In this passion project, I enjoyed the freedom to conjure up bizarre un-told vintage neon signs inspired by my favorite pinball machine themes. Each of these monuments use logos and bits and pieces of the artwork from the game, re-imagined here as giant signs.
Much of my motivation as a 3D artist is to create images that elicit imagination. To create something unique that makes the viewer draw on their curiosity and wonder more about it. While I craft my own stories and meaning behind each sign, the hope is that viewers will use their own imagination to extrapolate when/where/how each of these items came to be.
The project has been a great exercise in texturing, achieved by layering up many grunge maps, procedural aging techniques, and manually painted mattes.
Before building in 3D, I first designed each sign in 2D using primarily the original artwork from the pinball machines. Numerous design iterations were explored, trying to find the right balance between realistic and fantastical.