The one thing about living with five housemates is that when one gets sick, its only a matter of time until we all are. So, what do you do when you’re stuck in bed and can’t get to the 3Ds Max lab? Drink copious amounts of tea, down strepsils like they’re going out of style, and start drafting and calculating dimensions for interior furniture features of course.
Working off a detailed chrono-lithograph of the Winter Garden interior, I began my drafting with a clock tower. Not only did this seem to be a major feature in the lithograph, but, due to its intricacy, necessitated a lot more work than some of the surrounding display cases. Trying to be as physically accurate as possible despite not having dimensions to work off of, I began drafting out the tower using both the lithograph and similar examples of Victorian Benson clocks as reference material. Where dimensions were missing, a bit of trial and error (and use of illustrated visitors as height references), gave me rough dimensions of 3.5 x 3.5 x 5 meters. Then of course all I had to do was divide that amongst the clock tower’s many features.
For the most part, drafting this on paper in advance of beginning my model in 3Ds Max was the right decision. It’s still much easier in my opinion for instance to calculate all these dimensions and work out the construction of the tower on paper, than doing so in 3Ds Max, where, once detail is added, it is far harder to change original parameters such as dimension. It also gave me the opportunity to familiarize myself with the actual features I’d need to model later, their materials, and create a plan for their construction.