Andrew Johnson
ALLUVIUM

al·lu·vi·um (-lv-m) n. s.
al·lu·vi·a (-v-) n. pl.
Sediment deposited by flowing water, as in a riverbed, flood plain, or delta. Also called alluvion.

JANUARY 2012
illustration, terrain simulation

Alluvium is named after the substance it was inspired by, and depicts. I created this piece using a computer, as usual, and some pretty nifty code. I digitally sculpted the basic shape of the terrain first, then simulated the forces of fluvial, wind, and thermal erosion. My computer nearly exploded, but it was well worth it. Controlling the forces of nature over a period of thousands of years in just one day on a single computer was extremely fun, and I think it shows. The render came out quite nicely, too. —Andrew