I just finished a new image for the Space Movers board game. With some added graphics it will become a new roll board for the game.
Kevin Cox of KnA Games asked me to make another image of the Liberty spaceship flying through a cityscape with the crew visible in the bridge.
Knowing that I would be drawing the ship many times from different perspectives for the game board, cards and comic book, I had built the ship as a basic 3D model in Sketchup very early on in the games production. I had even added more detail to the model and had built some basic scifi building shapes in an attempt to animate it for fun back in January so I only had to screen capture a view of the 3D ship and the buildings to use as my sketch for approval. Once approved I painted over it all in Photoshop with the ship on a separate layer.
I only have the free Sketchup so my 3D models are crude. There are no curved rounded shapes or color on the 3D model. The bridge was also built in 3D but as I had ended up building another more detailed model of the ship the bridge was no longer built within the structure. For that reason, I had to carefully match the angle of the bridge to the ship so I could paint over it as well. Luckily it ended up looking pretty convincing.
Here is a compilation of the animations I created after discovering that Photoshop CC has the ability to do animation. I wanted to make sure I could animate the ships in 3D before attempting the 2D animation of the characters.
I won't go into explaining what I went through to make this but ultimately I discovered to do what I really wanted to do I would have to purchase the animation feature of Sketchup. I'm not ready to devote that kind of money or for that matter the amount of time needed to animate this to the level I really wanted so ultimately I decided to drop the project. I hope some time in the future I will be able to devote some time to play around with the Photoshop animation feature though. It would be a ton of fun. Unfortunately I just don't have the time for it right now.