In a series of images created for Neonmob, J.R. Schmidt shows us a snapshot of epic, imagined landscapes. We’re given a cross section of lava-filled caves, barren deserts and foreboding icebergs. We see these places through a kaleidoscope eye, a kaleidoscope of soft hues and warming gradients.
The geometric 3D structure of the images nicely takes a different angle on places you might expect to be the scenes of a fantastical journeys. We like that the subtle blends in the colours are used to create stunning lighting effects.
This is especially beautiful in the dusk sky above the icebergs. In other skies, the graded effect is made up of slowly changing single polygons of colour.
When asked about his work, J.R. said, “I work as a 3D artist and motion designer in New York. In my free time, I experiment with illustration and make posters. My work involves a combination of 2D and 3D. I prefer to blur the distinction between these two mediums as much as possible. For software, I usually use Cinema 4D and Adobe Creative Suite. I’m inspired by Legos, nostalgia, video games, big cities and bad weather.”
© J.R. Schmidt, 2012