Hello ! I am a video game student @ILOI & I am very thankful, your speech is very motivating .
Except the dude clearly doesn't know much of anything about the 3D game pipeline. Yeah, if you're very skilled, a high poly sculpt could, certainly. But then there's retopology, UV mapping, texture baking, rigging, animating, other means of optimization once imported into the engine. Granted it wouldn't take anywhere near the production time of a AAA character (Which the High-poly sculpt took maybe 10-15 hours altogether, but the finished character took ~94 hours). And granted pokemon models aren't nearly as complex as that, but I think at least a 1-3 hours from start to finish to be a fair average expectancy of artists who know the work flow well enough. I just hate how people are so critical of artists when they clearly don't understand what goes into it.
Daniel Brown is a well-known artist, who has worked on a number of projects. He started to experiment with digital procedural art back in 2003. Generative approach to design allows him to use a special algorithm, which can generate huge cities or other fractal stuff. Daniel works with different themes and topics, creating cities inspired by modern architecture or Middle Eastern designs.
I set about programming algorithms to generate an imaginary city. One that I could populate with buildings and structures without having to draw or 3-D model. It gives me an opportunity to kind of feel that wonderful sense of discovery and achievement. So instead of climbing a mountain, I’m mining this mathematical space looking for the same thing—that beautiful destination that nobody’s ever heard of or seen before.
Daniel Brown (via WIRED)