Is your house overrun with diorama projects? Well, maybe you can reduce some of that clutter by disguising everyday itms with your dioramas? Check out these awesome Lord of the Rings inspired projects by Super Fan Builds: The Hobbit Hole Litter Box and the Tower of Sauron scratching post.
Takanori Aiba is a Japanese artist with an imagination rivaled by none. His drawings and paintings come to life in three-dimensional creations, and are filled with wonder and imagination. While these might not exactly be dioramas, they are excellent examples of creativity and craftsmanship.
One of the best things you can take away from these creations is the number of stories that can be told in every nook and cranny of the building. Model railroad builders have embedded humorous vignettes in their layouts for years, and these “Easter eggs” are always a crowd pleaser. Every time you look at one of these models, you see something new and if it brings a smile to your face, that’s even better. When you build a diorama, don’t be afraid to sneak in a bit of humor.
View more of Takanori Aiba’s work on his website.
Today’s action figure diorama builders owe a great debt to model railroad builders, who have spent decades developing modeling techniques that we use in our dioramas today. The scale of model railroads may be smaller than most dioramas today, but the building techniques remain the same. This video of the City Edge HO Layout created by Vic Smith in St. Louis, Missouri is an incredible example of a model railroad layout based in an urban setting, and is an excellent example of how important it is to pay attention to the smallest detail.
If you happen to find yourself in Lyon, France, you will definitely want to make a stop at the Musée Miniature et Cinéma, a museum dedicated to movie special effects with an emphasis on hyper realistic miniature models. It’s hard to comprehend that these models are indeed miniatures and not life-size locations.
There’s a full gallery of images on the museum’s website, but I would love to see these up close and in person.
Welcome to the town of Elgin, a utopian place forever stuck in the 50’s. The town’s creator, Michael Paul Smith, has based his creation on stories and moments from his childhood. This is an absolute lifelong labor of love, and the photos and videos of this town are so lifelike, you will swear that this town really exists somewhere in middle America.
There is a book about Elgin Park that you can buy here: http://www.animalmediagroup.com/
I am always amazed with the amount of detail some people are able to achieve in their dioramas. Not only is this diorama filled with realism, it also has an impressive array of lights and moveable parts. The refrigerator, oven, and dishwasher open and their interiors are just as detailed as everything else. Absolutely amazing!
Urban street scenes are a favorite subject for action figure diorama builders, and this is an excellent example of a typical back alley you might find in any major city. Sometimes it’s difficult for diorama builders to spend hours on making a building look good and then deface it, but it really does work to make the whole scene better. The use of graffiti on the walls adds a huge dose of realism.