A couple of years ago I stumbled across the work of UK Illustrator Liam Brazier and was immediately drawn in by its angular charm. Liam uses the polgonal lasso tool in photoshop to create the masterpieces seen below and once again I was surprised at how such a simple technique can create such a beautiful final product.
In particular I was drawn to his collection of Superhero illustrations and yesterday I finally got round to ordering my favourite piece entitled ‘Cave Man’ (the Batman one). I can’t wait to put it up in my studio.
Liam’s work is closely linked to a trend that is featuring heavily in illustration, animation and games at the moment – the low poly 3D style. Like the illustrations above, basic polygon shapes are used but this time to create 3D models.
This technique not only creates a beautiful style but also keeps render / processing times down due to the simplicity of the models. The more sides an object has, the more detailed it becomes which therefore requires more time to render. So not only does this technique optimise performance (particularly in animation and games) it also produces a really appealing visual style. I’ve had a little play around with low poly models in the past and although it’s easy enough to make the shapes themselves, the skill is in the lighting and textures used.
For examples of how the pros do it, take a look at my Low Poly pinterest board.
Time to go and wait by the front door for my Batman print to arrive!