I’m always searching the internet for pictures of back alleys and abandoned warehouses for inspiration with my diorama projects. One site I constantly revisit is Abandoned Berlin. This site showcases creepy abandoned buildings in Berlin and beyond. There are mental institutions, fallout shelters, military complexes, factories, and more. If you want to see how beautiful decaying architecture can be, visit Abandoned Berlin–I’m sure you’ll be able to find some inspration among its ruins.
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.