Overdoing a Simple Contest

Work In Progress / 02 July 2018

So finally I crossed the barrier that was holding me back in posting my thoughts online. Let's go:

For this first blog I'm going to tell you about a little contest I'm joining. The premise is simple. Download the supplied energy drink can and give it a fancy texture.

Of course my mind doesn't allow myself to think simple and before I know it, some weird designs start to assemble themselves in my brain. The main question being: what would this can look like if it was from a magical world that stuck in the 17th century.

At this time I figured I wanted to try my hand at baroque. I've made some curls before, but never actually went all the way into all the little intricate details. I found out that one of the common elements in Baroque ornaments is the Acanthus leaf. After a little practice and drawing examples, I figured it out. I used curves to layout the shapes, and then filled in the surface as mesh.

So now for the can. The result idea is simple enough, decorate the can with these leafs and make it look pretty. There was another idea though. I wanted the can to have Crystalline  windows, this will be useful for a purpose I will keep a secret for a little while more. After building some frames, this is what I ended up with.

Of course, this is far from the finished result. But so far it starts to take the shape that we want it. The acanthus leaves, sadly, couldn't be as curved and curly as I'd like them. They will have to be baked onto the surface, and curling them too much won't give a satisfying result.

The next post is going to show you more of the ideas that I have and how I implemented them.

For now, farewell.

The contest is hosted by Sketchfab and is called "Texturing Challenge: Beverage Can"