Devlog 30: Dev Interview with Kennedy Kan
Hey everyone! Welcome back to another dev interview! Today we are here with Kennedy Kan.
Catherine: Why don't we start with you introducing yourself?
Kennedy: I'm Kennedy, an asset modeler and I'm also the particle guy on the team.
C: So we've interviewed asset modelors before but not someone that does particles. Do you want to explain a bit about what goes into creating a particle?
K: For particles, you have to do both realistic and fantasy. For realistic ones you start with research about what you would see in real life. For fantasy ones you normally do a bit of research but mostly what you imagine in your head. After you gather research you have to study the research a lot and continually adjust the particle to match. Testing is key. Details of natural elements are important like fire and water because they change over time, so those little details bring it together.
C: What do you like doing more, modelling or particles?
K: I prefer modelling, but doing something that merges them both at the same time interests me the most. Particles help to bring models to life.
C: What are some of the challenges you've encountered creating particles for VR?
K: Optimize. That is the biggest challenge ever. We have some coding shortcomings too on this project as far as particles go because we don't have a tech artist who specializes on writing the code for them.
C: What is your dream job after you graduate?
K: I would like to be an environment artist.
C: What is your favorite thing about VR?
K: It reaches the reason why I chose game design, because my reason to study game design is too create a work that I can touch but isn't real, and capture the moments important to your life.
C: What are your hobbies outside of working on this project?
K: Interior design for my photography studio, World of Tanks, and military stuff.
C: Anything else you'd like to say?
K: We're on the right track and this project will blossom into some amazing metaphor.
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