For this task I was supposed to design a book cover for Chandler’s “the Big Sleep”.
After reading the book I have decided that one of the most pivotal scenes in the whole book is when Phillip Marlowe enters Geiger’s house, where he finds hims dead. I have decided illustrate that scene (when he’s about to enter the house) on my book cover.
Obviously photographing this in the real world would be rather impossible, so I have decided to model the whole thing in the Autodesk 3DS Max. Starting with the main protagonist and his car. The car was a bit tricky as it doesn’t says anywhere what exact model it is. After watching the film and doing some search, I have discovered that “Philip Marlowe’s car was probably a late 1930s Chrysler or Dodge“. After digging my own 3D collection of cars and protagonists I have created through years, I have decided to use similar “Porsche” which looks roughly the same from the side (and that’s how I planned to render it, the front wouldn’t be visible) Below you may see the work in progress screenshot from the 3DS max window of a car and Phillip and a snap of the car from the film
Then I started putting together a scene. Geiger’s house is described as it’s situated on a hill and has got a hedge. The light was off except for only one window. I made that light particularly strong and yellow. It is not the only light source in the whole scene, but for the audience it would look like it is. The yellow is a colour of fear and danger. Also in the book it rained that night, so with over 5000 particles I have created raindrops, roughly, as I knew I will then Photoshop the rain.