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This Model Doesn’t Exist: The New Age Of Modeling

I know it’s hard to believe, but this beautiful model has no feelings or emotions. Why? Because she’s not even real. No studio was rented, no lights setup, the entire shoot never happened. No photos were taken.

Still don’t believe me? Here’s a wireframe of the model so you can see how it was created.

This isn’t another episode of Unsolved Mysteries mind you, but a changing environment thanks to technology. Quarantine has allowed people to be creative when it comes to being a creative. This model was made entirely in 3D software by Shavonne Wong. For those of you who aren’t aware of the process, imagine Photoshop on steroids.

Shavonne is an accomplished photographer and an inspiring human being in Singapore. Not only is she multi-talented, but she has evolved her craft even further by learning 3D. From someone who recently learned the basics of the program Blender, let me tell you it’s no joke, it’s truly immersive and takes great skill to learn and apply!

Due to lockdown measures, it inspired her to create digital models for the purpose of being able to stay creative. It’s not hard to imagine that there’s a need for models in times when you may not be able to shoot in person. This fills that gap, and also allows people to create anyone they can imagine.

Not only that, Shavonne has decided to create a 3D modeling agency called Gen V.

As technology continues to improve, will brands begin to use digital models more to show off their product design? As it is, many photographs today of products feature 3D designed elements added into photographs. This will merely bridge the gap and bring full control over lighting, angles, posing, without ever setting up a whole team and going into a studio. However, this waits to be seen and time will only tell.

About the author: Pratik Naik is a photo retoucher specializing in commercial and editorial work. To see his work, head over to his website or give him a follow on Instagram and Facebook. This article was also published here.

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