Night Fall Among the Stars
Updated 2 years ago
Night Fall Among the Stars (Work In Progress)

About myself

Hello everyone and other challengers, my name is Alan. Currently a third year student at UT Dallas, I join the Neon Challenge kind of late just as I wrapped up all my semester projects. Having only 4 weeks to work on this environment, I will put all my best effort on this environment. Every comments and critiques are very welcome, so please throw them at me if you have any questions!

About Night Fall Among the Stars

For this challenge, I want to create a new world where humanity has reach beyond the stars. Planet colonization is the new frontier for humanity to move forward and survive. This environment is set in a city center on a newly colonized planet. This area is a social space, like a mall, but in a bigger scale - like the Mass Effect's Citadel. The aesthetic overall is very fantasy sci-fi and realistic. The lightning of the scene will be quite dark, but there will be highlights to give the sense of wonder. The look of the environment will be very similar to Mass Effect Andromeda and Destiny 2.

Reference Image

So I only 4 weeks left to finish up the environment. Because of this, an original idea would be out of option for me due to the amount of time that will be needed to draw up a concept art. So I search up a concept design on Artstation that suit the aesthetic that I'm aiming for. And here the concept that I've decided on:
This stunning concept was created by Katya Gudkina, please check out her Arstation website for more of her work. And many thank to Katya for creating the beautiful concept art!

Work In Grogress (Week 2)

In Week 2, I begin to test out the lighting and sky-box. In past environment, I usually want to set up a working lightning before moving forward with making more asset for the scene. This give me a better sense of how the material and texture will look when I import from Substance. It also me time on baking light-map, since my computer is not very powerful in term of CPU. So a working lightning setup that I can just re-bake the light-map every time I import more asset into the scene is very time-saving.

Programs & Assets list:
  • Unity 2017.3.0 (Just updated today)
  • Substance Designer 2017.2.2
  • Substance Painter 2017.4.1
  • Blender v2.79
  • Amplify Shader Editor 1.4.1
  • Enviro - Sky and Weather 2.0.1
  • Recorder 0.2
  • Cinemachine 2.1.10
  • SpaceSkies Free 1.0
  • Yughues Free Bushes 1.0
  • Stylized Vegetation Free Samples 1.0
  • Free SpeedTrees Package 1.2

Work In Grogress (Week 1)

I started working on the environment about 2 days before this post. Mostly decide on how I'm planning to model and texture most of the assets. And here is the result so far:
Here is a list of software I'll be using on this environment, also including Unity's assets:
  • Unity 2017.2.1
  • Substance Painter 2017.4.0
  • Substance Designer 2017.2.2
  • Blender v2.79
  • Amplify Shader Editor 1.4.0
  • Enviro - Sky and Weather 2.0.1
  • Recorder 0.1
  • Cinemachine 2.1.10
I may add more to this list as I'm working on the environment. For right now, most of the models are created by myself. But as the deadline slowly creep up on me, I will use some of the free assets on the Assets store.
Thank you for check out my entry, please provide any feedback if you can. I'll try to provide weekly update as much as I can. And I can't wait for the final result, hope you do as well :)
Alan Night
Environment Artist - Student