3D Ghetto Block

Ghetto Area

Ghetto Area

A 3D Ghetto is a section of a city occupied by a virtual minority group who live there especially because of social, economic, or legal pressure. The term 3D ghetto was originally used in to describe the area where poor people were forced to live. A ghetto is now described as an overcrowded 3d urban area often associated with a specific ethnic or racial population.

Boston Brownstones

Boston Brownstone

Boston Brownstone

Went down Newbury Street in Boston and tool photos from across the street of each house. I went completely around the block and got lots of the back alley too. Tough in the back alley because its hard to get back far. Its always best to get the photos straight on and get back a ways.

You can always improvise while you build leaving out unnecessary details. I did include the foliage of the day in the model

Brown Stone back Alley

Brown Stone back Alley

I didn’t put any of the fire escapes in the model I just let the shadows create the allusion.

Brown Stone block

Brown Stone block

Brown Stone block birds eye view 3d model with skirt. When inserting the block into the rest of the world it can help to put a skirt around. That way if the model doesn’t line up perfect the skirt can help hide the gap. Gaps are critical and the only way to truly get rid of them is to weld vertices. They cannot simple be snapped.

Virtual Hospital Creation

3D Hospital Development

3D Hospital Development

Blocking out the hospital.  I went to the local hospital and took photos of the hospital. I took note to the emergency entrances, main entrance and parking garage.

Hospital Top View Rear

Hospital Top View Rear

I put the Emergency exit down one level to add variation in the terrain. The loading doc area also slops down 4 feet.

Hospital Rear View

Completed model ready to incorporate into the virtual world. Cars would be nice in the parking garage.

3d front view

3d front view

rear view in 3DS Max

rear view in 3DS Max

Took out the lower level in the Emergency Entrance.  It will make it easier for the students to maneuver.

Container Yard

Need to develop container yard next to railroad. First we need a little reference material.  I want to have a large crane, and railroad cars with containers on them. I will also need to expand my rail road to have multiple tracks and one that goes under the crane.

Refrence Container Yard

Reference Container Yard

Beginning to develop my virtual containers. Need the top front and sides to all match and I don’t want to have lots of cubes individually mapped. A few good block and then vary the blocks will be the most efficient for the allusion.

Container Mapping

Container Mapping

OK I went with three variations. 6 x 3, 4 x 4, and 3 x 3. I also was able to use the slice tool and get a few other variation by cutting off the top stack etc. I still have plenty of room for the buildings and the crane. I will treat the parking layout on a separate map.

Container Replication

Container Replication

A nice detail will be the crane. I choose to use an alpha channel here for the hanging crane.  Here I am knocking out the image. I like to use a high contrast alpha mask.  Black and White only

crane

yard crane with alpha

Container Yard coming along and working on the crane. There are many types of cranes.  I found a great reference from a model railroad model. Its nice because models tend to simplify and photo well.

Virtual Container Yard Progress

Virtual Container Yard Progress

Here is the photo of a model crane

Crane Model Refrence

Crane Model Reference

Placement of the Container Yard.  Some trucks and and tractor vehicles around would be great. Still have a railroad car to make and put the marking on the pavement etc..

Container Yard Placement

Container Yard Placement

Corporate Buildings

Layout a block of Corporate buildings. I went down to the local corporate building area and took a bunch of images. It was a holiday so nobody was in the parking lot to mess up the images. That is always an issue to get the cleanest images. Not to mention the people who always want to know why you are photographing the area.

corporate start

corporate start

Im up to 3 Buildings for my corporate complex. I don’t think I need much more here. Next to move on to the parking and walkways.

Three virtual corporate buildings

Three virtual corporate buildings

Complex placement and parking lot rough layout.

Complex Placement

Complex Placement