In Legoland, there is an area where Lego engineers have painstakingly recreated entire cities with the popular building blocks. A miniature Empire State Building stands tall and proud in one corner, while famous hotels along the Las Vegas Strip sit in almost perfect representation to the real thing in another corner. I’ve always been fascinated with miniature scale models of real life things/places, and so the latest collaboration from Antti Karppinen caught my eye.
If you’ve read any of our previous posts featuring Antti’s work, you’ll note that Antti loves composites, and he loves to collaborate on projects. For this personal project, Antti got together with his friend, Marko Paakkanen, who makes scale models and miniatures to bring one of his newest pieces to life.
Marko brought in a 10cm tall statue of a soldier – an Anglo-Saxon Huscarle – that he had just created, and Antti got to work. Already envisioning the final product, he took some shots of the miniature and then of Marko’s face, so he could later superimpose the face of his friend onto the soldier.
For the images, he used a simple chroma blue backdrop and one flash with a softbox. The lighting was a bit tricky as Antti wanted to get a directional light that was still flat since his vision for the image was for the figure to be in a wintery scene with somewhat overcast light.
In post, Antti took the RAW image, cut out the statue, cleaned it up, and placed it into the backdrop he chose. He then merged the elements into one seamless image, color graded it, added mist and snow, and finally masked Marko’s head in, with some realistic looking shadows to his face.
Antti tells us,
I’m really happy with the results. We created together something
original, a combination of two art forms blended into one and with a great story to tell!
See the progression below.
This is another one of Antti’s composites from a miniature: