I have started refining the level designs / props in Adobe Illustrator / Photoshop using my earlier drawings as a template.
Take my simple 1×1 platform as an example.
The image is of a poor quality and would not give a good representation of the final product. I began to recreate this in Adobe Illustrator, starting with a 10cm by 10cm page and dividing this into 1cm squares using guidelines.
Using my drawing as a reference, I started assembling the cube using the line segment tool. Ensuring all the lines were parallel to make the perfect isometric image. I added extra detail on the top face as I felt it improved the overall look.
The image is already looking cleaner, therefore more professional. However, I felt the image still looked a bit flat. In result, I started applying tones of grey to shade the object to increase the 3D appearance. I exported the image into Photoshop to do this as I felt it was easier.
Finally, to complete the cube, I wanted an appearance of a blue glow emanating from the centre circle of the cube. This was a deliberate design choice as it adds a bold splash of colour in an otherwise white environment. Also adding to the overall futuristic theme.