Led by our talented Art Director, John Liew Yu Liang, the Environment team had a huge undertaking of creating an entire world from scratch.
This post outlines the step-by-step exploration of our concepts, including early inspirations and deleted pre-production done for the film.
Firstly, we identified the sub-themes of our film – Adventure, Journey, Alien Planet.
These led us to multiple inspirations like Astroneer, No Man’s Sky and Subnautica. We really liked the saturated palette of exploration games, their strange flora and unique inhabitants.
We then started searching for natural, real-life references that uses such a palette. There were a lot of hits, with most of them from travel logs.
We eventually found out that aquatic life is actually very colorful and strange, which made us decide that our planet will be an underwater-world-on-land kind of place.
To get things started off, the team began building the world from the smallest rock to the largest continent. The workflow is to generate an encyclopedia of strange plants/vegetation, compile them into a thumbnail image and then layout into their specific habitat/biome. Finally, the key scenes will serve as concept art.
After grinding out the encyclopedia, we started adding in the characters to the concept art. The aim was to have them journey through these places together, exploring and at the same time taking in the scenery. The term, “large and breathtaking” was often used. A world map of our planet – Ipok, was created.
We also explored the space craft that Ana would use to land in Ipok.
At this point, the environments were shuffled around to suit the story’s narrative. Some of the finished thumbnails were unfortunately cut due to the new direction in the story. Nevertheless, we hope you enjoy the rest of the concept art!
Huge props to our Environment team for building the world of Ipok!
Art Director – John Liew Yu Liang – ArtStation
Asst. Art Director – Toh Lay Siong – ArtStation
Asst. Art Director – Clement Tan – ArtStation
2D Artist – Winona Leong – Website
Spacecraft Design – Muhd Faiz – ArtStation
2D Artist – Chan Jin Wei
2D Artist – Karen Mei – ArtStation