Duel In The Desert - Artwork
The 2014 edition of the Bahrain Grand Prix featured one of the most thrilling races ever by a Mercedes team duo. For 57 exhilarating laps at the Bahrain International Circuit, the 900 th Grand Prix in Formula One history was a dazzling sprint to the finish, as Lewis Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg battled wheel-to-wheel for the lead.
At the checkered flag, Hamilton narrowly held off Rosberg, cutting his teammate's overall lead in the Drivers’ Championship to 11 points. By the end of the season, Hamilton would take the lead for good, outpacing Rosberg by 67 points to secure his second championship, and his first with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team.
But on April 6, 2014, even the vanquished could appreciate the Duel in the Desert. "I strongly dislike finishing second to Lewis but on the other hand, it was the most exciting race I have ever had in my whole career," Rosberg said. "Today was a day for the sport.”
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Research and Concept
Every image created is based on a real-life historic event. To ensure accuracy, extensive research is carried out to piece together every last detail. In-house concept artists, then, work up several visual ideas – using different views, settings, and perspectives – before a final design is settled upon.
3D Modelling and 3D scanning
Once the concept is established, a 3D model is created using computer-generated imagery. Studying every piece of reference material available, Automobilists’ artists, then, digitally rebuild the vehicle from scratch, slowly constructing layer upon layer with painstaking detail – even down to the last coat of paint.
With pre-production complete, it’s time to go on-location and start shooting photographs. This stage can last for several days and involves crews of up to 70 people, depending on the concept. The highest grade of professional equipment is used to ensure the highest quality and resolution images, and extensively detailed sets are also built when required.
The last step in the production process involves consolidating the digital assets to form the final artwork. In this phase, the 3D elements are rendered with the photoshoot imagery, and to this composite, additional elements – such as light, smoke, shadows, dirt, flames, and weather – are added, to bring the piece to life. Only with these details included it is time to print and frame.