LBo's Sketchbook

Hi everyone, I’ve been a 2D/3D generalist at a small indie studio for a number of years. A handful of months ago started the dive into VFX and was pointed to this wonderful community. So far, I love the amount of problem solving and visual communication at every level and hope to keep growing with you all!

These first ones are fan effects for League of Legends. A big (lurker) shout out to Shannon Berke, Bakewell Russell and Jason Keyser for having a lot of resources and tutorials available online.

Blueprints in UE4 have been a struggle for me, but slowly been slapping them together (albeit not optimized for actual gameplay).

Here are a few older vfx, when I was thinking about magical girl style effects and couldn’t stop doing hearts.

https://i.imgur.com/fXWn2nS.jpg

Critiques and tips are welcome and appreciated, thank you! Hope to post more in progress pieces here soon.

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I feel like the heart over the target player in the Heartseeker Lux VFX is a bit small, would be cool to enlarge it a bit and give it some contrast against the background!

Great job overall @LBo :sparkles:

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Ah! That’s a good point. I’ll play around with the size a bit and add a supporting darker “back drop” to get it to pop a little bit more.

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Small-ish update, I toyed around with the Lux Ult beam a little bit. Defining the swirling mesh as the focal shape and giving the overall beam a bit more of a hierarchy (or at least trying to). The only worry being that the damage space is a little less clear than the TUBE of light before. The Mark at the end has a darker glow under it too and is larger after Lush’s suggestion.

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Great!

You could lay an almost invisible tube shape on top, only glowing in the edges so it delimitates the AoE.

Also, I’d try to upres the yellow trail meshes just a subdivision level, I feel like the edges are too sharp and pronnounced. :alien:

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Update time
Finally had time to update the video for the Lux effects, thank you again Lush for the feedback :smile:

Then decided to go back and make some revisions to an older vfx. It was one of the first and I learned a lot doing it-- especially getting used to unreal’s animation importing, set up, and diving into materials. Maybe in a year I’ll completely redo this cat to see how far I’ve progressed.

Next!
I wanted to learn how to implement gradient mapping into unreal. Turns out it’s really easy thanks to this post by Ryan James Smith

First here’s the material set up. https://i.imgur.com/WMhdn7k.png
And these are the two gradient maps I used. I didn’t add horizontal variation since I wanted the direct visual feedback of solid colors.
https://i.imgur.com/Kmt5zov.png
https://i.imgur.com/oUYzYGG.png

The second one is just a blurred version of the top one-- I wanted to see the difference between the colors just jumping from one to the other vs lerping.

So here is a simple particle set up with the colors changing through the dynamic parameter value.
(Right side is the blurred texture)


Then here’s a set up where the Y Index is randomly set between 0 and 1 in the dynamic parameter value to get a color.
(Right side is the blurred texture still)

It was fun to play with these, now to find a more practical application for it! For solid colors it’s easy enough to control the colors through the particle system itself, but having the option to quickly swap out a palette in the material is nice. Although I really didn’t do much gradient mapping to a grayscale diffuse, haha.
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