This is the final piece I completed in the Gothic Green Urban Core Collection. I began this piece in February of 2008. The model conveys the design in 3D. It was an important step to complete, so that people would get the full concept.
This model was the first I ever made. I had no clear idea of how to execute it until I prepped food. I determined the process of prepping could be modified and used to build the model. Once I decided on this, it only took about a half hour to complete the preliminary plans.
I knew that prefabricated materials for models of buildings and trees would not suit my purpose, because the model would exceed my space limitations. I decided on a model that was 24” X 36”. Therefore I used the scale=1:1200. In other words, one inch on my scale equals 1200 inches scaled up to reality.
I then took the original color coded floor plan and began sketching out my plan ideas on the back of that page. I used a total of 3 sheets of paper (6 pages total) to articulate my model plans.
While drawing up the plans only took about a half hour, the model took a lot of time to build. I drew and painted everything by hand. It also involved a lot of measuring to ensure it meet the scale requirements. Everything had to be precise and accurate, yet the design also needed elements which appeared to grow naturally.
I used a variety of mediums:
4) Pencils/Watercolor pencils
It also included many materials:
3) Elmers glue
Some interesting points can be noticed from the original floor plan and the completed model. Among them, I added towers at the rear of the model. The experience taught me how to make models more efficiently and faster, so in the future, building them will take less time and effort.