3ds Max Blog Post 2: The beginning of Shapes

My 3Ds Max experience began with the completion of a very basic straw in January which can be seen below. The time constraints of the masters programme have limited available time to practice, however, the major project began. The limited number of photographs available of the Whitworth monument and its incredible complexity led to a great number of challenges. However, the process of its completion resulted in a very enjoyable experience.
In the beginning, I decided to split the monument into layers, which included the base, middle support and top layer. The second step was to create a general look of the object using simple geometric shapes. This allowed me to critically think about the steps which needed to be taken. The base of the monument was the first call for action when I opened up 3Ds Max. My original research into the Whitworth monument was not as bountiful as first perceived. Using the only, slightly low-quality images, I began creating the base. I attempted to create a ratio using the best quality photograph and the monument generalised size across the town. 1/14th of 2 metres for every centimetre.
A simple box with small pillars surrounding it, I believed it would be the easiest step. I made a box shape which stretched out to a rectangle. The pillars surrounding the base began with a chamfer. The top of the cylinders were finished with a chamfer shape changed into an editable mesh, twisted using the twist modifier. A box was used again to create the next section of the monument. However, this part needed slightly more work to finish.
Originally, the next section of the monument was created using an upside down pyramid. However, I believed this might ruin the integrity of the object at a later date. As a result, I created a box shape to fit exactly at the top of the box, following on from that, I used a modifier to change the parameters slightly. I continued to work my way up the monument, attempting to define the monument shape. Fortunately, the main shapes of the monument proved reasonably simple to define. Further boxes, ranging in height and width were added to the monument before pyramids became a main shape. An addition of four thing pyramids surrounds the top square can be seen in the photograph below. A final pyramid at the top would complete the basic shape of the monument. However, there were a lot more hours put in to complete the project.
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