Lily city - Day 2: Back into VR - composition and mood

General / 27 août 2018

Hi everyone! 

I'm back for my second blog post. So to recap the idea was to make a city based on the Lily. It will be an innocent environment focused on agriculture and residence. There is this faction of moth people trying to introduce a capitalistic lifestyle to the happy and innocent lily people, slowly corrupting the friendly city. 

So back into the working on the image! 

Importing the scene back into VR

After the initial renders I made in the last post I imported the scene into Gravity sketch to create some curved structures to add to the scene. These structures, together with the existing lily architecture are used to create a visual pathway through the scene, and lead the eye towards the focal point

After that I went into Oculus medium to generate some quick vegetation to test out with the scene. I imported the little islands and the road and populated them with quick lily plants.

The way I tried to do this is by first sculpting a lily and using it as a stamp to copy it around the scene. By doing this you can get quick results like using a custom brush in photoshop. 

Back into the scene, now with added plants and gravity sketch objects I tried to come up with a lighting pattern to create some kind of rythm in the scene.

The scene is starting to become more and more populated. Keep in mind though that this is very far from the final image. In my typical day to day workflow I model quick scenes to turn into a final illustration in photoshop. My goal is to try and incorporate VR techniques into my workflow and to spend a bit more time and thought on my images. 


So while working on the city in Cinema 4D and VR I'm also trying to think about a composition for this image, keeping in mind rythm and scale. Usually when I work on a scene I make these horrible scribbles to suggest elements or figure out a composition.

I make an abstract value sketch to see if I can make a visual path through the image

And I often make quick black and white sketches to figure out where to add and where to remove detail! 


At this point I think I want to go for some kind of dark mood, with streaks of light adding hope and positiveness to the scene. Perhaps a sky like this? With dark clouds weighing the city down. I'd love to try something with almost a golden color. Combined with the greens from the vegetation and perhaps purple lights to make the city feel alive. But this will all be trial and error once I take this into photoshop. 

  Thanks again for checking out my rather brainfarty blog! Let me know if you have any questions!