Artefact Three – A picture is worth a thousand words

A Thousand Words

This experiment departs from the previous two and goes into an area which is not as easy to examine. We all know the old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” and this applies to the world around us; we can gauge how old something is from its appearance, and what it’s for by its appearance and shape. But how do we know this? Are there certain universal indicators that give us this information? And if so, what are they?

There isn’t a simulation this time, but a set of images of an ancient temple constructed in 3DS Max. Except, it doesn’t look much like one. Yet. This is the basis for an actual location I am creating for a different project, so it’s being used as the test example.

When answering these questions I want to know not only why for your answers, but where and how – whereabouts would most likely appear, and how it would appear.

  • What age is this place? Does it look over a thousand years old?
  • What would make it look ancient?
  • Does it look like it was built or made out of one solid piece of rock? What would make it appear like it is constructed?
  • What features that are not in this model would you expect to find in a temple?
  • Consider the following:-
    • effects of weather and people?
    • state of disrepair?
    • plant life?
    • light source – where would you expect the light to come from (disregard the lighting of the model)

This is the only major feature of the model with the only difference between the two images being the shape of the columns. Which set of columns looks the most study? Why? Again, the questions above also apply.


One thought on “Artefact Three – A picture is worth a thousand words

  1. It looks like it’s from the ancient Roman era.
    The grey blockyness sort of look.
    It looks like it was carved. It doesn’t seem to have any edges or creases.
    Well as it looks like it’s from the Roman era, I’d say Arches and shaped columns plus wall carvings and places to sit.

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