Making of A Time Not Forgotten

I was excited about Humster3D.com's car challenge for several reasons. One, it was an opportunity to design my own vehicle (which I've never done before) and two, a chance to explore one of favorite art periods—Art Deco! 

pen sketches...mostly just to get all of the bad ideas out of my system and perhaps discover a few things that work.

pen sketches...mostly just to get all of the bad ideas out of my system and perhaps discover a few things that work.

I knew that I wanted to create my own design that was Art Deco but mixed with some modern sensibilities so that it could fit on the road today. The design began with sketches on paper and then messing around with loftnurbs in Cinema 4D to create the body and fender design that I was after. This phase was obviously the longest as there was lots of play with proportion and curves to get a look that was appealing to me. Once the car was designed then came the fun part of doing test renders as i figure out shaders and such. This final phase called for further tweaking of the body design once I saw how light was falling on it.

final design view 1

final design view 1

final design view 2

final design view 2

final design view 3

final design view 3

final design view 4

final design view 4

Finally, it was time to build a story around the car—my favorite part of being an artist. I've always loved the art deco designs of Anton Furst from the 1989 Batman movie with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. The city hall building was what I drew inspiration from for my building. Once I modeled the architecture, it was time to create custom textures to give the building some age and character. Starting with Arroway's concrete textures, i layered them with additional grunge and decay in photoshop to match the look of the film. Another touch was the under lighting of the building which, to me, makes it feel even more art deco in appearance based on old art deco posters that i've seen. To complete the image, I photographed my lovely wife in a 1930's silver dress (you look beautiful love!!)

Clay render of the finished scene before all of the shaders are applied

Clay render of the finished scene before all of the shaders are applied

The final image was rendered with VrayforC4D and composited\colored in Photoshop. Thanks for looking!

Final Image

Final Image