Thanks to my purchase of a tacky ‘Tour Eiffel’ model while on my last visit to the city, I was inspired to construct a miniature landscape.
Materials – A3 watercolour paper, felt tip pens, liquid ink, watercolour brushes, paper-glue, 4 coasters, one tacky Eiffel Tower ornament, a little local knowledge and my imagination.
Firstly I printed the sky. The sky is a print of a photo of some clouds I took in April while on a family outing, the print was made onto watercolour paper at a medium quality. The quality was not of the utmost importance as I was expecting this to be a little out of focus due to working at close range.I then drew the lines to mark the road and pavements, as I was covering a large area I painted this with some calligraphy inks I had lying around. Once this scale was set, I measured up and drew the buildings that were to line one side of the street. I wanted the image to appear like it was a living/3D child’s drawing, I therefore deliberately coloured-in, in scribbles and didn’t pay too much attention to colouring outside the lines. I then drew the stereotype Frenchman, black cat and bicycle before colouring and roughly cutting out the figurines and sticking them together with a little paper-glue. The parts were stuck together with some strategic folds, blu-tac and Sellotape.
I then set about laying the scenes and other items out on the floor so I could compose the image without including unwanted details, the Eiffel tower was raised behind the street scene on the 4 coasters and the sky blu-tac’d to a box. All in all the scene was around 3m deep. Once I had experimented a little with focal lengths and angles, I photographed this scene handheld, with my trusty 105mm f/2.8 Macro: f/16 1/80sec ISO 400. Off camera speedlite used Camera Right, set to 1/32 power (angled to appx 30 degrees).
A bit of post processing later (CS5 and Snapseed), adding a little texture to make the scene look a little older I was happy with the result.
Et voila! Enjoy.