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I modeled a 3D version of my lounge with the idea of putting some of my artworks up on the walls on a nice big canvas to get an idea of what they might look like. This was done in Sketchup & Kerkythea render engine.

This gave me an idea, I could model an Art Gallery specifically for this site and do a screen grab of some of the random pictures that come up on the front page, and then put them up on the Gallery walls. I could either periodically change the pictures or maybe generate a new view and then start populating this with new pictures until that is full, and so on.

Your thoughts on this would be appreciated - I have posted a poll with this as well.
 

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That sounds pretty neat to me!

(Just pontificating) I'd think possibly something like that created in/adapted for the java console would be suitable just for its universality because...does Flash support 3D environments? Of course there a number of open source apps that could work although they have stiff learning curves (to me, anyway) or they're not well supported i.e. not play well with certain programming or internet protocols.

Technical issues aside (I'm just spitballing..possibly it would simple as cereal), I find the idea very appealing. As it is, the main page has 4-5 random images...this could open the door to dozens, and yes, the gallery idea beautifully fits with a site for artists! :)
 

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Thanks for your comments Corydulos! It would be great to have a 'walk round'
type of setup but I think that's too complicated. If I could load up the Sketchup model to the site, people would have to download a Sketchup 'viewer' to walk round it and I think that's too much mucking around. Also you would be missing out on the quality of the view that the render engine offers.

I was thinking more along the lines of a static view of the pictures on the wall of a 3D modeled Gallery building. The image is rendered in high quality by the render engine and I think the finished image gives you a very good idea how an artwork would look hanging on a wall. I've quickly knocked up a room with light streaming through the windows and have placed a couple of my artworks and two of yours on the wall. Now I hope you agree, your artworks look fantastic when mounted and hung up. It gives a better impression of the piece than just looking at it face on in the normal gallery on this site which is surrounded with all the other stuff on the computer screen, which doesn't really set the artwork off to it's best advantage. I really do like your French lady when seen like this.

These renders take about five minutes. So I could just load up gallery views of Artists who would like to see their artwork displayed like this. Of course I can set the views up from any angle and change the time of day to get the best view of the Art.
 

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Thanks Chanda, Corydulos, and Darksouth for your positive feedback!

Here is a couple of shots from Sketchup (not render quality) of the new Gallery building I've started to design.

It's two levels, the upper one being a mezzanine gallery around the outside. The roof is divided into sections of glass and cladding for light and shade interest as the sun moves round.
 

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New Gallery building

I've nearly finished knocking up the new building. Need to add partition supporting walls for the Mezzanine walkways and they will also serve to split up the large hall somewhat.

The stairway handrails are much too high and need fixing. The roof is alternate strips of glass and solid so gives quite different effects depending on what time of day I set up. The Mezzanine also needs the glass safety wall adding all round .... not that anybody is gonna fall off.

So a bit more fiddling around and then I can start adding some artworks. If you've any ideas let me know.
 

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Thanks Chanda, yes it would be nice to see the building for real.

Although this thread has had quite a lot of hits I'm a bit disappointed in the Poll - only four votes - anyway I'll press on and get some Artworks ready to put on display and see how it looks.
 

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Grand opening

A lovely Saturday morning here as the Big rig arrives loaded with Artworks.

First out the back of the trailer are some of Darksouth's excellent pieces, which have been mounted on a movable display. The Artworks are entitled: 'Mr Voodoo Man', 'Frank on Steel' and 'Banshee'.

More to follow .....
 

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Discussion Starter · #9 · (Edited)
Jeff's Artwork

Now Some of Jeff's Masterpieces have been put on display:

Two views of:

Amy Winehouse, Mr Lincoln and Jimi Hendrix.


We are wondering where Corydulos' artwork is, He may have forgot to load his prints on the truck as he was too busy writing Haiku poems. Then again they are probably at the far end of the trailer.

I've just spied one of Vien's colorful works on the Mezzanine floor.
 

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Goodnight

I've been working on this since 5am UK time till 8pm, I hope you appreciate the work that's gone into this, It's been a lot of fun and I will add some more
Artist's work in the next few days... Time to relax now....
ES.
 

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These are rendered screenshots of the 3D model. Each picture takes about 15 minutes to generate in the render engine. Although I am looking at ways to fly through the model via a website.

I have found a site called 3DVIA which I loaded up the building onto, and you can look around, however at the moment the actual art image files are not included - I need to look into this quite a bit more ....sheesh!!

Perhaps I should stick to my scribbled portraits!
 

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Wow.... Thanks Chanda (sticking it on top)....

.... The official Photographer took a quick shot out the back of the building, using black and white film, and would you believe it, a spot of rustlin' was going on!
 

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holy crap how did i miss this?
ES amazing work man.
Ive worked in construction design for many years - these are seriously great renderings. WHAT A COOL IDEA!!!!!
 
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