With less than a month until DragonQuest opens, a team of Dundee animators are putting the finishing touches on the mythical creatures which will soon inhabit Monikie woods.
The theatrical night time attraction was created specifically for Monikie Woods and combines light shows, illusions and magical creatures with an original storyline and cutting edge technology.
Using augmented reality and live theatre, the forest will be taken over by a team of computer-generated goblins and fairies, which guests can interact with using a downloadable mobile app.
Edinburgh-based Vision Mechanics and animation graduates from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design have created "breath-taking" sets and illusions to wow family audiences and leave lasting impressions on visitors.
“DragonQuest is a story of romance, magic and mystery that the audience will discover as they walk in the woods," said Symon Macintyre, of Vision Mechanics
"We were keen to tap into local talent to develop the technology but even without a smartphone or tablet, audiences will be able to enjoy a whole host of impressive, interactive physical installations and lots of traditional, theatrical creations to see and explore on the night.”
Organisers were keen to keep the finished products secret for now but they were happy to share a selection of concept art from the artists working on bringing the attraction to life.
The work above was created by DJCAD graduate Constantin Daniel Popa who, like fellow DragonQuest artist Saara Väkiparta, was recruited to work on the project after impressing at the 2015 DJCAD Degree Show.
"The idea of a sculptural forest show with technology sounded interesting and I was really excited about the prospect," said Saara, who worked on 3D modelling and texturing for the app.
"The process required to make the characters for the app is very much a collaborative one. I specialise in 3D modelling and texturing so I make the form of the 3D models in a digital sculpting programme - not too different from working with physical clay - then make the model animation-friendly with editing, add in the colours and surfaces.
"This model is [then] sent to the rigger who puts the skeleton in the model for animation. The concepts for the models were made by former classmate Constantin Daniel Popa and I was very happy for another chance to make his crazy ideas come to life and work in 3D.”
Organisers hope DragonQuest proves succesful enough to rival Perthshire's award-winning Enchanted Forest. It has the support of Creative Scotland, EventScotland and Angus Council.
Opening on Wednesday, October 7, DragonQuest will run until Sunday, November 1, but will be closed on Mondays.
Find out more details on what to expect in our preview article below.