ADDING some HISTORY AND STORY
Research plays a big part in this process. The believability of a world doesn’t come from a literal application of a photo. The designer has to find a way to design the history and story of an environment that personifies and supports the personalities in it.
When creating an island that’s anthropomorphically inhabited by penguins, just designing from a photo wouldn’t be convincing. What makes it believable is applied history and story. Adding the two penguin monuments (above) made sense in establishing the penguin world, by giving a clear perception of their habitation of this environment.
This is a concept design of Walt Disney while serving as an ambulance driver during the tail end of World War I. To make the concept convincing, I made it black and white and applied a JC Leyendecker-inspired stylisation. This was an appropriate direction to take because he was the leading illustrator at that time. This gives the viewers the perception of contextual harmony between the actual story and the style of the image.