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#1 BradDaBug   Members   -  Reputation: 893

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 03:36 PM

In my game kittens can dissolve into a puddle of goop, but I'm not happy with how the puddles look. You can see below.

 

I'm not sure what I can do to make them look better. How can I represent a puddle in this stylized way that matches the rest of the game on completely flat terrain? Any ideas?

 

puddle.jpg

 

And here is the puddle texture:

 

puddle.png


I like the DARK layout!

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#2 Mussi   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1727

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 05:09 PM

I'm not an artist, but maybe something like this?

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 08:37 PM

I like that a bit better than what I have. Here is my attempt (The dark spots aren't part of the decal. That's a bit of green smoke left by a kitten before it dissolved):

 

puddle2.jpg

 

But there's still something off about it. It could just be that it doesn't jibe with the blood. The blood is a little more realistic but the goop is very stylized.


I like the DARK layout!

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 02:53 AM

....Maybe just recolor the blood to blue, then remove a bit of spatter? That way the style matches, and the amount of work put into the art assets is minimal.



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 05:07 AM

I sort of like yours better, maybe because of the shape. I like the looks of your blood, not sure if you can make that look better in a stylized fashion. Btw, is this a circle or a sphere? You mentioned flat terrain, but I keep seeing this as a sphere.



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Posted 26 May 2014 - 03:10 PM

It's flat circle.

 

Here is another attempt. I based it on the blood decal, so it fits a little better, but it doesn't really look like a puddle. It looks more like... I'm not sure. But I think I'm going in the right direction. I just wish I knew how to make it look more puddle-y. Should the interior be smoother? And making a green puddle contrast against the green grass is tricky.

 

puddle3.jpg


I like the DARK layout!

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 06:05 PM

What about a darker, tar like substance?



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Posted 28 May 2014 - 10:00 PM

I darkened and smoothed it, and now I'm feeling a bit better about it. It's a big improvement over what I had. But it still doesn't look quite right. It looks like a dried wax seal rather than a puddle of goo. I think I'll try to smooth out the edges a bit to make it look more wet and gooey.

 

puddle4.jpg


I like the DARK layout!




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