Creative inspiration can come from anywhere.

Admittedly I was unwell and taking a quick recovery nap at the time, so maybe my mind was playing tricks on me, but on a visit to my parents house I saw a face in the light… and it gave me the creative inspiration to make something new.

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I’m not getting all spiritual, I actually just saw the shapes and contours of what looked like a great design for a foxes face in a lamp shade in the spare bedroom.

I get this a lot. Just this morning I also saw the face of a dog in our pebble bathroom floor.

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It’s a called pareidolia. Basically your brain seeing a shape it recognises in amongst a lot of other noise.

Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern of something where none exists.


Back to the fox.

When I’d summoned the energy to remove myself from bed, I wanted capture the idea before it passed me by. While I’ve got small sketchbooks all over the place, more and more these days I look to my phone to collect ideas. I use Animation Creator on my iPhone as it has all the tools I need to draw. And if I want to make that into a short animation, I can. So I drew the foxes face and added a stretching pose, based on a cat ornament that’s been in the family home home for many years.

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Not content with just a sketch I wanted to see this fox as a 3D model. To stay true to the original inspiration, I started by modelling the shape of the lampshade in Cinema4D. Essentially a star built up of pentagonal pyramids. It got a bit mathematical, but I quickly had the shape I need to work with.

creative inspiration star shape

The next stage was to strip out the ‘noise’, leaving only the parts my brain had recognised as a foxes face when I first saw the shape. After applying some simple colouring I was pleased to see it did indeed still look like a fox. I moved onto building the rest of the model, and voilà. The thing my mind had wanted to see when I first saw that face in the light.

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About Lewis Darby

I've been with Napoleon Creative since 2009, starting as an animator, and moving my way up to Head of Production. I'm responsible for making sure we've fully understood your brief, that your deadlines are met, that the best team is working on your project, and that the final product delivers results.

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