Peter Hardie: Yellow Boat

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    Yellow Boat


Creation Year:



    Computer-generated print


    32 inches x 28 inches


Artist Statement:

    The work is one from a series based on a visual investigation of the sensation of light and reflection on water. The series consists of computer, generated prints and computer, animated sequences. The primary intent is in realising the sensations evoked by the play of light on water. The colours and shapes generated by the movement of waves and ripples, the changing surface of reflections, the light bouncing of the water surface. The sensation of light on water generated by, specific rivers and seas at differing times of the year. The work explores the area between realism, exploring the tools now available in a 30 computer animation system for these purposes, and abstraction , looking at the aspects of colour, form and movement. The view is presented straight on to produce a flat perspective in line with the picture surface. The work is influenced by a number of ar.tists, primarily Monet and Bridget Riley.

Technical Information:

    The primary tool used in making the Yellow Boat image was
    the Softimage:XSI V3.0, three-dimensional animation system.
    Additionally, Adobe Photoshop was used to paint the sky image
    for reflection.
    • The scene consists of a grid for the water surface, a modeled boat, a semi-sphere for the sky, and a grid for generation of the caustics.
    • The grid (water surface) has waves and a number of fractal
    displacements applied to it to simulate waves and ripples.
    • The grid (water surface) receives caustics.
    • The semi-sphere (sky) has a painted image texture mapped to it to simulate a sky with light cloud.
    • The modelled boat has two colours applied and receives caustics.
    • The grid (caustics generator) has waves and a number of fractal displacements applied to if , and it transmits caustics onto the boat and water surfaces.
    • The scene is lit by three lights: one for the whole scene, one for the boat and one for the caustics generation utilising one million photons.
    The image was output on an inkjet printer using archival pigment inks on etching paper. The work was produced on a Dell PC.