My ideas for the island and what it could include:
- Willow tree
- Silver birch trees
- Elm trees
- Guelder rose
- English oak trees
- Big branches
My island is 95% forest, so I decided that in order to make it look interesting I would need to include as much forest scenery as possible. I searched for anything a forest has inside it and came up with a list. If I include most of these assets it will create a busy, magical setting that will be refreshing for the player to walk through. So far, I have created mood boards for five assets that will be a part of the scenery and one mood board showing the overall layout and feel of my woodland. It looks, mossy, foggy and includes many different features within it to make it crowded with life and plants.
For the layout of my island, the only real building I want to have on my island is a house with a long path leading up to it. Apart from that, my island is entirely forest. I chose to make my path have a turning so that the house is revealed all of a sudden for the player, like a surprise. The fact that the house is lonely and surrounded by forest makes it seem mysterious too.
Forests tend to be flat, so in terms of terrain I will keep it quite level with a few ditches and hills to climb up. The ground will consist of a hardened mud texture with some areas of moss and some areas of ground that have been covered in leaves. Wildflowers and mushrooms will be placed around covering up the ground too. I would also like to include some swamps and small ponds where areas of the forest have been waterlogged. In these areas you will find rocks and logs.
This mood board is to help with the design of one of my forest assets, ferns. I chose pictures that showed the most detail as it would help when creating my own version of the object. One of the images I particularly like is this one. The sunlight is hitting it perfectly, so every tiny detail is shown. We can see the stem of the plant and it also shows the shape and texture of it. This shows how lighting could look whenever sun hits the fern. The fern seems to be thin and so the light can reach through it creating a bright green colour and a darker and more obvious outline.
This image shows the colour of the fern and the shape of the smaller parts of the fern well. I want to apply as many details as possible to get an accurate representation of the object, so this was useful.
This mood board is to give me inspiration for what kind of mushrooms I may want on my island and what they look like. I like this image as it shows so much detail. The closeness of the image means that every tiny aspect of the mushroom is shown.
I like this image as it shows a different and weird kind of mushroom that could bring that magical feeling to my forest. The red would also add a new colour in my forest so there would be less greens and browns if I included a mushroom like this.
This mood board is to show what kind of variations of log/stump there can be and what they could look like. I want to find the perfect reference that would suit the style of forest environment I want. This image is a nice representation of what a standard log looks like but there are lots of aspects I love. When looking closely at the image, we can see the different variations of colour well. The colours I can see are maroon, moldy green, grey-brown, and dark brown. Some of the colour variations could be from mud and staining, however the colour of wood can vary between shades of grey and brown anyway. It is important to take the colours on the log into account. I can also see lots of cracks all over the open side of the log. These tend to vary in shape and size. On this particular log, the cracks are curvy and have variety of lengths and widths. I really like how in the middle there is one big crack. This makes the log look more imperfect, so I want to include a feature like this. To contrast, next to it is an example where the lines are straighter. The way they line up slightly off makes the cracks look like lightning bolts. This is still a cool design, but I prefer the imperfectness of the log to the left.
This image shows the outside of the log and demonstrates what the bark looks like. Bark is extremely rough and tends to grow moss so that's something to think about. The colour of bark a lot of the time is grey-brown, but like the log above there is also a lot of staining. There are some green areas and brown areas on the log too that give it imperfectness and makes it look real.
This mood board is to give me an idea for what pinecones look like in detail as it isn't something I see often. There can be many kinds of pinecones, but I decided to keep the trend of pinecones in this kind of style.
On this pinecone starting with the overall shaping of it, at the bottom of the pinecone the bracts are close together, so much so, there isn't even a gap. As you scan up, the bracts get more spaced out which means we can see more between them. The colour of the bracts closer to the stem is dark brown while the tips of them are light brown. These colour differences are easy to see but important. If you miss this detail, it will stop it from looking like a pinecone.
I also noticed how the tip of each bract has a slightly different shape to others. Overall, the shape of the tips is a fan shape but some of them are thicker, thinner, and wonkier than others.
I also used an image to really get a feel for the layout of a pinecone. Now I know the shape of the stem and how the bracts come out from it and how the look from the side.
This mood board is to help me choose what kind of rocks I may want to sit in my forest. I couldn't find many great images, but I liked this one as it showed many different types of rock from shape to size, and it shows where you may be able to find rocks. I think it would make more sense to find rocks near water so I will be careful and make sure I place my rock assets near a water source like this. Some rocks are grey, and others are red-brown, and all the rocks have a slightly different shape. The image is quite far away from the rocks so it's hard to go into detail about texture but that is what I can pick up from this image. I can also see staining on the rocks where I can see some red and green areas on them so I will apply that.