Early in my career, I started off as a graphic designer. So creating box art and displays was something I did on the daily. When it came time to make some diorama accessories, my prior experience translated well. For the most part, the artwork I would create was the same. It was the scale that would change.
Also in the past, I did a few semesters in Classical Animation. And when creating backgrounds for animation, the biggest takeaway was adding details. It is the same with dioramas. Fill it with all sorts of details. You want it to look and feel like the space is being lived in.
What kind of details?
Anything and everything. Imagine a bedroom, now imagine the person that lives in that bedroom. What kind of things do you imagine seeing in the bedroom? Everything you add is an extension of the person or character that lives in that space. So, if the character is a teenage boy, you would see a number of objects in the room that scream teenage boy. A skateboard, clothes on the floor, iPhone, sketchbooks, etc…I think you get the idea. The more you add to the room the better. You will begin to notice that every object in the room starts to tell a story. A good diorama does exactly this. It tells a story.
Adding details with Papercraft accessories
Our world is oversaturated with brand names. So it comes as no surprise that an easy way to add details to our dioramas is by adding all sorts of branded items. How you may ask? Most of us have access to a color printer. Now just do a quick search and you will find a ton of papercraft objects you can print out at home. It doesn’t take much time. And the effort is worth it.
30 min or it’s free!
Pizza Time! I have included a really simple pizza box for your TMNT display. A little folding and some glue and you have the perfect accessory after a good night of bustin’ the foot clan. Works well with other figures too. After saving the world from Thanos, a good Za is always a great reward.