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I truly believe that inspiration can come from anywhere. In this case, it came from spite, it may have also had something to do with the fact that I live next to a highway, but who’s to say?

I should clarify. When I say spite, I mean that this was really the second time I attempted a scene like this. From a conceptual standpoint, the original scene was spot on, however, I just never really liked it enough to post it, something about it was just wrong, so it sat in my “To-Do” pile for a while as I couldn’t bring myself to move it to my “finished” pile.

Fast forward a few months and I’m looking around for ideas. I open a folder on my computer that has all my ideas in it, and at the time the only one there was the highway scene. At this point, I was already having a frustrating week from job hunting, so staring at a project I just couldn’t make work didn’t exactly help. Or did it?

I couldn’t stand it anymore, I hate leaving a project half done, so I decided to take another crack at it. Step 1. Delete the file outright. In hindsight, not a great move, but it felt sort of cathartic to do, so I rolled with it. Next, I had to figure out why it failed in the first place, after watching it over and over I couldn’t exactly figure out why it was wrong, I knew it was, I knew I didn’t like it, but I couldn’t figure out why exactly. So, as I often do when I need a moment, I starred out the window. Suddenly, I had one of those A-ha moments. I live next to a highway… how did I not use this before now?

Once I had the model set up, and the cars driving ( on the wrong side of the road, something I only just now realized ) I had to light it, now, mostly my models have bold colours and highlight accents. But, my reference was set at night, so, why not right? I went with it. It was only after I finished setting up the lights that I fell in love with the flat grey colour look. I couldn’t bring myself to colour the cars anything, as it through the whole scene off. Plus, with this being a second crack at a previous scene, I didn’t want to over think it. Thus, this beauty was born!

Now, I can finally move that project from “To-Do” to “Finished” and feel successful again!

Old version, which I only show to compare it to the new version

Old version, which I only show to compare it to the new version

New version, which to me feels much more complete and realized than the original version. I guess it just goes to show that I actually am improving at this.

New version, which to me feels much more complete and realized than the original version. I guess it just goes to show that I actually am improving at this.