Breaking Stereotype to create Fantasy: Armoire case study

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These pictures were created as part of my Designing Fantasy Workshop, developed before year 2000.

The process of designing fantasy can start with a real life object, and work on the images of the conventionalized idea.

Take, for example, the following example of an armoire:

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If you look at the properties of this object, it can be described as follows:

  • A tall wooden cabinet, standing on four legs;
  • One, two or three drawers at the bottom;
  • Larger double door cabinet area above drawers;
  • Doorknobs on drawers and doors;
  • Decorative wooden trims ornamenting entire piece.

To create a fantasy version, first the conventional design was sketched. Next, interesting ornamentation was applied (stripes, borders, decorative top, etc).

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The shape of the armoire was also heavily distorted.

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Here you can see also some color studies, always aiming to create a fantastical, out of the norm version.

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Although heavily distorted and whimsical, the object still retains the basic properties of an armoire.

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Machine Embroidery and Applique Purses

When I was pregnant with my lovely son, something very strange happened: I couldn't touch metal, it gave me a shiver. Well, as you can imagine this is a problem for a jewelry-maker! I decided to continue my creative pursuits with one of my second best media, textiles and embroidery. During that time I made several purses. Most of them had machine applique and were embroidered on top, beads, ribbons. I only have two left from that time, I gave all others away as gifts. ©Copyright 2001 Eni Oken

Carnelian Earrings

These are super fun chandeliers that I created back in 2000. I still have this particular pair. Goldfilled wire with carnelian beads. The earring drip measures 1 1/2 inches long and feels super nice to wear. Not available for sale, sorry.

Freeform Sculptural Necklace

gem28a The central piece of this necklace is a stiff freeform structure constructed over 18 gauge sterling silver wire. Aurora Borealis rhinestones and rose montees, along with sterling silver charlotte cut seed beads were all threaded to the structure using thin 28 gauge sterling silver wire. The rest of the necklace is a simple sterling silver chain with a lobster clasp. This is a sparkler, great for end of the year events and weddings. The width is approximately 4 inches (10 cm) and height is about 2 inches (4.25cm).

Private collection.

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Deco Rose Pin

Pin in sterling silver wire, with silver central bead, crystals, pearls and vintage cut seed beads. Individual "leaves" were created with sterling silver wire and attached to a main silver structure, which is also covered with coiled fine sterling silver wire. Vintage beads were then individually strung onto structure to form overlapping pattern. Rose pearls were strung in specific open spots. No glue or solder was used.Sorry, this item is not available for sale.

Resident Alien

This is an award-winning image: Best of Show and First prize Non-Student Category at the MacWorld EXPO Digital Art Gallery, way back in 1999. It was a huge honor and we were taken to N.Y. for the award winning ceremony. Cool! The inspiration? At the time, friends and family used to call me their "Resident Alien", since I was new to the U.S. I decided to render the expression literally, depicting the alien comfortably sitting inside his spaceship, watching the soaps. I'm particularly fond of his chair, isn't it a blast? One of the images shows a slide from my course "2D Tools for 3D Artists", given at Gnomon School, stressing the importance of handpainted textures to give 3D models more personality.

"Resident Alien" - Personal portfolio - 3D Digital Image - 1999

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I worked on a real-time, low polygon, project for a virtual chat room called "FunWorld" for Worlds, Inc., back in 1998. I liked the idea so much that I decided to make this high-rez detailed version of it just for fun, for my own private portfolio. Here you can see both the low polygon version (Funhouse) and also some screen captures of the other areas of the chat room I designed. Wow, really low tech, right!

"Funhouse" - 3D Digital Model and Image - 1999

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