Rub' al Khali (The Empty Quarter)
ZBrush, After Effects
The Empty Quarter, which takes up a fifth of the Arabian Peninsula, is the world's largest sand sea. It takes in substantial portions of Saudi Arabia, as well as parts of Oman, Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates to create an arid wilderness larger than France. It holds roughly half as much sand as the Sahara, which is 15 times the Empty Quarter's size but composed mostly of gravelled plains and rocky outcrops.
The piece was sculpted in 3D with different brush sets, and then imported in After Effects to extract the wireframe and particulate.