Here are some buildings I made for the game Infinity using simple materials and the posters I created a while ago: a closed-down import/export business and a storage unit. Rather than realistic, I wanted them to look stylized and anime-esque. I also wanted to use easy painting and weathering to give the impression of a city at night. These are my first attempts, so I’m keen to perfect the idea in the future.
Here are the steps I followed if you’re interested:
- Spray the buildings dark blue all over and then lighter blue from above.
- Soak cut-up pieces of a Chinese language newspaper ($1.20 at my local newsagent) in water mixed with a little PVA and stick them all over the buildings.
- Stick the posters over the top of the newspaper with PVA glue. Colour them in grey with a copic marker (to reduce the saturation and make them look as though they are in the dark).
- Use ground-up brown and orange and black artist’s pastels to draw filth on the buildings, especially the edges.
- Spray the whole lot with a water bottle full of water tainted with brown and black ink. Smear the powders around a bit. Let it dry.
- Use metallic pens and various other markers to write graffiti.
- Seal with a matt sealer.
The neon sign was made by simply sticking the sign as-printed (i.e. not coloured in grey with the marker) on some foamcore.
I hope to improve the look with future buildings but I think it’s a good start, was easy to do, and has only cost about ten dollars so far not including the paints, markers and other supplies which I already owned. I think it would be great to perfect the method and use it on commercially produced model buildings, maybe with LEDs to light them up.
Questions and comments welcomed,
*I’m not joking. Do a Google Image search for “Infinity Gui Jia.” Never seen action and she’s already internet famous. That says something about internet fame I think…