Tuesday, February 28, 2012


I am greatly motivated to improve my skills and portfolio. I had been working on a project but had gone stale on what to do with it. It's a decent piece and I was really starting to like the lighting and textures, but I was making it from scratch, the references were too diverse and nothing ended up looking like it went too well together. The project stagnated and I need to move on. So I decided that I would base my next project after an actual room. A functional room that everyone who I know loves: My living room.

First step was to take about 40 reference photos. I did this Monday night. I still need to take more. I know I'll need to take more of certain objects.

So now that I had a small reference library it was time to find out the layout of the largest items in the room, and the walls, doors, and windows.

The drawing is really cool and helpful, but I was never the best at drawing things perfectly to proportion, so I punched all of these numbers into Illustrator and came out with this little vector floor plan:

Tomorrow I intend to sketch out the the couches, tables, windows, fireplace, and entertainment system and get a decent amount of measurements so that I can accurately model them. I also will get height information on the ceilings. It's going to be a lot of fun with vaulted ceilings and a 10' tape measure.

— Ty

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