What is LOW POLY ART?
If you’re not familiar with this term, you’ve certainly seen the style. Simple geometric shapes placed side-by-side to create angular, often minimalist, compositions. The “poly” from low poly comes from the word “polygon,” which is merely a 2-dimensional shape made of straight lines and angles.
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The use of low poly art comes from the early days of 3D animation. Mocking up 3D scenes using a low polygonal resolution helped to reduce render times, which greatly sped up the development process of video games and animated movies.
Technology has come a long way, but even today low poly is used to decrease render time. In fact, the low poly “look” has become something of a design trend. Video games, 3D artists, and even illustrators are using simple polygons in their compositions to communicate texture and depth without sacrificing a minimalist aesthetic.
Here are some great examples of low poly art that span a number of different design styles:
By Paul Douard (Paris, France). Jack Nicholson smoking a cigar, comprised of 2520 polygons.
By CAZAPAPELES (Monterrey, Mexico). The red cape project is a cardboard installation that seeks to bring back memories of childhood using cardboard polygons.
By Jona Dinges (Mainz, Germany). A series of low poly characters, with fantasy and action/adventure themes.
Now it’s time to do your own LOW POLY art-work!
I’m sure that you want to try this!… So here’s the tutorial for creating your own art pieces…
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