Archive for May, 2006

I got this one from Brenda, who got it from Christy
Your Blogging Type Is Thoughtful and Considerate

You’re a well liked, though underrated, blogger.
You have a heart of gold, and are likely to blog for a cause.
You’re a peaceful blogger – no drama for you!
A good listener and friend, you tend to leave thoughtful comments for others.

Almost 1am and I have to be up at 6:45.  So this will be short.
See my pictures in the photo album!  I am so thrilled at the final renders of my building.  By 11am tomorrow (today?), I have one more due.  I’ll post that one, too, once it’s done.
… But I’m Feeling Like I Might Just Make It!


  • Lettering on the wall
  • Signs in the windows
  • Signs on the walls
  • Blinds in the windows (pink frames)
  • Curtains in the windows (green frames)


  • Magically suspended sign
  • Ditto for porch lamp
  • No lamps by main doors (under large sign)
  • No doorknobs on ornate doors
  • Ornate doors have an arch in the real building

OK, this weekend was a classic example of pure stress.  I worked all day and night, both days.  I went into the school when my computer at home wouldn’t cooperate.  I had nightmares about this project.  Now, I think I am finally coming back down.  It’s not perfect, but it’s close enough that I think I can cover the distance in the next two days.

 The awnings are looking good.  Just a bit of "scrunch" in the tips of the edges.  There’s actually hardware on the doors, so you could open them if they were real!  But you still can’t lock them.  The lock will appear in the next day or so, time permitting. 

 I put some texturing on the concrete to make it a bit more real.  Not totally happy, but I’ll keep playing.  I find that tweak/leave/tweak/leave works for me.  If I keep tweaking in one session, I go numb and can’t tell when it really looks right.

 Overall, again, looking good.  Just a few more details and lots of texturing.  Might be nice if something were holding that big sign up.

 Speaking of which, it’s looking REALLY good.  I need to hide the photographic neon (flat – in the image that makes the sign look painted), although it’s really obscured by mine anyway.  Between the last picture and this one, I made the thickness more appropriate and added the chains. 

I am not out of the woods yet.  Panic still ensues every time I think about this being due in a couple of days.  But I feel like the building is worth a "C" as-is.  That makes me feel like the "ground floor" isn’t a failing grade.


"Don’t Panic"
    – Douglas Adams

"Things Can Only Get Better!  Oh Oh Ooohhhh Oh Wah Ooohhhh" 
- Howard Jones

Towel Day Is Coming!!!

I’ll direct you to the photo album above for three pictures of my progress on the building.
Aside from that, I have an anecdote from Mother’s day concerning T6 (soon to be T7!)…
T6 came home from school with an envelope on Friday.  On Sunday, he presented its contents to M21+.  There was bubble bath in a little cutout of a bathtub, a poem about moms, a picture of Mom drawn by T6, and a teabag in a construction paper teacup.
When Mom opened cup to find the teabag, T6 grabbed it and smelled it.  "I love the way these smell!", he said. 
Mom replied, "They do smell good, don’t they?" 
"Yeah.  I liked it so much I took two extras and stuck them in my pockets!" revealed T6.
So we dug through the laundry bin, and sure enough Friday’s pants contained one teabag in each pocket!  Thank God we found those before doing the wash!  Otherwise, we’d be wearing a lot of tan until we could replace all those clothes!

It’s been a busy week, but there’s another one right around the corner.  I am categorizing this post as "Family" because of the bottom part.  It’s really a dual-purose post, though.


I didn’t get to work on this over the weekend, but here’s the building as I left it Friday afternoon.  Deannie asked what the hardest part of this is.  Well, there’s a neon sign on this building.  I haven’t even started on the lettering, but trying to get a convincing neon effect has been a bit vexing.  I discovered that, due to a software bug, you can’t render "glow" through a transparent surface (i.e. the glass tube or windows!).  I’ll be figuring that out later.  Another thing that’s been very difficult is determining the ins and outs of moulding.  There are so many places where it goes up or down and they look wrong if you don’t get them just right.  The flowers on the column are done through subpatching.  This is where you set the mode of the software to be "claylike" rather than "solid", so your bends and stuff look, for lack of a better term, gooey.  I undertand this will be an essential tool for creating anything organic in nature.


I won’t lie.  These pictures are not from Mother’s Day.  They’re from last weekend (S10 made his First Holy Communion, and we celebrated the next day).  But, this weekend, for Mother’s Day, we spent four days at the Fort Wilderness Campground.   We spent today at Epcot because they give every mom a carnation and a free family picture.  So, it’s become a tradition for us to go, and many times, for Grandma and Grandpa to come with us.  They have a camper, and we stay on the site in our tent.  It’s a lot of fun!  We’re all exhausted today, though.  Grandma and Grandpa have begun the two day trip home, so they’re somewhere around Atlanta,GA at the moment.

So, now that the house is back to normal, does that mean more frequent posts?  I wish, but there’s a lot going on, still.  M4 is graduating from pre-school this week.  That’s a fun time.  The school puts on a concert with the grads all lip-syncing to oldies.  It’s hilarious and the kids have a great time.  I’ll try to put a video up once we get it.  In the meantime, though, it’s render, render, render! 

Framing it up!

Here is my progress with the building thus far.  This is going to have to start moving more quickly to get done in time!

Real on the left, synthesized on the right.  The flowers on the top of the column are quite difficult.  They need work.  The blue details are generally the newest, as they still have their "clown colors".  In time, I’ll clown color the whole thing for texturing.   

Here’s the whole thing.  It’s obviously got a long way to go, but you can see the structure of the original peeking through.

I’m really hoping to see this take off in speed as I go along.  I think I’m OK for time, but there are so many little details to work out.  Speed comes with practice, so I expect to move more quickly day-by-day.

***You Are Teal Green***
You are a one of a kind, original person.  There’s no one even close to being like you.
Expressive and creative, you have a knack for making the impossible possible.
While you are a bit offbeat, you don’t scare people away with your quirks. 
Your warm personality nicely counteracts any strange habits you may have.

Goodbye Loading Dock

Well, we submitted our pictures for the loading dock.  I’m adding those here for you to see. 

These are the same scene lit for datytime and nighttime.  Note the dingy dirt in the corners of the windows.  Also, the return addresses on the envelopes.

Left is the painted ad.  We had to apply it to the bricks and then weather it appropriately.  To the right is a headlight effect, created using spotlights in the layout. 

I did an overall view at night and a closeup of the mailbox and garbage can.  I was very happy with the garbage can. 

And so goes the Loading Dock project.  We haven’t gotten our grades yet.  Since you’ve asked about those, I got the following three grades: Conduit Clip: B (80),  Coffee Cart Structure: A (96),  Coffee Cart textures: A (94).  Not bad for a total beginner!

Hello, Building Project!
So now, on to our next daunting project.  We went into the park and each stationed ourselves in front of a building.  No cheating and picking fake, painted-poster buildings!  And the teachers led us away from overly complex structures as well.  Here’s my building.

I picked Hackenburg Appliances, partly because I liked it, and partly because it had the word "Hack" in it.  You can see the building is rather straightforward with a few curvballs thrown in to make it a bit more confusing.   The neon signage throughout the facade adds a lot of complexity (that little mini-structure in the upper right corner doesn’t help either).

The wrought iron on this door (left) needs to be reproduced.  That should be fun.  On the right, you can see me photographing the main entrance on the corner.

I have pages of measurements and 206 pictures of this little building.  We have to completely recreate it from nothing (much like the coffee cart).  We were told our buildings were in "Lithuania", meaning we had yesterday and today to measure them and we can’t go back (during class hours at least).  It’s as if we were sent overseas to capture a building and then came home to render it.  Get ready for lots of posts on this one… it’s 3 weeks long (and that doesn’t seem long enough!).