MICROCOSM

2016

This piece was created as part of my final academic studies into photographic art, and was subsequently exhibited at an end of year show held in Cardiff during May 2016. My goal was to use CGI and photography to create a very large, detailed visualisation of how different personalities within different social situations live (happily and unhappily) side by side. The viewer can draw comparisons with neighbouring rooms, as well as determine narratives, comedic, mundane, sinister etc.

The apartment building was the perfect representation in which to explore a microcosm of this nature, however, fictitious narrative was only part of my goal. The underpinning intent was to create an image that would invite voyeuristic exploration into the lives of the people within each of the rooms. I aimed to indulge the natural curiosity that people have with other people, as they observe their behaviour, or in this case, determine their behaviour through the signs presented in the still. Like Hopper’s Night Windows, and Hitchock’s Rear Window, I want to put the viewer in a position of power of looking without being seen, and at the same time a position of risk, of being seen looking.

Of course this image presented a unique challenge in terms of volume. I had designed a building with twenty rooms, each of which had to be filled with personal items, and setup to reflect individual lifestyles, allowing the viewer to construct a narrative. To this end I produced conceptual artwork and designs for each room to help me plan the final image.

The final piece was not intended to be photorealistic, however I have leaned on photography quite heavily to help define relatable items within the image. Most of the 3D assets I have modelled myself, however to save time I’ve used low poly stock models for the people and plants.

Concepts and Designs

Microcosm concept

Colour Concept Art : Digital Paint

Pencil drawing

Pencil drawing

Pencil drawing

Pencil drawing

Pencil drawing

Pencil drawing

Pencil drawing

Pencil drawing

Pencil drawing

Pencil drawing

Pencil drawing

Pencil drawing

Pencil drawing

Pencil drawing

Pencil drawing

Initial Design Sketches : Pen and Pencil

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