Ques­tion What’s a good way of com­ing up with sci-fi con­cepts quickly? Tom Beeféte, France

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If I quickly want to gen­er­ate unique and in­ter­est­ing sci-fi de­signs I like to use a tech­nique called photo-bash­ing. Es­sen­tially I make a col­lage of pho­tos that I trans­form and paint on top of, to come up with shapes that I might not have thought up other­wise.

I start by block­ing in the sil­hou­ette of the char­ac­ter, then I in­cor­po­rate parts of pho­to­graphs I’ve taken dur­ing field trips. I’ve found that sides of mo­tor­cy­cles in par­tic­u­lar pro­vide a near end­less amount of shapes for sci-fi de­signs. Al­though vir­tu­ally any­thing cool or techy-look­ing can be used as source ma­te­rial.

Af­ter I’ve laid out the sam­pled parts of pho­tos and found a de­sign that I’m happy with, I start to paint on top of the pho­tos, fur­ther re­fin­ing the de­sign and light­ing. Don’t be afraid to try weird de­signs on sep­a­rate lay­ers– it just might work! I of­ten find that the best de­signs are happy ac­ci­dents that I would never have come up with if I hadn’t ex­per­i­mented.

It’s still im­por­tant to keep some sort of over­all logic for the de­sign, though. Keep it co­he­sive or else it runs the risk of look­ing goofy. Then again, who knows what kind of weird and ex­tra­or­di­nary tech­nolo­gies will be in­vented in the fu­ture? So don’t lock yourself down too much.

For this de­sign I imag­ine a fu­tur­is­tic main­te­nance worker. I in­tro­duce re­peat­ing el­e­ments to con­vey a techy look. This is an ear­lier stage

of the de­sign that fea­tures cutouts taken

from a cou­ple of mo­tor­bike pho­tos, which I took while out

and about.

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