Help with making something dark and gritty
Posted 10 May 2010 - 02:11 AM
I'm trying to make an alleyway that's dark and gritty, with brick buildings on each side. However, plain red bricks on each side don't look how I want it too. I tried using light gray pieces in between the red bricks to replicate the adhesive between bricks in real life, but it seems weird still.
Does anyone have any ideas on how to solve this situation?
Posted 10 May 2010 - 02:27 AM
Firstly, you could scrap the red altogether. The bright, primary red that is the normal LEGO red will always look pretty cheery. If you have your heart set on red, switch it to dark red for a darker feel.
Add subtle details like fire escapes, trash bins, dumpsters, or snot in the walls to make it seem more alley-like. 1x1 round plates make good debris and stones.
If you're photographing it, place your lights creatively and don't go for a bright look. It has to be well-lit, but well-lit does not mean bright, well-lit just means lit creatively so that the viewers can see what you want them to see.
I hope these suggestions might be helpful.
Posted 10 May 2010 - 02:30 AM
Reddish brown could possibly work, but again I'm sure you've thought of that.
For the "grittiness" aspect, one thing I've seen done effectively is using a variety of colors, so that some of the parts look discolored or faded. For bricks, I'd start with either reddish brown, dark red, or dark orange, and then choose some other colors that look similar. Reddish brown and dark red together might work, in fact, if your collection supports that. Another advantage of this style is you only need a fraction of the wall pieces you need in any one color.
A hint: some of the best work I've seen with this style has used out-of-date colors along with their modern counterparts. The only real option for a brick wall in that regard would be reddish brown and old brown (officially known as Earth Orange, though it's just listed as Brown on most AFOL sites). But you might also come up with something strategic by alternating the gray colors you use for mortar.
That's all I can think of, honestly. But I'm not much of a visual thinker, so it's probably best to get some more input before deciding on a course of action.
Posted 10 May 2010 - 08:09 PM
As for add-ons, bins, newspapers, litter, bollards, tramps, graffiti, drains, drainpipes, barbed wire, CCTV, chains, grills, broken windows/paving stones, random stains...
This picture from the Brick Testament also springs to mind -
Posted 19 May 2010 - 02:26 AM
The bottom of will show through and appear like aged mortar. the flat plates in either orange, that dark red or brown will look good and break up the color. These days it's easier to get bricks to look uniform and walls built with motley bricks tend to look old.
Edited by Randal, 19 May 2010 - 02:27 AM.
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