Choppy by TJ Silverlake
Choppy by TJ Silverlake

Choppy, 2013

TJ Silverlake

This digitally rendered ocean surface looks solid, even sculptural, like a series of mountain peaks and valleys seen in a low-elevation aerial view. This artwork is proof that while we often describe ocean water as blue, in truth it’s blue, green, black and white, with infinite gradations in between. The deep black shadows and bright white spots where the light glints off the waves creates a complex surface that shows us the water’s “chop”. The artist creates a 3D generated environment, selects viewpoints, then chooses a final perspective for a final work. The system then renders the image over several hours to achieve high definition detail.

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