Iceberg illustration for Scientific American

Illustration of an iceberg turned upside down.

This assignment was an interesting challenge. The brief was clear: icebergs goes crazy, turns upside down and loses the usual proportions. To show that I created an iceberg which most of it was outside the water and turned it into underwater. So to create the illustration you have snow, ice, underwater caustics and bubbles to create the odd underwater look. Also the title is behind and deformed by the ice refraction. With the inverted title “Arctic Meltdown” all makes an interesting image.

Art director: Michael Mrak

Tools used: Zbrush, modo, Photoshop

Illustration of an iceberg by Maciej Frolow
Process:

Sculpting the iceberg in zbrush.

Iceberg sculpt in zbrush

Separete renderings and fusion masks: ice, snow, snow slope, occlusion and deformed title.

Rendering of an iceberg

Iceberg 3D rendering

Mask for slow distribution

Mask for ambient occlusion

Iceberg shape deforming Scientific American title

Final image and close-ups

Iceberg turned upside down - illustration by Maciej Frolow

Close-up of iceberg illustration

Rendering close-up

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