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July 19, 2013 / KingsIsle Entertainment

The Evolution of Bartleby – Part 3

Last time Principal Artist Jeff Toney finished modeling the magic world tree, Bartleby.  The 3d model we left you with doesn’t look like Bartleby just yet! 

When I left off last post we had Bartleby modeled and were able to walk around him in our custom game client to make sure we liked his size and the shape of his features. Still there was one major step left to do; we had to texture him.

Textures are pictures we create to give the illusion of different materials (in this case the components of the tree) instead of the flat polygons that we had in place. Bartleby was made of bark, but he had a canopy of leaves and his eye looked more like a human eye than one carved out of wood. You might think we would start with painting the textures first, but we first must plot out where the texture will wrap around the object.

In 3d Studio Max, there is a process called UVW Mapping that lets you decide how a texture gets wrapped around an object. Think of the texture as a piece of paper that you can wrap around the object. We could draw on this piece of paper and the model would reflect that change. Like a piece of paper, you can make different shapes with this texture. A single piece of paper could be folded into anything from a cylinder to a square to just the flat paper itself. Since Bartleby was a cylinder at his basic core, we can wrap this paper around him the same way.

3-01 Bartleby Cylinder

Notice the cylinder around Bartleby in the last picture? This is how his texture will be wrapped around him. Our next step was to unfold the piece of paper back into a flat plane. When we did that, his texture looked a lot like this.

3-02 Bartleby UV Unwrap

This looked a bit like a jumbled mess, but this is usually how we start. Every line and vertex of the 3D Bartleby model is represented here. If you look at the bottom middle of the previous picture, you can see the outline of Bartleby’s face mesh. From this point, we could tweak and move each vertex to get a better “painting canvas” for our texture. In the end of this process, we got a texture map that looked more like this.

3-03 Bartleby UV Unwrap Cleanup

That is more like it. You can see his face was as big as possible in the space provided and the general bark was overlapping with itself. I then used this as a first sketch for my final texture.

3-04 Bartleby Texture01

I started to paint a bark texture over the whole painting. I made it a bit cartoony in style with not a lot of details at this point.

3-05 Bartleby Texture02

I then added shadows and highlights for his face and eye, and added some moss and grass to the polygons that touched the ground.

3-06 Bartleby Texture03

I finally add a layer of shadow and light and some detail bark texture to make sure he looked like a tree. For Wizard101, our texture style is cartoony with just a hint of realism. This texture was then mapped to the model that we already had and he looked like this.

3-07 Bartleby Mapped

That was more like it! After a few tweaks, he was then ready for an effects pass. This was done by a specialized artist who added all the small environmental animations that surrounded the tree. This included beams of sunlight, small leaves floating down, wind, rain, and anything that helped give the scene more life. After a round of effects, here was the final Bartleby as he is in the game.

3-08 Bartleby Final

I am very proud to have worked on Wizard101 for so long, and always get a kick out of walking around Ravenwood with my characters, knowing that I helped create the great, wise tree that is the center of this magical school. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I hope it helped in showing a bit of the process of how I make art in Wizard101!

Jeff Toney
Principal Artist


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  1. kathy / Jul 19 2013 11:13 am

    the graphics is wiz 101 are awesome, when my friends come over and see me playing my game they are amazed at the colors and realism and the antics of the charactors.

    • Kat / Jul 19 2013 4:27 pm

      If you think Wizards has cool graphics check out world of warcraft

    • Billy / Jul 19 2013 4:43 pm

      The graphics aren’t that great… but okay..

  2. asher / Jul 19 2013 11:31 am

    bartleby is very important if he wasn’t in the game you wouldn’t make it too level 90

    • chris / Jul 19 2013 4:42 pm

      I only hope the graphics look like the ones on tv

  3. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 11:41 am

    i live this game so much 😀

    • Cody Dragonblood the Balance dude / Jul 19 2013 12:42 pm

      same here. best comuter game ever!

      • Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 4:50 pm

        totally agreeing best game I had ever played

      • laura / Jul 19 2013 4:51 pm

        yep best game I have ever played

    • Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 1:24 pm


  4. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 11:42 am

    Just Like Sience lol but bartelby is cool don’t use him anymore I og to my house but yeah

  5. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 11:42 am


  6. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 11:42 am

    i knew there was something different about Bartleby!

  7. AlexanderLionheart / Jul 19 2013 11:45 am

    Cool can you teach me?

  8. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 11:50 am

    Lol i wish i could work for KI one day!!

    • Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 12:37 pm

      this seems so awesome
      i hope one day i too can program and design like you guys.

  9. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 12:14 pm


  10. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 12:20 pm

    i love wizard101 thanks for making it

  11. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 12:23 pm


  12. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 12:23 pm

    it amazes me to no end how much work is put into each and every graphic in the spiral. And i will admit, there are days when i just walk around the spiral to just enjoy it. I have many spots that I go to when i just want to wander aimlessly. Insider bartleby is one of my peaceful places and the 2 moles in a boat in floating land is one i go to for a laugh. thank you for all the hard work guys. Great job keep it up.

  13. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 12:24 pm

    The Graphics for the game are so Awesome, even my 7 and 6 year old cousins know how great it is, and not because i explained it to them! 😀 I wanna work for wizard101, i know what kids these days like in a video game and so far so genius and brilliant!!!!!!!! But Still, GREAT JOBBBB!!!!!!!!!

  14. roslyn jademask / Jul 19 2013 12:27 pm

    lol live on this game add me people my name is Roselyn jademask add meh 😀

  15. alexis jade / Jul 19 2013 12:30 pm

    I think they made fantastic model of bartleby and he is super extraordinary

  16. isaiah clark / Jul 19 2013 12:33 pm

    hello wizard101 fans i just want to say that wizard101 is the best game i have ever lade eyes on and if you please look at my idea of creating a new game called angle101 please if you do that will be the most fantastic thing of my life

    • Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 4:16 pm

      Great idea Isiah Clark

    • Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 4:49 pm

      isiah, i’d like to know, is it Angle101 or Angel101

  17. Zachary Stormblood / Jul 19 2013 12:34 pm

    Looks really advanced and cool

  18. TheWizzyPerson / Jul 19 2013 12:36 pm

    I always wondered how much work was put into bartleby to make him alive!! Now I wonder, how he got the name?

  19. sara shadowstalker / Jul 19 2013 12:41 pm

    I love this game thanks for blogging this stuff I’ve always wanted to know how you people made bartleby.

  20. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 12:54 pm

    this game is my favorite and to see how he came into the game is amazing 😀

  21. chance / Jul 19 2013 12:56 pm

    the game is great i play it all the time and to see how he was made and put out into the game is awesome

  22. ILoveWizard101 / Jul 19 2013 1:00 pm

    this inspired me more to make my own game.

  23. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 1:01 pm

    Wwithout that tree no one would be able to leave wizard city! No! Without him there would not be a spiral.

  24. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 1:05 pm

    Love the game. Been playing for years.

  25. Jasmine Pearlheart / Jul 19 2013 1:32 pm

    as usual, Kingsisle has only the best working for them awesome!

  26. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 1:34 pm

    man i love this game i am so addicted!

  27. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 1:38 pm

    That’s awesome!

  28. Cassandra Spellbright / Jul 19 2013 1:44 pm

    wow this is so different then I expected cant believe all the work that went into just him imagine creating the whole wizard 101 experience!

  29. JohnThunderSword / Jul 19 2013 2:06 pm

    Wow lol

  30. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 2:08 pm


  31. Allison / Jul 19 2013 2:12 pm

    Wonderfully put together! I never knew even step one of this process. I totally get it now! 🙂 Thank you! KI rocks!

  32. tyler spellfriend / Jul 19 2013 2:23 pm

    wow! now that is cool! Bartleby is now born that is so epic

  33. Hannah Dawn / Jul 19 2013 2:38 pm

    Does Pirate101 have a portal of some kind like this? I barely play Pirate101, so I’m a little curious.

  34. shelby / Jul 19 2013 2:52 pm

    that looks fun

  35. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 2:54 pm

    i love that tree

  36. taylorswift friend / Jul 19 2013 2:56 pm

    this so cool how they did that I LOVE WIZARD101!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 3:03 pm

    i love this game so much you don’t know

  38. serina / Jul 19 2013 3:11 pm

    that look so cool.

  39. Linda Handel Tunender / Jul 19 2013 3:19 pm

    Love the game enjoyed learning about Bartleby.

  40. Nicole Marting / Jul 19 2013 3:22 pm

    It’s amazing how much time and effort you put into wizard 101 and pirate 101. I started playing this game so I could play with my 4 yr old grandson. I’m so happy that children under 13 have only menu chat however, I think you should monitor the player using text chat. Too many kids have found very clever ways of cursing. Perhaps there should be some kind of wizard monitors in the common areas and traveling to several crowded realms to take action on these players. Thank you for making every play session enjoyable and exciting for both my grandson and me.

  41. Mindy Newman / Jul 19 2013 3:24 pm

    fantastic, as an art teacher for the last forty years, I can’t tell you how exciting this is to me.

  42. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 3:25 pm

    Like wow just wow i didnt know wizard101 would be this fanous ^.^
    I just check my plants but each year they make new worlds.0.0

  43. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 3:39 pm

    wow this is so cool!

  44. joshua / Jul 19 2013 3:45 pm

    when are you going to make a new world

  45. williamfirebrand / Jul 19 2013 3:49 pm

    wizard101 is awesome (:

  46. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 3:50 pm

    this game is sooo awsomw!!!

  47. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 3:51 pm

    i love wizards 😀

  48. emmaduskspear / Jul 19 2013 4:00 pm

    i so love w101 i play at least 12 hours a day the graphics are amazing and i have been drawing for 10yrs and i havent ever been that good at draing like that

    • emmaduskspear / Jul 19 2013 4:01 pm

      drawing lol

  49. sullie / Jul 19 2013 4:02 pm

    I been playing this game win i came out it a rally good game keep up the good work

  50. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 4:06 pm

    Great job with all the textures you’ve made. Keep up the good work.
    -Talon SkySong

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