K-ON! Clubroom – Characters!

Time for a progress update. I’ve ported the loading screen from the Unity 4 version:

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But now you can select your favourite character! The full list:

  • Yui
  • Ritsu
  • Mio
  • Mugi
  • Azusa
  • Nodoka
  • Ui
  • Jun
  • Sawako

Choosing a character will change your height in the scene, from Azusa (150cm) to Sawako (165cm). There are also other consequences to your choice. For example, some Easter eggs may only be visible to a certain character.

There’s a few new items laying around as well. You may remember these cards from the second season OP (#2):

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And Ritsu’s lucky pencil makes an appearance, along with another surprise item from the first season:

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You might also notice that the lighting looks a bit different in the last two images. That’s because the season is now randomly selected from a list when you start the application. The current possibilities are:

  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Rainy Season

Just like your choice of character, the season will alter the environment.

 

Please don’t say, “you are lazy”, just know that I am crazy. I’ll post again once the Earth has rotated some more.

K-ON! Clubroom – Model Spotlight #1

Between progress updates, I thought it would be a good idea to showcase some of the existing assets in more detail.

Let’s take a look at the first spotlight model: Mugi’s keyboard.

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keyboard-spotlight-1As you can see, the model itself isn’t too complicated, although there are a few interesting curves hiding in the corners. The real detail is actually contained in the enormous texture file.

All the labels from the real instrument have been painstakingly recreated. With so many layers of text, lines and shapes, the source file comes to a total of 115 MB, and eats up almost 3.3 GB of memory when open. All that for a trim 553 KB final image!

keyboard-spotlight-2In the end, it was worth all the effort. When you lean in close using a VR headset, you can read every line of text, including a few Easter eggs hidden on the back.

Of course, the keyboard has a matching stand as well!

 

Watch the skies, and look forward to the next update!

K-ON! Clubroom – Back In Action!

It’s been a long time, but I’m finally ready to continue working on this project.

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The clubroom in the most recent Unity 5 build.

One of the lessons from K-ON! is that you shouldn’t be afraid to rely on your friends!

So if you have any experience 3D modelling and would like to contribute (I’m afraid it will have to be volunteer work), please leave me a message.

The following “major” assets have yet to be created:

  • The turtle and the hare on the banister outside
  • The amps for the various instruments
  • The cassette player
  • Ritsu’s drum kit
  • The old fan (RIP)
  • Decorations inside Ton-chan’s aquarium

 

Thanks for visiting! Yeah, I’m a rocket ship on my way to Mars.

K-ON! Clubroom – Parts 6 & 7

The next two builds were a lot of fun to develop.

K-ON! - 16 - Blackboard

Plenty of extra decorations were added to the blackboard. There’s some flowers, some animals, an Azu-nyan sketch and Yui’s evaluation of said sketch.

Hardcore K-ON! fans take note: Azusa’s “nyaan!” and Yui’s face are drawn in their respective theme colours.

K-ON! - 17 - Whiteboard

And the whiteboard makes its first appearance.

All the sketches on the whiteboard were traced from screen captures, except for the “Welcome!” message. Fans should recognise the character portraits from the opening of the K-ON! film (as well as Yui’s frolicking rabbit).

K-ON! - 18 - Badges 1

Scattered around the whiteboard are little stickers representing all the characters.

K-ON! - 19 - Badges 2

Each one is matched to an outfit from the Listen!! music video, except for the red and orange star sticker (which comes from Yui’s sticker hobby in season 2 episode 16).

For reference: Ritsu is the green sticker with blue spots, Mio is the purple sticker with red and yellow triangles, Mugi is the striped sticker with a heart, Yui is the lightning bolt with lips and Azusa is the sticker with red polka dots.

K-ON! - 20 - Projector Shadow

If you look closely, you can see some subtle ambient shadowing behind the whiteboard. I’m using Unity projectors to do simple shadows like this. Lots of furniture ends up using this technique in later builds.

K-ON! - 21 - Upgraded Blackboard

After creating the whiteboard, I went back and improved the texture on the blackboard. The music lines are now sharper, and there’s some extra detail on the surface.

These two builds were a lot of fun to develop; I think I stayed up past midnight drawing all the sketches! They’re also the first builds to feature background music. Right now, it’s just a single looping track (“Have Some Tea”), but the music will get a significant upgrade later.

 

Until next time, see you on Venus (I’ve been playing Destiny on PS4).