Have you ever crumbled the candy wrap after enjoying the sweetness inside?
Have you ever jotted down a secret message and crumbled the paper to hide it?
Have you ever given someone a letter and hoped they would never read it?
Have you ?
Yes, I have.
They are all memories, vitreous and, therefore, frail. In this series, I would like to visualise these memories, in a different way, still glass-like, yet firm and sturdy.
Along the journey, I would like to share with you how these “sinuous words” are made.
To model a crumbled piece of paper in Maya, I decided to utilise a real-life mould rather than starting from scratch with imaginative folding lines. Thus, I created some “pieces of paper” by painting acrylic on pieces of canvasses and crumbled them. The acrylic, when dry, hardened the canvasses and kept them into shape. I even sprayed a layer of 3M adhesive on them for more rigid shapes. I also took front-view pictures of them.
However, pieces of canvasses were flat and hard to take from side views. Thus, it was still tough to model the “papers” from a single image plane. The grids that I drew on Photoshop helped to indicate where the folding lines went.
I started modelling,
Then made scrawling writing,…
And did many testings in rendering.
Although the series just has begun on the computer and there will still be some time before it could be materialized, I hope you’ve had some intriguing moments reading what’s been in my mind and on my hand!