Bridge Rectifier – Breakdown

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“The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of the planter — for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way. He lives and labors and hopes.” – Nikola Tesla

 

Inspired by the innovations of the great Nikola Tesla and the possibilities of what Wardenclyffe Tower could have become.

This image aims to convey a sense of loudness and confusion which bleeds down and mixes with a quieter more relatable reality.

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After gathering reference material I went straight into blocking out shapes in 3D and finding a nice composition.

You’ll notice I add little low-poly human meshes into the composition very early on. With a large scene like this one it can be difficult get a sense of scale without any point or reference. Is it a small path over a stream, with a house at the end or is it a giant bridge leading to a massive skyscraper in the distance? To the human eye nothing gives a better reference for size than other people. Thats why I will often place people in various places when setting up a scene, even if there won’t be any in the final render.

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I initially tried to simulate arcs of electricity using a Laplacian Lightening Generator for blender but I couldn’t get any satisfying results. I did however convert some of the lightening to curves and used it with emission shaders to contribute some light to the scene.

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Software – Blender, Krita, GIMP

Special thanks to – JA12, mix123 and intracube in #blender on FreeNode and TARDISMaker on CG Cookie for their invaluable comments and constructive criticism.

Attribution to – KuhnIndustries for saving hours of modeling time with his “Gadgets,  Gizmos,  and Greebles” kit. (CC-BY)

 

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 Bridge Rectifier by Micah Denn is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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