Featured image of post The Animal Shrine - 01 - Start

The Animal Shrine - 01 - Start

The development process of The Animal Shrine - 01

Research and References

A moodboard screenshot that includes 17 images, drawings, old photographs and more of Feudal Japanese architecture, huts, gates.

I want to create a scene where the whole concept is mine. As such I decided not to use any art from the Environment Design category. I gathered some images and put them in one sheet in order to have the basic mood and ideas there.

Given that I’m not using any concept pieces, I was worried that I might struggle a bit. As such yesterday I visited my University’s library in order to do some research and get some books on the topic. I borrowed 3 books on the topic as you can see below.

A photo of two books. One is open, the other on top is closed. The one on top is " Japans Wooden Heritage" by Terunobu Fujimori and Mitsumasa Fujitsuka. Translated by Hart Larrabee.


Reading about the different buildings will help me immensely, as I feel like I need to know their purpose, not only their visual appearance. As you can see in the picture I’ve already went crazy with bookmarking quite a lot of pages. At some point it got so much, that I had to start even putting notes on the bookmarks to keep up with whats going on.

I have some sketches on paper and initial idea of the layout of my environment, but more to come possibly tonight. I’ll update you with some Unreal progress.

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