A group of Second Year De Montfort University students studying Game Art Design.
This blog is to document our participation in the 'Off The Map' competition from Game City, Crytek and The British Library.

Grave-ly Underestimating... - The Graveyard

...how long this would take me. Not all my puns can be great, nobody’s perfect.

In our level we hope to include a graveyard in which you walk through before entering the main manor house. Unlike the conventional gothic graveyard that comes to mind, we wanted ours to be a serene area where the individual would take time to advance and take in the atmosphere.

I conducted a few field trips to visit some graveyards in Leicester to get a better understanding of what it was I was going to model. It helped me immensely by gathering textures, understanding materials, scale, shape and also layouts.

An idea which was brought up was to have names on the gravestones depicting a gothic character in literature or film. Whilst this was the initial plan we didn’t want the reference to be glaringly obvious and gimmicky. There’s not much subtly in ‘DRACULA IS BURIED HERE, OH MY WASN’T HE GOTHICY’.

Instead we opted to use a piece of text to depict the character and then above, graphic imagery relating to a key symbol within the novel. As our level is filled with clever gothic references we hope keen fans of the literature will have a field day within the graveyard.


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