The Block-out Phase
I am sure everyone has heard of the block-out phase or grey boxing. It’s like storyboarding or sketching. Not only does it improve your creative output and final results. It is also used by the rest of the team to build and test the game early. For example, the programming team can already implement your block-outs. So designers can test their game designs.
So what is the block-out phase? See this as the sketching phase when drawing or painting. You are laying down the foundation and shapes of your art. You are searching for the composition, feel, and “if it works”. Let me use an example scene that I am currently working on.