Some additional info, based on some artist questions: The resolution does not need to be higher than 1920x1080... I am even OK with a smaller 16:9 resolution. The graphical style should be a realistic concept art, which is similar to those used in movies and games. But the perspective, and the technical details might be different than those, and it meant to provide a military tactical overview. So please chose the perspective wisely.
It is important for this artwork to contain the technical details, as it will be used for a technical demonstration. You have to read the document (it is attached to the contest as a word document: design_guidelines_PT.docx), and try to follow the concept for the dispersed cloud, as that’s the main technical concept it has to demonstrate. For that cloud to be visible, you must choose a perspective, which is wide enough and has a distant vantage point to overview of the environment. Close-up perspectives on the convoy might not be good, as you cannot see the cloud and the drones as well. If the drones are too close to the convoy, that might be not realistic as well. The goal of the whole system is to interdict the drones, which should not get closer to the target than circa 50m. (and as for the note, the drones do not have some laser weapons... this has to be realistic, and the most likely payload is some kind of explosive device as in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CO6M2HsoIA
Examples images on the perspective, that I have imagined (the convoy should be not in the center of the picture. A wide lens perspective (16:9 ratio) with both convoy and the cloud, drones etc. is more suitable for an action overview. I hope that in a high-res final version can add enough details for the convoy vehicles, even if those seem to be small on the picture. ):
One of the designers have asked, if the drones are obscured or partially visible. My answer is:
Some of them can be seen, and some not. It's a big swarm of drones, hundreds of them. Part of the drone swarm can be obscured by the fog, and some drones are in the distance, some are just close to the viewpoint and appear close (to see some details on the sedimentation effect).
Some additional notes on the cloud: It should look a bit like protective smoke screens from a distance. Here are some example materials:
Just a note though, that if there is a heavy wind it might dissipate the cloud as on the example image or the video. But for the sake of the demonstration let's try to imagine a calm wind and more stable cloud formation. The first image is a good example for the exploding canisters. If there is no wind this would form a think wall shaped cloud, which would be also suitable for my requirements.
I will try to summarize the key problems and important remarks for further entries and submission refinement:
- If you want to enter the contest, you must read or at least skim through the attached guidelines document (design_guidelines_PT.docx)
- This is a military-technical concept art, which should be realistic in design. It is not a movie or a game action concept, so you must devise a new perspective which is not focusing on just one part of the action, but the whole tactical situation.
- As it has some complex military action depicted, you should choose a perspective and viewpoint which is able to provide a "military tactical" overview. Some more examples on this:
A centered close-up, on the convoy vehicles might not be able to do that. I know it is tricky to depict both an overview and details on the vehicles and the drones, but you maybe can play with a wide-angle perspective (but you do not need to be too much detailed… a convoy from a 100m is still ok, you just need to show that there are some active grenade dischargers and the fuming fan from the distance). To show details on the drones is easier, because it is no problem if one from the hundreds of drones is just flying close to the viewpoint, to see some more details on that.
- The drones are armed with explosive devices and try to drop it or stick it on the vehicles (loitering munition)
- They cannot get close enough to do that. They are not closer to the convoy, than say 50m. But they are trying to reach the convoy from multiple direction.
- The protective fog is surrounding the convoy, and that is how it is interdicting the drones.
- In an urban environment, please try to put the vehicles inside the urban area, do not just put it in the background. Pertaining to the perspective issue, that is also one more reason to choose a more distant, wide angle, and heightened perspective, to see the convoy between the buildings.