Smite x Stranger Things Crossover

I had the chance to help bring the Upside Down to the Roman Arena for the Stranger Things crossover! This is the first thing I got to work on since joining Hi-Rez; I learned a ton from my team and I'm happy with how it turned out.

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Stuff I did:
- Tiling material for the growth on the floor: wriggles like tentacles, spreads like roots/nerves
- Upside Downy assets around the portals
- Fun shader work to give the portal's glowy pulse a bit of depth
- Set dressing with outsourced props
- Tweaked existing textures/materials to add webbing and match new tone/lighting
- Christmas lights and letters, only slightly anachronistic! Also fun shader work to make the lights spell fun stuff
- Backdrop Mindflayer: quick rigging/animation, smoky shader, matinee-animated rim lighting timed with the lightning strikes
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Extra shout outs to these amazing folks, who helped with lighting/set-dressing/outsourcing/concepting/direction-giving and more:
https://www.artstation.com/ayayron
https://www.artstation.com/christiandavis
https://www.artstation.com/wwsketch
https://www.artstation.com/justinbaker
https://www.artstation.com/awfulwaffles
https://www.artstation.com/monicabauer
https://www.artstation.com/trabbold
https://www.artstation.com/clise
+ Ramon Garcia (hmm no artstation page)

Mindflayer, no lightning

Mindflayer, no lightning

Lightning gives it that sweet ominous rim light

Lightning gives it that sweet ominous rim light

'Latin' alphabet, not historically accurate but more user-friendly

'Latin' alphabet, not historically accurate but more user-friendly