How are people creating these imaginative abstract visuals?

This article celebrates the expressive designs of creatives’ like David McLeod who are utilising Cinema 4D to create stunning pieces of art.

So how are these people creating such imaginative and abstract visuals?

One of the current most popular software tools used is Cinema 4D, a motion graphics program created by Maxon. Cinema 4D allows you to create 3D models out of preset shapes like spheres, pyramids and squares, but it also gives you the freedom to create any shape you can imagine. This creative application also gives you access to vast online libraries where you can download 3D and 4D models for free to create a fantastic start point for your project.

Once you have created a 3D model you can apply preset materials such as gold, concrete, plastic and wood, or create your own textures and materials. It’s the quality of the 4D render is what gives the art its hyperrealism. Cinema 4D allows you to play and experiment at the touch of a button. When you are happy with the look of your art you can bring it to life and animate your design. You can animate specifically what you would like to happen or apply physical properties to your subject, like hardness and squishiness and run a simulation before committing to your final output. An example of this would be making a sphere and giving it a ‘squishy’ structure, applying gravity and then to simulate it falling to the floor. You can pause the simulation as its impacting to create interesting and unique results. This means that you can create physically accurate, dynamic visuals without having to place and shape every detail. Cinema 4D does the hard work for you.

Why do we love this new medium?

The aesthetics of this work takes design to the next level, producing a futuristic and almost science fictional quality. There is something captivating and attractive about the bright, clean, perfect world in which these visuals sit. The ability to create and apply an almost infinite amount of textures to an multitude of shapes makes the possibilities only limited by imagination. You can create anything from small graphics with vibrant, happy qualities; to dark, moody, barren vistas. One of the things that makes this medium so exciting is the quality of the output. Artwork can be exported at a very high resolution meaning the final images contain beautifully complex detail. We ask, what might this evolve into in the future? As computers get more powerful and software becomes more sophisticated designers are capable of producing increasingly detailed artwork. What will the applications for this software be in the future? 4D advertising? Virtual reality sculptural exhibitions? Design for 3D printing? The possibilities are endless!

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