The Cliffs of Youth

"Our sons were sent to the Cliffs, never to return..."

The Cliffs of Youth is my latest and biggest personal project to date. I went into it wanting to improve my skills in organic asset creation and world building. The project also allowed me to explore photogrammetry for material creation and storytelling , as well as creating my own composition for once. All manmade assets were made using two trimsheets which I sculped in ZBrush, and textured in Substance Painter. One for wood, and one for metal. The assets were then assigned a secondary UV sets to drive things like dirt and color variation based on an RGBA mask. Due to the sheer size of the organic assets required, I also got to dive into some shaders for world aligned textures, color tint offset, as well as Runtime Virtual Textures on the side to blend everything together. Organic assets were sculpted in ZBrush. All assets were made by me from scratch except for the cacti and grass which are from Megascans, as well as the VFX and skybox which were from the Epic Marketplace. "Lizard" (https://skfb.ly/6WWGF) by Froggreen is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

I'd like to thank the Beyond Extent community as well as Katelyn Johnson, Peyton Varney and everyone else who's provided their invaluable help and feedback throughout the project to make it what it is. See you all in the next project!

https://www.artstation.com/beyondextent
https://www.artstation.com/katelynjohnson
https://www.artstation.com/peytonvarney

Cinematic with background music by FesliyanStudios

Materials and heightmaps created for the project. The three ground materials are from from personal scans, the rest in Substance Designer from scratch. The trimsheet was made using ZBrush & Substance Painter.

Materials and heightmaps created for the project. The three ground materials are from from personal scans, the rest in Substance Designer from scratch. The trimsheet was made using ZBrush & Substance Painter.

Manmade Asset Gym

Manmade Asset Gym

Organic Asset Gym

Organic Asset Gym

Breakdown of my 2nd UV RGBA mask

Breakdown of my 2nd UV RGBA mask

Cliff_A Highpoly

Cliff_A Highpoly

Cliff_B Highpoly

Cliff_B Highpoly

Scattering Rocks Highpolys

Scattering Rocks Highpolys

Cliff Workflow - Created a tileable cliff texture in Substance Designer which I stamped on as a base, followed by some cleanup using the TrimSmoothBorder with a square alpha

Cloth Tarps Marvelous scene

Cloth Tarps Marvelous scene

Rope Blueprint w. Flag Spawning

Basic WPO Wind Shader

Progress GIF

Progress GIF