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3d artist Konstantin Molchanov prepared a detailed breakdown of his amazing hard-surface study of a futuristic weapon.
Hi! My name is Konstantin Molchanov, I am a senior artist in the game industry for over 10 years now. I have worked on various game projects during this time as a full-time studio employee as well as a freelance artist. I have recently moved to the U.S. and decided to dedicate some time for a personal projects that I have planned earlier.
During my childhood, I always was fascinated with sci-fi stories. I was literally obsessed with two things: experiencing an interesting scientific story, whether it was a book or a movie (video games just started to appear at that time…), and coming up with these stories myself. As soon as I had a rough idea of a fictional world, vehicle, or a character in my head, I was rushing to get pencil and paper to draw it… It was super fun, until I’ve played a video game for the first time! And this has changed everything.
Since then I am fascinated with the video game development process and feel passionate about making art for video games. I am a gamer, I love playing computer games, but making video games is just incredible! A simple idea that I am contributing to a video game piece among with other amazingly talented developers makes me eager to do even better.
Apart from work routines, I’m always super exited to do my personal artistic projects, whether its a digital painting or a complex 3d scene, I always find time to complete new personal projects. In this post I would like to cover one of the designs I have completed recently.
I will cover my brainstorming process for Sci-Fi weapon design development as well as some common steps I had to take to complete this work.
The best way to start developing weapon designs is to make a side view thumbnails (Dah… But really!!!). For this stage, Photoshop works as well as a pencil and paper (often I prefer a generic ballpoint pen).
The main idea here is to focus on big shapes and proportions. Keeping in mind what is a general theme of the weapon and how it works in visual design. For example, if it’s a sniper rifle, it would be more thin and linear, or if it’s a bold MG, it would be thicker and look “heavy”.
Usually, I do a few dozens of these, this way my overall shape designs gradually changes from a common “in trend” designs to something more unusual, interesting and unique.
After picking one of the thumbnail designs, I am moving forward to work on representative concept image. Here I’m “Describing” more details and defining the overall look.
To get familiar with this process in detail, I would highly recommend watching John Park tutorials. John is an amazing artist and one of my biggest inspirations, which include Vitaly Bulgarov, Fausto de Martini, SPARTH, Jama Jurabaev.
I am working on a concept until I start to slow down. Generally, it means that I am satisfied with the overall design and I am starting to doodle smaller details. Depending on the purpose of the concept, it is a good time to stop and move on to modeling, since basic ideas have already been defined. I tend to detail concept a bit more if I have to pass it to 3d modeler, who will continue to work on this asset.
A good rule of thumb is to remember a difference between personal artwork and artwork, created for specific project purposes, that solves problems and helps to deliver a product. Surely, art never has a “Completed” state, there is always room for improvement, but my opinion is that a professional artist should be very efficient with production pipelines, and willing to adopt internal desire for perfectionism to fit specific project needs and at the end of the day – deliver a product!
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