    52m 31s
  4. Transitions, Melee, and Locomotion
    44m 45s
  5. Round Tripping: Using Maya and Unity Together
    43m 15s

What you will learn

  • Concept Art Workflows
  • 3d Modeling Workflows
  • UV Mapping
  • Character Modeling
  • Sculpting in ZBrush
  • Retopology
  • Texturing in Substance Suite
  • Environment Art
  • Environment Concepting
  • Character Concepting

Pre-requisites

This skill path assumes that users have a basic understanding of Unity Fundamentals, and how the engine works. It is also recommended that users have basic knowledge of 3ds Max, Maya, ZBrush, Substance Suite and other tools.

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