White Dragon

This is my attempt at re-creating a moment from Blade Runner. I actually started this a year ago, but other things (like the Dynamic Machines contest, https://www.youtube.com/shorts/wAARtawy6Tk) distracted me. My “Worship” piece (https://www.artstation.com/artwork/0ng5yE) actually grew out of an earlier version…

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This is my attempt at re-creating a moment from Blade Runner. I actually started this a year ago, but other things (like the Dynamic Machines contest, https://www.youtube.com/shorts/wAARtawy6Tk) distracted me. My “Worship” piece (https://www.artstation.com/artwork/0ng5yE) actually grew out of an earlier version of this piece (you’ll recognize the same umbrellas). Each of those projects taught me skills that I brought back to this piece, so it’s all for the best!

If you’re curious, the beginning of this clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcwOApqmJMQ …is the moment I’m trying to re-create (but in a dreamy “time standing still” kind of way).

While I was doing the initial research, I discovered that the White Dragon neon sign from Blade Runner has a good-sized following! There are write-ups on its history and info on how to make your own physical version in neon. This post was especially helpful for me, with lots of reference photos and analysis:

https://www.therpf.com/forums/threads/blade-runner-1982-white-dragon-neon-sign-3d-model.332022/

With the help of those reference photos, I modeled the Dragon myself. I also modeled the architecture and the oil-paper umbrellas and built the big neon sign in the background. I didn’t model any of the people; those all came from https://www.mixamo.com/.

Additional resources I used:

Fabric Umbrella:
https://www.cgtrader.com/free-3d-models/furniture/outdoor/umbrella-aaefe62f-d22f-4c8a-8849-337f5853a12a

Street garbage:
https://sketchfab.com/3d-models/street-garbage-ac3cbefaaaaa4719bd2410bffc2556bb

Blue sign in the upper left; signs used for reflections in the upper right:
https://sketchfab.com/3d-models/taiwan-style-signboard-lowpoly-7eeac0582f7746ffafcdf1091f882a5d

Videos for the TV screens in the upper left:
https://pixabay.com/videos/electronics-circuit-component-5364/
https://www.pexels.com/video/close-up-view-of-a-woman-smiling-and-laughing-5044229/
https://mixkit.co/free-stock-video/static-of-a-television-4307/
https://pixabay.com/videos/number-glitch-optical-digital-44361/

The audio is partially lifted from the movie and otherwise all comes from https://getsoundly.com/.

I hope you like it! 🙂

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