I'm currently working on a real-time 3D environment, but recently I've been creatively frustrated by my lack of understanding in certain elements. My scene includes many electrical boxes/cables densely tangled about, and I've attempted to model/deconstruct these things, but I'm still stuck. I really don't want to just model some generic electrical nonsense, of which is completely absurd in design, just to fill some space.
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How do I tell a convincing story in an environment if I don't even know how these pieces actually work together? How can I research their form if reference is scarce?