Behind the Scenes: Wander – Shadow of the Colossus


Hi there everybody! My identify is Elder Barreto, and I am from Brazil. Artwork has all the time been part of my life, and since my Dad is a conventional artist, a giant a part of my creative formation comes from him. I began studying Blender throughout quarantine as a method to distract and problem myself, watching tutorials on Youtube and attempting to create property for a small sport venture with my brother. Since then, I’ve devoted myself to honing my expertise as a 3D artist.


The venture was impressed by the PlayStation 2 traditional Shadow of the Colossus, a sport that stands out for its immersive environment. The sport includes a fantasy setting with gigantic colossi that have to be defeated by the protagonist, Wander. To seize the model and aesthetics of the sport, a number of visible references have been collected, equivalent to screenshots, idea artwork and fan arts. As well as, the sport was revisited to investigate design components equivalent to shapes, colours, textures, and lighting. From these references, I might visualize the best way I needed the mannequin to look.

I organized all of the references with a instrument referred to as PureRef.


My pc {hardware} is as follows:

  • Ryzen 5-3600
  • 2x8GB RAM HyperX Fury
  • XPG Gammix M.2 SSD
  • Wacom Intuos S

The software program I used was:

  • Blender
  • Adobe Substance Painter
  • GIMP
  • PureRef


Beginning with Blender, I blocked the principle character by ranging from a sphere, utilizing Dyntopo to rapidly extrude and create the principle shapes. This instrument helps you to create natural shapes from a sphere by dynamically including or eradicating geometry.

After the principle sculpt was achieved, the mannequin needed to be reto-pologized as a way to be rigged and UV-unwrapped. I used an addon to hurry up the retopology half referred to as Quadremesher, which supplies a fairly respectable topology consequence with one click on.

With primary poly modeling, I created the belts, sandals, sword, and case.


As soon as the principle items have been achieved, It was time to rig the character.

The pose comes from an occasion of the sport itself, the place the protagonist stands within the presence of a risk.


With the multires modifier, you may create layers of subdivisions to sculpt tremendous particulars that the bottom mesh would not will let you. This helped me create folds and high-resolution particulars all through the mannequin, together with the sword and belt runes, pores and skin pores, and fabric folds.

It additionally lets you bake all these additional layers of subdivisions into a standard or displacement map, conserving all the small print and making the scene a lot lighter.

The bottom adopted the identical workflow: sculpting the bottom mesh, retopologizing, including a multires modifier to sculpt tremendous particulars, after which baking all of it to a standard map.


I used wind physics to simulate the cape’s motion, pinned the highest vertices, and added a weight paint to the underside the place I needed the wind to have extra impact.


I used Substance Painter to create PBR textures for the mannequin and base, following a workflow based mostly on layers and masks. I began with good supplies that already had real looking bodily properties, after which added hand-painted variations to customise their look.

I additionally used some Substance Painter options like anchor factors to create dynamic results between layers, equivalent to put on, dust, and scratches.

I exported the textures in separate maps for every channel (base shade, roughness, metallic, regular, and many others.) and utilized them in Blender utilizing the principled shader BSDF.


The hair was achieved utilizing Blender’s particle system, creating information hairs to later add interpolated youngsters particles.

I added three totally different layers of hair to interrupt some patterns and make the hair circulate seem extra naturally.

For the hair shading, I used a easy node setup that allowed me to tweak values simply. Utilizing the curve data node helped me have higher management of colours, including randomness and shade variation via the curve’s size.


To create a practical and dramatic lighting impact, I used a mix of space lights and ambient lighting. I added a dice with a quantity shader to create an impact of fog and light-weight rays, which assist to focus on components within the scene and create depth.

I used ambient lighting so as to add extra variation and realism to the scene, utilizing an HDRI picture as an oblique mild supply. The HDRI picture has excessive publicity values, which lets you seize the colours and shadows of the atmosphere extra precisely.

You may try the total timelapse video of this mannequin right here named, RECREATING Wander (Shadow of the Colossus) in BLENDER – Full Timelapse.

And that was the entire technique of this venture. Beneath are the ultimate renders. I hope you want them!

RENDER : Wander – Shadow of the Colossus

Thanks for studying the article, I hope you discovered it helpful. You may try a few of my work on my social media accounts. Have an exquisite day!

In regards to the Artist                       

Elder Barreto is a 3D artist from Brazil, at present working as an indie sport developer.