I was commissioned to produce a infographic about the forts in Oman to be published in a double page newspapers Times of Oman and Al Shabiba (the same graphic in English and Arabic) as for the Oman's National Day celebration. I decided to focus on Nizwa Fort because is one of the most majestic among the more than 500 forts that still exist in the Sultanate of Oman. Around two months from the inception to the paper.
Early render tests
3D human models didn't fit well so I ask the illustrator Lucille Umali to produce around forty soldiers based on 3D dummies to mantain the same isometric point of view of the fort, avoiding the perspective view so the soldiers can be moved to different possitions although the most of them remained in the original plan.
Al Hazm Castle
At very early stage of the project I consider to focus on Al Hazm Castle, the typical Omani fortified building that usually has two diagonally opposite towers, but was under restoration so internal details cannot be covered. After that I turn to Nizwa fort.
I decided to go on Nizwa fort because it's unique zig-zag trap-stairs system.
Measuring with the body