Sunday, September 16, 2012

Technique for Atmospheric Maquettes



How do you suppose this landscape image was created?


Kim Keever sculpts miniature scenes, immerses them in a 200 gallon tank, disperses pigment in the water, and lights them with colored lights.
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Thanks, Stephen Henderson-Grady.
From DesignBoom.
Kim Keever's Website

15 comments:

Tom Hart said...

Wow....just to clarify, James - are we seeing a photograph of the created scene, or a painting? I'm thinking it's a photograph (?)

James Gurney said...

Tom, yes, we're looking at photos, but the pigment in the water and the lighting gives them a very painterly quality.

Craig Banholzer said...

I was very impressed when I thought I was seeing a painting, but when I realized it was just a photo, i felt let down. Is there something wrong with me? Does anyone else feel the same way?

CoryJay said...

I don't feel let down, I just think it's extremely cool. Besides, nothing's stopping YOU from trying to realize the final image in paint, or anything else.

Anonymous said...

Why feel let down? The presentation is about maquettes (models). There was as much or more effort in creating the maquettes and the supporting process for this image (look at that crazy studio set up) as there would be for any painting of a similar scene. It's just really amazing to me.

Sketching Artist said...

OH! This is amazing. I would love to see a video of the process. I think it's a very cool technique. I wonder what brand or product is used to paint the sculptures that would hold up well being immersed in water. Also, what do suppose the maquettes are sculpted from?

Unknown said...

I think it is very interesting. One could probably achieve the impression with glazing, but there is a fascination by the artist with creating a mini-reality and then playing with multiple atmospheric conditions that has a creative and entertaining component to the process. It is a "fluid" process…pun.

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Matthew Meyer said...

Wow! Talk about complex! I love it!

Anonymous said...

I'm teaching atmospheric perspective through the Hudson River School to my seventh graders and this reminds me of it.

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matt said...

This is amazing stuff, i havent come across other sculptural pieces that achieve such a painterly final look. Can you imagine something How cool would it be to have something like this in your living room? An otherworldly underwater environment, beautifully lit, but with really exotic fish swimming around it. Though i am sure the pigment in the water wouldnt be good for them :)