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Doom : The Demon Gallery

Doom is just around the corner and today we’ve got an inside look at the details behind a host of the most popular demon’s you’ll find in the game,

The images below give a detailed view with words from the designers to show the thought and approach when bringing the classic beats into the modern era.

It’s great to see feature’s like this that highlight the depth of the design process and the faithfulness to stick to the roots when bringing such a classic franchise into the next generation.

Hugo Martin Cyberdemon

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The lore of the Cyberdemon drives the visual design of the character. The remains of this beast were found during an expedition through Hell. His lifeless body was brought back to our world and re-animated by the UAC using their technology. This model was created by Jason Martin based on a concept I did at the beginning of the project.

Hugo Martin Mancubus

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This design was completed very early on in development. We wanted to push the comic book, heavy metal aesthetic as far as we could. He has exaggerated proportions with realistic details and textures which is a visual theme we tried to maintain throughout the project.

Hugo Martin Prowler

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This design was originally concepted by Alex Palma. This rendering was my take on the design but many elements from Alex’s version remain intact.

Hugo Martin Possessed Engineer

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Playful but deadly, that’s the theme used in a lot of the monsters in DOOM. This Welder shambles along, looking for a good place to ignite himself. The rendering is meant to communicate the personality as well as the design of the character.

Alex Palma Baron of Hell

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The Baron of Hell was my first task on this project.  My job with this was to make the Baron look intimidating and fierce. This is what the final concept ended up looking like, although the final design for the game did change the colour of the Baron for the better.

Alex Palma Cyber-Mancubus

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Taking the calcified bone armor of a Hell Mancubus and replacing it with top-of-the-line UAC weapon technology, a big, heavy and tank-like beast was created making it the Cyber-Mancubus.  

Alex Palma Revenant

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A great thing for me in this project was helping design this demon. A lot of iterations came before this. Sticking to the original Revenant as a source of inspiration, while adding new and modern ideas, were the keys to recreate this demon. A running demon skeleton with a jet pack and mounted guns sounds very silly, but using our artistic experience we managed to render this demon out into something not just believable and scary, but iconic.

Hugo Martin Cyberdemon Orthographic

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Orthographic drawings are an important part of the design process; it’s where the design is truly laid out and finalized. This image helped establish the proportions of the Cyberdemon.

Hugo Martin Lost Soul

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Heavy Metal album covers of the ‘80s were a big influence on the visual style of this game. The Lost Soul is a screaming skull with horns and flames coming out the back, a heavy metal inspired demon design if there ever was one.

Denzil O’Neill – Baron of Hell Render

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The Baron is another classic demon. One of the key aspects to hit with The Baron was maintaining a chiselled read to his form in order to visually reinforce his brute strength.

Denzil O’Neill – Cacodemon Render

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My first task on the project was the Cacodemon designed by Hugo Martin. The ‘Caco’ is a very iconic demon so it was important to retain the original appeal but also evoke a fierce modern look. Originally tentacles flowed from his back, but we opted for classic horns in order to create a more aggressive silhouette read.

James Martin – Imp Render

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Fast, nimble and a real menace. The challenge here was to make him stand out, yet also be very much part of a hive mentality. Many artists worked together to bring this iteration to life. 

James Martin – Pinky Render

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Bringing the Pinky to life was a fun challenge. We went through many design iterations from Alex Palma and Hugo Martin. It was important to really dig deep on this iconic Doom demon and do the Pinky some modern justice.

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With over thirty years of gaming behind him, there's little he hasn't played but his currently fighting a severe addiction to Rocket League.

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