Post by alamoglenn on Oct 17, 2018 12:15:22 GMT -5
Does anyone know where I can get good, clean, detailed scale drawings of the Alamo facade for my future model in 1/4" (O) scale? Laser cutting depends on fastidiously drawn plans. I have a terrible hand for drawing the facade's minute, floral sculptures, keystone, columns, etc. on my own. The HABS drawings are horrible. While from a distance they look fine, on closer examination one can see clearly that the HABS facade drawing is a hack job that lacks clarity, precision, and drafting or artistic talent. (Glenn, tell us how you really feel.) Can anyone help or point me in the right direction?
Last Edit: Oct 17, 2018 14:09:57 GMT -5 by alamoglenn
For my model, I used the HABS drawing as a template. I imported the drawing into InkScape, a free vector-based illustration tool, and drew the elements on a layer above. With this program, you can move, fill, edit, rotate, copy/paste elements to reduce the work. The elements are drawn using curves so a steady hand is not required.
My requirement was to create gray-scale bump maps--black and white areas indicating raised or depressed areas in the surface. I only used 3 levels: black, gray and white. Later in the pipeline, noise was added to create defects and weathering.
Post by alamoglenn on Oct 21, 2018 18:28:48 GMT -5
This tip is the most useful I've received or have been able to figure out myself. Coincidentally enough, I downloaded InkScape last week, but browsing through it discouraged me a bit. Your advice, however, helps me significantly by referring to bump maps and levels and what you do to weather. I hope your answer helps others as well. I'm working on a model with as much facade detail as Michael Cornenblith used for the 2004 movie facade. Cheers, Glenn.