Bringing Lil Fella to Life

 
 

Look at him. Look!

Not unlike Liam Neeson, we have a very special set of skills. Unfortunately for anyone that needs help retrieving their family members, our skills lean heavily towards creating captivating images. A mix of 3D and illustration, we saved exactly zero lives birthing this little tree-freak into the world but we sure had fun doing it. Here is a quick glimpse into how we brought him to life.

 
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As with everything in life, it started with beverages and some light iPad doodling in Procreate. Inspired by tricky canopy-creeping critters, we wanted to see what our version of a (maybe) friendly life form might look like.

 

Plummeting into 3 dimensions, our fuzzy friend slipped into something more comfortable—a soft knitted skin and teeth so clean Outkast wrote a song about them.

 
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Then came the background. Taking cues from the existing lighting we illustrated a backdrop that feels vibrant and colorful, giving the Lil Fella a home that is more than just transparent pixels. Finally, adding in some glowing fireflies—this dude was ready to shine.

 
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And shine he did, until we found ourselves wondering, “What if Lil Fella had some secrets?” What if when the sun went down we might get a deeper glimpse into our new friend’s identity? We sketched some ideas and jumped back into render mode.

 
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We were right. That damned rascal was hiding something. No guts… Not a single organ in that socky sonnovagun…

 
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While we fancy ourselves creative grease men, we don’t work alone. A few tools of the trade:

 
Geoff Tice