1st Prize Winner
As a content creator, I heavily rely on digital technology as a source of inspiration and a means to carry out my creative vision. My academic background in software and hardware engineering makes me deeply appreciate the tools I use to bring about my ideas. I began making films and taking photos at a young age, using online tutorials to teach myself the fundamentals of shooting and editing. With my camera, our family computer, and the internet, I quickly began pushing the boundaries of any equipment at hand.
Technical limitations led me to develop workarounds to achieve my goals before I eventually upgraded to a new camera and switched over to the Adobe Creative Cloud. Since the transition to more advanced software, my capabilities of creative expression increased exponentially. Additionally, I began learning how to create 3D art, a medium that ultimately depends on digital technology from beginning to end. My love of 3D art, specifically, stems from the possibility of creating otherwise impossible, photorealistic imagery. Given that technology improved drastically over the last ten years, my capabilities as an artist followed that trend.
From capturing live visuals to completing post-processing, the entirety of my workflow involves some form of digital tech. This submission piece involved taking a digital photograph and using software to translate its perspective lines into a 3D environment. Then, I used a custom HDRI to light the scene with accurate, on-location lighting. Using my 3D software of choice, I introduced various models to complement the composition and tell a story. I finally rendered the image, composited it onto the original photograph with Photoshop, and color graded it with Lightroom. My art reflects the cutting-edge advancements in imaging technology, ultimately making it reflect the time during which I created it.