Making your imagination feel a little happier
This is the second (or is it third?) run at designing the layout of the ceiling for the Great Hall extra bit.
I’ve cut the lengths very roughly and they will need shaping. As I am uncertain of the number of shades of the wood involved that will look OK-ish, I’ve taken pictures of the story so far. But, of course the pictures are flat, square on and not upside-down and receding from the eye in the manner of a ceiling. My solution for this, is as always, to resort to playing with the computer using image manipulation software.
The argument for doing this
A different point of view on something you’ve been working on is always helpful. Asking someone else’s opinion is not always so. I find that if I can give my eye and imagination a peek from a fresh perspective (sometimes literally) that it re-energises my mind and speeds up the whole making process by providing possible outcomes to work towards.
Although I’ve had a go with two or three different software packages, I always return to Paint Shop Pro for more direct ease of use. In this case I’ll first crop an image, then distort it to help provide an impression of a ceiling in place and then, to add insult to injury, play with the colouration. I’ll do this to give me much the same effect as being able to tip my head sideways and squint at the subject under consideration in different lights. And I find it very useful, particularly if the flat result makes me ‘haver’ around the possibility of scrapping the whole shebang and starting from scratch.
Benefits of using image manipulation when planning bits of a model
I’ve found the results, this time, have been most helpful. The distortion is adequate to give something of a ceiling impression without me having to put my neck out in an inverted yoga stand, and the different colouration/artistic treatments have boosted my waning confidence to a point that I’m beginning to think that it might be a ‘runner’, with a little colour tweaking here and there. I fear that it will also need a steady hand and no fit of sneezing to blow away all the little bits and bobs. Steady breathing at all times, preferably behind locked doors.
This last one is my favourite as it really boosts my waning confidence in the layout. It truly gives me an insight into a possibility of a ‘look’, if I can darken off all the wood a little and achieve a closer harmony in tones of colour overall.
Tomorrow – must get the job(s) done.
- Lens Based Media – Colour Theory & Composition (chesneyinspiration.wordpress.com)