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Building a Stylized Environment, Volume 1

Ideation to Creation: Blockmesh, Bridge, Castle with Martin Teichmann


In this series, Martin Teichmann, Environment Modeler at Naughty Dog, takes you through his complete production workflow to build a stylized game ready environment; a process that requires not only technical and artistic knowledge, but also insight into the mechanics of game play in order to deliver the best experience for the player. In this first volume of a three part series, Martin guides you through his ideation process, reference gathering and the initial stages of development for a large environment. He creates a meaningful block mesh in 3dsMax which can then be turned into modules to split the environment creation process into small tasks. Using the example of an arch module, Martin demonstrates the asset’s creation through low-poly modeling and texturing in 3dsMax, hi-poly sculpting in ZBrush and texture generation in Substance Designer. Basic software knowledge is required as the workshop primarily focuses on workflow and the development of a unique art style. At the end, students will have a thorough understanding of the layout and early production process for game environments, and be ready for volume two where Martin moves on to the terrain, rocks and foliage.

Duration: 5h 04m

Format: HD 1920x1080

Martin Teichmann

Environment Artist at Naughty Dog

Martin Teichmann is an environment artist working in the games industry. In 2007, Martin started his career at Deck13 in Frankfurt Germany. After a short freelance period he then joined the team at Crytek as an artist on Crysis 2 and Crysis 3. In 2013 Martin moved to Rocksteady London where he worked on Batman Arkham Knight as an Environment and Lighting Artist, then in 2015 he made the move to Los Angeles to work at Naughty Dog. He has contributed to Uncharted 4, Uncharted Lost Legacy and is currently working on The Last of Us Part 2.

  • Working with Martin has been a true pleasure, I worked with him on Crysis 2 and Crysis 3 and Martin is a young passionate artist that are not a lot of in this industry. He makes each each texture, each model, each texture or anything he touches with such care and love that really makes his work stand out above the rest and it really pays off in the end. It was a pleasure working with him these years, and I hope our paths cross again in the future, because artists like him, you don't come across too often. He's a great guy to work with as well, sit down with him to discuss anything and you'll always learn something new! You throw passion and talent into a blender, and Martins juicy work is the result!

    - Helder Pinto
    Senior Environment Artist on Overwatch Blizzard Entertainment

  • I was lucky to have worked with Martin during Crysis 3. From the first prototypes done in pre-production until the level we were responsible for later in production, his initiative and art skills made the difference for every design we did together. Martin is a talented artists. He has an excellent understanding of architecture, scales, lighting and always delivers the best quality. But what really makes him stand out is his passion for making great video games. I highly recommend Martin, he would be a valuable asset for any team.

    - Rodrigo Santoro
    Lead Level Designer