Unreal Engine 5: how to level up your characters

Unreal Engine 5
(Image credit: J Hill)

Unreal Engine 5 is the latest update for Epic Game's epic real-time game engine. The new version comes packed with a host of cutting edge new features for 3D artists to create with. Ray-traced lighting, strand-based hair capabilities, a new editor and enhanced real-time rendering capabilities open up exciting new possibilities for character design. In this insightful article character artist, J Hill will share his top tips for improving your character designs with Unreal Engine 5. If you're in need of inspiration for your next character design then check out these incredible examples of 3D art.

Hill created this awe-inspiring character, FLEX, to have some fun whilst trying out some of the new features in Unreal Engine 5. "I wanted to have some fun creating something high quality that I wouldn't be able to make otherwise," he told us, "I set out to make a sci-fi girl with robotic arms and fun colours to play around with a different style and workflow than I'm used to. I love the cyberpunk genre because it's so open to interpretations and styles."

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J Hill

J Hill is a character artist. He's been working in video games for ten years and has been making art with computers for as long as he can remember.