I've spent the last few months building my 3D mansion, and every time I thought it was finished, I would find new information which would force me to make revisions and improvements to the model. The only references I used to design the mansion model, were photos of the facade I had gathered from my own collection, and from the web. My visit to the mansion in November gave me the opportunity to photograph everything else I needed to complete the facade.
Ever since I started this model, I had planned on building a complete, fully actualized mansion, with the familiar front facade, but also with a newly designed rear architecture of my own creation. Now that I've completed the ride buildings, and facade (which can be seen HERE), I can proceed with creating a "real" mansion.
I was going to keep the process to myself, and not reveal the design until the model, and renderings were completed. But I decided to post this process, and let you know what I'm doing.
February 9 , 2005
February 12 , 2005
February 14 , 2005
Here is an interesting photo I discovered, showing a mansion with a very familiar architectural style. Obviously this is a Hundson Valley Gothic, similar to the WDW mansion design. There are a couple of elements here that I may incorporate into my model a little later.
I copied the finials and corner stones from the front of the mansion, and pasted them on to the new dormer, over the Leota Room. I also created an image map for the yard and driveway, which really snaps up the scene. The final touch was an experiment I had with the Lightwave plugin "Sasquatch Lite", or "SasLite", which is a 3D hair (or in this case, grass) generator. I never used SasLite before, but I'll definitely be using it in the future.
Now the driveway, and rear of the mansion, need some landscaping. Perhaps a paved walkway around the base of the mansion, some retaining walls around the driveway's "mudhole"(which I'll probably pave with cobblestones), and a few brick columns with stone ball finials, to greet people coming up the hill? Hmmm...a gate?
February 15 , 2005
The portico was enlarged, and I added an arched doorway which leads to a short staircase, from where one has access to the new terrace, which wraps around the Leota Room. I replaced the dirt road with cobblestones, which I created quickly in Photoshop using the "Mosaic" filter. The urns and stone railings were copied from the front terrace and refitted for the rear terrace. I had to raise the Leota Room in order to raise the terrace above ground level, so now the room is approximately at the same level as the mansion's first floor windows.
February 16 , 2005
Below is a shot from under the portico. The finials on the left are the crest above the ride's exit arch.
Here is a view looking up the driveway to the rear of mansion, as it exists so far.
And an aerial view.
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