3D​ ART

Characters & Anatomy

Egyptian Raks Sharqi Dancer

I wanted to make a bright, colorful character that was different from common game archetypes - someone for an environment other than fighting. So I decided to make a dancer. I designed the costume with a lot of help from my spouse, who introduced me to Raks sharqi. I'm neither Egyptian nor a sharqi dancer, but I've seen firsthand the effort that goes into handmaking the costumes and doing the makeup and I really like the aesthetic. These are realtime renders in Substance Painter. Four texture sets - body, costume, head, and hair. These images are using 4K textures & the sketchfab model uses 2K. I left enough UV padding so they could mip down to 512px without bleeding.

I watched an Arabic makeup tutorial and consulted with my spouse to try to understand the artistry of the face makeup for this dance. It was fun painting the face and it made me realize how much work goes into this in real life!

Interactive realtime Sketchfab viewer. Alt + click-drag to rotate the lights & see the velvet shine! No custom shader - typical PBR albedo, metallic, roughness, normals. Masked in patches of "illegal" colors in normal map to emulate velvet fibers brushed different directions. Click the "View in Sketchfab" cube icon at the lower left to see it full size in a new tab.

These dance costumes are usually custom designed and hand-sewn, so I went with asymmetrical embroidery with stitching imperfections

30K tris total. Head - 6K tris. Hair - 3.3K tris. Beaded fringe - 7.5K tris. Everything else - 13.3K tris. I modeled the beads even though it's a lot of polys because the way the fringe moves is important for this dance, and geo animates better than alpha cards.

High-res sculpt in ZBrush. Good chance to practice anatomy. Shown with basic polypaint, not final materials. I made the belt and skirt high poly meshes in Maya. They're simple and similar to the realtime mesh

May's Journey

This is May, the main character of the educational coding game for kids, May's Journey. The game was created by Chaima Jemmali and the character design and concept were created by Ali Swei. 14K tris, unlit/self-illuminated handpainted diffuse textures. I modeled the character in Maya, sculpted the head in ZBrush, baked maps and did first pass head textures in Substance Painter, and textured most of the character in Photoshop and 3DCoat.

May character, by Jarien Skywall for May's Journey game by Chaima Jemmali

May character, by Jarien Skywall for May's Journey game by Chaima Jemmali

Total - 14K tris. Bag - 1.5K tris. Collar & scarf - 650 tris. Body, clothes, head, hair - 12K tris.
May character wireframe, by Jarien Skywall for May's Journey game by Chaima Jemmali

Interactive realtime Sketchfab viewer. Click the "View in Sketchfab" cube icon at the lower left to see it full size in a new tab.

This is Myr, another character for May's Journey, concept also by Ali Swei. 9K tris, unlit/self-illuminated handpainted diffuse textures. I modeled the character in Maya, sculpted the head in ZBrush, baked maps and did first pass head textures in Substance Painter, and textured most of the character in Photoshop and 3DCoat.

Myr character, by Jarien Skywall for May's Journey game by Chaima Jemmali

Myr character, by Jarien Skywall for May's Journey game by Chaima Jemmali

9400 tris.
Wireframe fo Myr character, by Jarien Skywall for May's Journey game by Chaima Jemmali

Interactive realtime Sketchfab viewer. Click the "View in Sketchfab" cube icon at the lower left to see it full size in a new tab.

Willabee

I modeled and textured this character for a CGsociety.org Advanced Video Game Character Creation class. Katon Callaway taught the class and designed the character. I used Maya, ZBrush, Photoshop, and Marmoset Toolbag.

Dad by the Sword

I created some flat-shaded (unlit) very stylized characters for Dad by the Sword by Rocketcat Games. It was a fun project - the concepts were pretty funny and intentionally ludicrous.

Cyber-Anatomy

I created many human and animal anatomical models for educational software Cyber-Anatomy for VivEd (formerly called CyberScience3D). Below are some muscle and bone models I created. Most of my work here was sculpting, texturing, and baking maps - the realtime meshes were provided to me.

Stylized Props & Environments

Stone Archway

I made this for the CGMA class Creating Stylized Game Art, taught by Ashleigh Warner. Created in one week from start to finish, including concept. This class was really fun and Ashleigh was very inspiring! The assignment was to create a new environment asset in the style of an existing game. I chose to do an arched entryway in the style of Battle Chasers: Night War, because I love the art to that game! There is no desert level in the game so I conceptualized this as belonging in a new level. 2156 tris. Handpainted diffuse-only. 2048px texure for arch. 1024px texture for ground. Modeled and UVd in 3ds Max. Textured in Photoshop and 3DCoat. Rendered in Sketchfab.

Sea Book

Personal project. Modeled in Maya and 3ds Max. Textured in Substance Painter and Photoshop. One 2048 x 2048 texture. 4328 tris. Diffuse only - all highlights and shadows handpainted. Original concept by Ilona Minajeva.

Shard of Abundance

Personal project. Modeled in Maya (and bit of 3ds Max). Textured in 3DCoat with a bit of Photoshop. Diffuse only - all highlights and shadows handpainted. 1024 x 2048 px texture (plus 32 x 4 px FX texture). 3236 tris including double-sided FX tris twice. The concept is by Julio Nicoletti and I got a lot of C&C from Handpainters Guild as I worked on this.

Egyptian cafe diorama

This is a personal project to set mood with lighting and color using stylized PBR, and to learn Unreal. I used almost every 3D package I own somewhere in creating this because it's a revamp of an old project that I'd long wanted to improve. To keep scope small I created a corner rather than the entire cafe. I tried to use visual motifs and furniture designs traditional to Egypt from what I could find online. My technical aim was optimal performance via low poly count and all objects and lights static or stationary. My visual aim was simple shapes with exaggerated value contrast, high saturation, and realistic reflective qualities.

Egyptian cafe stylized PBR diorama

Egyptian cafe stylized PBR diorama

Egyptian cafe stylized PBR diorama

Egyptian cafe stylized PBR diorama

Freaky Creatures

Props for PC game Freaky Creatures by Abandon Interactive. Modeled in Maya and textured in Photoshop.

Hard-surface

Rockband

I modeled and textured all the variations of the Fender Jaguar guitar for the first Rockband game. Some of the images are from the proprietary engine and some were recreated in other engines. I did various other tasks on Rockband such as converting the bonus guitars to bonus basses, and misc cleanup on various instruments and amps.

2006 Volkswagen Jetta

An exercise in realistic modeling. I took some creative liberties, basing some features on later models if they were unclear in my reference photos of the 2006 model. This is a personal project but the target platform would be modern high-end PC game. The model is 75K tris and the textures are 4Kpx. 3ds Max for modeling, Substance Painter and a bit of Photoshop for textures. Renders are from Substance Painter viewport. I got most of the materials from Substance Source and made some little edits as necessary, but there's tons of cool stuff in there that worked pretty well here. This is an overhaul of an old project that was made to a lower spec. I added more detail and better topology but there are small minor details I left out to avoid diminishing returns, and I left the interior pretty barebones. This is a straight-from-the-showroom-floor model with very little wear and tear.

Saturn V rocket

I created a dissectable model of the first rocket to the moon, the Saturn V, for Cyber Science 3D interactive educational software. I looked up technical schematics recreate the different stages of the rocket including interior pieces.

Sledgehammer low-poly prop

Personal challenge to make a complete 3D asset quickly, so I picked something really simple that I could do in a few hours spare time over 1-2 weeks. Realtime model is 944 tris. High poly sculpt in ZBrush. Textured in Substance Painter. One 2048K texture set - albedo, roughness, metallic, normal.

Flashlight low-poly prop

Personal project to make a realistic prop based on an everyday object I could look at while modeling.

Props and environments for VR and AR apps

Wayfair's Patio Playground

For Patio Playground, e-commerce home goods company Wayfair's VR experience on Oculus Rift, my main tasks were creating models and textures. It was a small team so we all contributed - I also did a lot of work in Unity - in-engine art asset setup, scene setup, lighting, and performance optimization, as well as a bit of UI and UX.

Morgantina VR

I had the privilege of working on a 3D reconstruction of the ancient city of Morgantina that currently exists only in ruins. I accompanied archaeologists and a small software dev team onsite in Aidone, Sicily. The app is for mobile VR and AR, and it was built to detect the correct location of the virtual buildings onsite in Sicily using Google Tango. I worked from existing photos plus additional reference photos I took onsite, as well as terrain photogrammetry and site architects' CAD reconstructions of the floorplan of the Agora of Morgantina.

Morgantina VR archaelogical reconstruction by Jarien Skywall for Archimedes Digital

Morgantina VR archaelogical reconstruction by Jarien Skywall for Archimedes Digital

Morgantina VR archaelogical reconstruction by Jarien Skywall for Archimedes Digital

Realistic renders, lighting, and materials

Wayfair

At e-commerce home goods company Wayfair, one of my many responsibilities was creating photorealistic renders of products to display onsite. I was given fully propped scenes and tasked with lighting and rendering in 3ds Max and V-Ray, and often I had to create or touched up materials and models as well.

In this image I did lighting and rendering and created the wood material for the desk, as well as minor other model and material touch-up.

In this image I did lighting and rendering and created the material and model for the shower curtain.

In this image I did lighting and rendering, draping of the tasseled blanket, and minor other model and material touch-up.

In this image I did lighting and rendering and created the materials for the leather recliner and wooden side table.

This was a fun image for a contest that Wayfair ran with Trip Advisor. The winner got to stay in the London Eye overnight and Wayfair furnished it. We had to create a rendering of what it would look like because we were not able to ship furniture to the London Eye and take photos before the contest began. I created models and materials for the visible framework of the London Eye itself, and I worked with a Stylist to furnish the Eye with existing models. I did minor touch-up such as draping some of the blankets. The Creative Director of the team did subtle contrast adjustments in post on this image. Here is Trip Advisor's announcement about the contest, including my team's image.