Author: Rodolfo Antonio Salido Benítez
Class: Intr/Art-Making:3-D Practices
Completion Date: June 3, 2016
Style: Low polygon digital sculpture.
Genre: Digital Sculpture
Software: Autodesk Fusion 360.
Techniques: Geometric modeling. 3D rendering.
The following project is a rendering of a digital sculpture capturing a lounging pose, a low polygon geometric abstraction of a relaxing body position I constantly fell into while entertaining deep introspection. It is a playful product of my acquisition of new geometric modeling techniques. It exclusively employs 4 geometric modeling tools: loft, chamfer, draft, and mirror. The sculpture only has one rounded feature around the waist which contrasts with every other corner or joint around it. Bilateral symmetry was achieved through mirrored design and the overall pose of the sculpture was adjusted until satisfaction was achieved with parametric modeling with interdependent features.
Low polygon aesthetics are becoming more widely reproduced. They can be traced back to early 3D video games where hardware limitations placed a constrain to the amount of polygons that could be rendered on screen with a frame rate fluent enough for smooth gameplay. Nowadays, game developers choose low poly as a stylistic approach to game design justifying less effort in high fidelity graphics in exchange for a focus on storyline or gameplay.
The process of transforming organic natural forms into geometric abstraction allows for artistic representations of reality and contemporary artists are embracing the low polygon aesthetic in their pushback against hyperrealism in graphics design. This rejection of high fidelity representations of the real world resembles the pronounced shift in art practice fueled by the introduction of early photography. Photography provided a means to objectively capture a glimpse of reality that very few painters were able to rival. Consequently, art practice shifted it's attention towards depicting unique perspectives of reality and embracing human subjectivity. This new school of thought gave rise to artistic movements like Impressionism, Cubism, and Expressionism.