Through the Open Window

The title refers to the rare, chance discovery that explains why this student is no longer at their desk.  They ran to get their camera.

The title refers to the rare, chance discovery that explains why this student is no longer at their desk. They ran to get their camera.

Roughing out the scene.

Roughing out the scene.

The first props.

The first props.

Electronic props and scene elements.

Electronic props and scene elements.

Creating the insect mandala motif for the charger and textbook.

Creating the insect mandala motif for the charger and textbook.

Working up the holo-projector.

Working up the holo-projector.

Props and prop elements.

Props and prop elements.

A small selection of the scene WIPs.

A small selection of the scene WIPs.

Render Layers

Render Layers

The final scene from the right.

The final scene from the right.

The final scene from the top.

The final scene from the top.

The final scene from the back left.

The final scene from the back left.

A set of foam with formed clay insects, drying and awaiting painting.

A set of foam with formed clay insects, drying and awaiting painting.

The workboard base.

The workboard base.

Clay sculpting tools.

Clay sculpting tools.

Craft nails (like icing flower nails) awaiting use.

Craft nails (like icing flower nails) awaiting use.

A magnifying lamp on an arm, with cord.

A magnifying lamp on an arm, with cord.

Ok this really is a lump of clay.

Ok this really is a lump of clay.

A set of rough pliers.  I was running out of time and knew they would be in the background, so I could have done MUCH, MUCH better on them.

A set of rough pliers. I was running out of time and knew they would be in the background, so I could have done MUCH, MUCH better on them.

Wire for armature in different gauges.

Wire for armature in different gauges.

A pile of various reference books.

A pile of various reference books.

The induction charger with a mandala design.

The induction charger with a mandala design.

Just a silicone cutting mat.

Just a silicone cutting mat.

A simple tablet.

A simple tablet.

To create the mandala for the charger and books, I used the insects provided by the contest organizers to create a mandala, render it in Dimension, run it through Filter Forge in Photoshop, and then make a Substance from it.  I can't believe it worked!

To create the mandala for the charger and books, I used the insects provided by the contest organizers to create a mandala, render it in Dimension, run it through Filter Forge in Photoshop, and then make a Substance from it. I can't believe it worked!

The holographic projector.

The holographic projector.

The monitor.

The monitor.

The monitor screen made, using a photo from my garden for the background and one of the insects provided by the challenge.

The monitor screen made, using a photo from my garden for the background and one of the insects provided by the challenge.

The simple smartphone.

The simple smartphone.

The screen for the phone, which was designed to control the projector.

The screen for the phone, which was designed to control the projector.

The "product promo" style image rendered in Dimension, for the background of the phone screen.

The "product promo" style image rendered in Dimension, for the background of the phone screen.

I haven't entered contests for a while, so I forgot how really important it is that I do, because if gives me a chance to practice and learn new things. In this case, I learned a phenomenal amount about Substance Painter and Adobe Dimension in the creation of my entry for the "Adobe Stock - The Art of 3D Insects" challenge hosted here at Artstation.

I still feel as though my entry is rather unpolished and needs a lot of work, and it highlights the very large amount that I have yet to learn, but it's done and it captured the essence of the idea that evolved as I made it. And, I really did learn so much! I feel like this helped me speed up my Substance Painter workflow immensely, and it's a fabulous feeling to really immerse myself in learning again! I'm so thankful to Artstation, Adobe, and the Natural History Museum of London for holding this challenge!!

My original entry:
https://www.artstation.com/contests/adobe-dimension-adobe-stock/challenges/81

Date
March 9, 2020