Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 Posted by Jim Thacker

Discover how Epic Games designed Fortnite

Visitors to Gnomon’s Hollywood campus next Thursday, 30 August, will have the chance to discover how a modern cultural phenomenon was created at The Art of Fortnite: An Evening with Epic Games.

The free event, which will also be streamed on the school’s Twitch channel, features sessions on Fortnite’s concept art, character texturing workflow and environment design from key artists at Epic Games.

Discover the art secrets of gaming’s biggest breakout hit
Although the game is still officially in early access, Fortnite has notched up over 125 million registered players in under a year, largely through its world-conquering Battle Royale mode.

A more colourful, teen-friendly alternative to multiplayer online shooter PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which pioneered some of its key mechanics, Fortnite Battle Royale quickly became a breakout hit.

The transition from game to cultural phenomenon came earlier this year, when mainstream TV not only began to feel the need to explain to parents what Fornite is, but invite them to feel concerned about it.

The Art of Fortnite: An Evening with Epic Games features a rather more factual discussion of what makes Fortnite tick, with separate talks on the game’s concept art, texture pipeline, and environment design.

Speakers include Epic Games senior concept artist Ben Schafer, senior texture/shader artist Bradford Smith and environment artist Scott Homer, along with the firm’s global education evangelist Luis Cataldi.

As well as providing a fascinating glimpse at how Fortnite’s art style evolved, the event offers a valuable opportunity to discover key technical workflows used by artists in modern videogame production.

Users will be able to puruse topics in more detail in the closing Q&A session, with anyone following the live feed able to submit questions via Twitter.

Free to attend, but register online in advance
The Art of Fortnite: An Evening with Epic Games takes place at Gnomon’s Hollywood campus from 7.30-10.00pm on Thursday 30 August 2018. Entry is free, but you’ll need to register online in advance.

If you can’t make it in person, the event is being streamed on Gnomon’s Twitch channel. You don’t need to register to watch it online, and can ask questions via Twitter using the hashtag #gnomon.

Read more about The Art of Fortnite event on Gnomon’s website

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