Environmental Research and Concepts

I have the main idea for my storyline figured out but before I start into any proper modelling I want to make sure I have the right idea and inspiration on hand. As my cat will be in a city environment I want to make it as visually interesting as possible…without distracting too much from my main subject. Maybe with careful use of colour and light I can draw the viewers eye to the cat first and then allow time to take in his surroundings.

At the moment I am hoping to make the city a little grungy and run down looking. Battered walls, posters, garbage cans, tall buildings etc.. I’m sure I will take things out and add more elements in along the way, but for now it’s a start. I did a little research to begin.



Image Courtesy – poly count.com

The 3D work above is really inspiring. The artists name on poly count is ‘ThinkKlinck’… the first image shows his first concept whilst the second is the finished rendered piece. Amazing, so much detail. I know I won’t be able to reach this level on my own but it’s just nice to look at šŸ˜€

I had debated whether or not to have a time period for the city…possibly 1950s themed? But after some hard thinking I came to the conclusion that it would be better for me to focus solely on the cat as the modelling, rigging and animation alone is a lot of work.

The concept piece below by Gregory FromenteauĀ has a really nice atmosphere, although not exactly what I have in mind, the glow and time of day is something to consider. The fading of background elements is also something I hope to achieve with my city scape.


I did a very quick photo-mash piece using Photoshop to depict my first ideas on how the city might look but after looking at it the next day, it was far too complicated… making things too complicated is one of my worst downfalls.

I started to model out some simple assets such as some signage and a dumpster. Below are some quick renders of my progress.





polycount. (2017). run down city environment. [online] Available at: http://polycount.com/discussion/128120/run-down-city-environment [Accessed 14 Nov. 2017].

The Art Of Animation. (2017). [online] Available at: http://theartofanimation.tumblr.com/post/61948333770/gregory-fromenteau [Accessed 14 Nov. 2017].


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