Time for a new project!

It’s been over 4 months since my last blog LOL I have absolutely no excuse.

This blog is very much a thing for me, as it doesn’t really have any followers. So if I don’t feel like writing stuff for it, or have nothing to write about, there’s not really any point for me. Especially because I’m so busy all the time. I don’t want to force myself to do it for continuity’s sake, I have way too much stuff to do!


I have a reason now!

I’ve begun work on a new personal 3D project, the kind of thing I can blog semi-regularly about with updates for, unlike the comparatively quick paintings I usually do.

Speaking of, I’ve done a fair bit of painting lately, so here’s a small selection, and you can see the rest here on my Facebook since that’s the main place I post my art shenanigans;

But about that 3D project.

It’s taken me roughly 10 months of trying to start projects and promptly abandoning them to come to this point. In fact, it was a year 5 days ago since I handed in my university Final Major Project. Which is just weird, and a little bit alarming really. However, I haven’t just monged around doing nothing since I started working at Creative Assembly. The project idea didn’t come to me in an instant and easy moment of realisation. It’s been a very frustrating process.


Proof… cute_workspace up there in the left corner is attempt #5! (and has a temporary name please believe me)

I’m here now and feeling good about where my new project is going, which is great, so without further ado, here is the concept for it;

3- concepting

I worked the concept over a very basic blockout lit in UE4, and I quite enjoyed creating a concept for something rather than just creating random paintings like I have been. I struggle to paint in details at the moment, but I’m happy with the overall feel of the concept and it works for what I need it for.

The idea for this project came about when I started thinking about stupid over the top ideas for adorable painting workspaces I’d like, such as on the top of a mountain under a giant parasol or in a huge Studio Ghibli style field of waving grass under a blue sky. I decided I wanted to make something small and manageable in the form of a (you guessed it) diorama, and I found myself really excited about the potential of this idea as something personal to me which I could make into a portfolio piece for fun.

In my Pinterest inspiration-hunting travels I came across the Palladian Bridge in Prior Park, Bath, and I really liked the design of it. I also like things surrounded by water so it seemed like a good place to start.


I had to shrink it down and down until it made a small diorama, however, so I lost a lot of the awesome forms of the bridge. But I still like where it’s going.

I’m going to be fully hand-painting the scene without Zbrush to stress me out, as I really want to focus on my handpainting skills and just have as much fun with it as possible… sometimes the technicalities of Zbrush, 3D Coat and so on can get a bit frustrating.

Unlike past projects I’ve done, I’ve put quite a lot more consideration into the early planning, such as what plants exactly will be in the scene. I’m glad I did this, as it gives me less to worry about later and I can get it all really cohesive now.

5- close up plans

I’ve also done my usual thing of making an exhaustive list of assets I plan on having in the scene, but I’m keeping this open to change in the future as I go. It’s mostly just to help get my feet off the ground.

Where this project will go I’m not 100% sure… there are a lot of things to consider, such as how I’ll tackle that big rhododendron tree in the background or how everything will actually look once it’s all put together. But that’s a lot of the fun of it for me, and I’m excited to see how it will turn out.

Mostly I’m just happy to be back on my game and doing a more long-term portfolio piece again. I was a bit worried I’d never feel like doing personal 3D work ever again!

Until next time 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Time for a new project!

  1. Greg Long says:

    The concept looks excellent. 🙂


  2. […] where I can. I mostly post on Artstation now, and have been trying to revive my blogging habits (throwback to 2017 when I already tried this and got one whole post in) as well as hopefully diving back into Youtubing and more in the coming few […]


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