Making of: The wind of change

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This image is dedicated to Alizée Jacotey.

The Wind of Change (final version) Since September 2005, I started working on an artistic image which is constructed as a diptych. My image is made of two parts/sides which are in complete opposition: the dream world versus the nightmare world. The basic idea is the already known artistic theme of good versus bad or yin-yang. The entire image is filled with a multitude of symbols and correlations between the two parts. The same thing as seen through two different perspectives. Some things can be very good and very bad, it only depends on how you see it.

In 2005, I started working with an Athlon XP 1800+, 1 GB of RAM. I've encountered multiple hardware failures. Since December 2006, I bought a new PC to work easier on this project: Core 2 Duo E6700 with 2 GB of RAM. Until then, I was constantly dealing with memory limitations on the 32 bits environment. Unfortunately, I didn't work on the image since May 2007 due to a hardware failure of my new PC. In August 2007 I finished the project.

In November 2007, "The wind of change" image became the front cover of the 3D Attack magazine, which also featured a 4 pages interview with me (download PDF). In the previous month of the same magazine it was displayed in the "Best of Cinema 4D" gallery.

Thanks to Michael Auerbach, Radu Filip Cristian and to Tor-Erlend Elster for the continued support during this project and for the valuable feedback they gave me. I apologize if I forgot to list someone who provided me suggestions.

Diptych (source Wikipédia)

A diptych is a work of art (usually a panel painting) which is divided into two sections, or two carved panels which are hinged together. The whole is intended to be greater than the sum of the parts, thus the two must be closely related.

Technical details

  • Project size: 9,6 GB;
  • Project started in mid-august 2005 and finished in late August 2007;
  • Files: 1 560;
  • Total size of WIP images: 840 mb;
  • Polygons: 3 646 659 [both scenes];
  • Full resolution of the final image: 5 596 x 4 028 pixels;

Download the 3D objects from this project (ZIP file, 46 mb)