For my upcycling design project, I chose to recreate a Xatu Pokémon only using recycled cans as my resource. The final product is shown in the featured image and below. The original aesthetic I was going for was low poly, however there were a few complications. One of them was that low poly uses only a few shades of color, and adds details by different angles and manipulating the lighting. As I was using recycled cans, it was difficult to try and isolate only a few colors, and was forced to use more. Another complication was the fact that it’s extremely difficult to force recycled cans into a flat plane. Low poly only uses flat surfaces, so the roundness of the cans made it impossible to stay aligned with the aesthetic. The only part that I was really able to keep in the low poly aesthetic was the head, and that was because it was the cardboard of a box, and not sheet metal itself. Below is what a low poly bird should look like:
Meanwhile, my Xatu looks like the following:
And this is what I’m trying to replicate:
While I believe that I did a decent job, there is definitely room for improvement. My original idea of using recycled cans didn’t work out too well for my aesthetic, I wasn’t able to flatten the metal, and I also wasn’t able to easily mount the cans to each other since hot glue created weak connections that easily broke. This caused any attempt I made to increasing the volume of the coat area to immediately break resulting in the skinny bird. One of the main successes was the “hair” on the back of Xatu’s head as seen in the image below.