Starting this project I looked at some photographs I took a while back and thought they would be good for reference. Some consist of abandoned rooftops and others I took in New York which I thought would give me some ideas of a high rise apartment near the roof.
I also used pinterest in order to gather my research in one area.
I then brainstormed some objects that could be found within a rooftop environment on a app called evernote.
- boards for repairs
- Tools such as hammer screws screwdriver
- medical kit
- alarm clock (could be old, new or futuristic)
- small desk light
- overhanging light
- camp fire
- makeshift tripod
- sand bags
- old computer parts
- tech such as speakers, monitors, servers, cables
- sleeping bag
- cups, mugs
- hot water bottle
- whiskey flask
- coffee jars
After this I noted some ideas down and made some sketches of rooftops. One consisted of a rooftop with a telescope overlooking some constellations, another a tower within the mountains with a hiker taking refuge.
I then modeled some of my ideas in 3ds max and sketchup in order to find the idea I like the most.
Rooftop in a city with the telescope overlooking the constellations
This one was based on a grounded aircraft carrier overlooking a city. The tower on the top is were somebody took refuge in order for safety and keep a look out of the surrounding area.
I also used sketch up to get an understanding of an abandoned roofspace.
I also experimented with a space station design that consist of the leaders room that has controls to various elements of the station.
In this one I experimented with creating a curved hotel room on the last floor of the building.
I had an idea of a person in a apartment on one of the top floors of a abandoned high rise building.
I then took this idea further and created another high rise building, but this time made it in a world were humanity is falling and buildings are destroyed, crumbling and decaying.
Here is my finalised version of my roofspace apartment which I digitally painted over in Photoshop. I also overlaid a picture I took in New York for the background in order to create a sense of scale and place. I also thought that there was to much empty space on the right as you can see by the 3ds max screenshots which is why I added a crate with ammo and a weapon resting on it.
I created a synopsis of what it would be used for within a game world –