New trimester, new project; the break provided a breath of relief and relaxation from the workload bestowed upon us by the previous project but it is time to get back on track and excited for the new trimester!
During the first week, we were divided into new teams and briefed on the requirements for the studio 3 project. While we brainstormed the theme of our environment (which will be the main component of the project), as well as ideas for the character and story, we had a few variations. The first idea involved a clocktower and a steampunk kind of environment while the story centered around a character trying to restore the balance of time in his world. This idea also pushed forward our final idea to which I will arrive shortly. The second idea was set in Al Hamra; a city in Spain and revolved around an ancient Andalusian fountain, however story was not fully developed. Finally, our main idea is set in a cyberpunk futuristic setting and inspired by the trailer of Cyberpunk 2077.
To give it a unique look we decided to set it in the futuristic Dubai and incorporate some traditional Arabic elements such as Mashribiya patterns. Our character, who was initially derived from the Emirati tale of Umm Al Duwais will also feature clothing and artifacts reminiscent of the Arabic style. Here are a few conepts which I made for the Mashribiya designs.
In our final production we have achieved a similar cyber Punk style. Our environment features dark purple and blue tones and mimics a futuristic landscape. We incorporated some glowing elements similar to what is seen in Cyberpunk 2077. Below is one of the renders of the skyline of our environment. This version does not include the main tower but only a placeholder.
I believe that we have successfully achieved the style we were aiming for but of course there could be some improvements such as more lighting and details. Below is the model of the main tower which was inspired by UAE architecture and given a futuristic twist.