Next Dimension: Weihnachtspyramide

Weinachtspyramide1_0076With it being Christmas and everyone going a bit doolally, I’ve taken a step away from the old certainties and haven’t done a Time-Tested today. I’m not sure when I’ll do the next, though sure I am that it won’t be too long; they could well prove a welcome distraction in that awkward between-Christmas-and-New-Year drudge!

I have, however, been building. The other day, dear Charlie O’Shields of doodlewash made a marvellous doodlewash of a Weihnachtspyramide, the whimsical and fascinating festive decoration, and ever since this I’ve been itching to give it a go, so you have Charlie to thank or thump for this post. I’d completely forgotten about them, in truth, but we did have one as a child. I think this is the one we had – if not, it was very similar. I thought they were wonderful, and pestered my mother like crazy for one after our grandparents started flaunting their own.

I didn’t try and copy that – much as I’d have liked to, I’m not overly confident in modelling people, no matter how basic they are. Completing the model was, actually, painless. But very long-winded. Cylinder cylinder cylinder CONE! cylinder. I booled some stars into the parapet wall to give a pleasing cutaway.

I probably should have planned out what to include on the dioramas gracing each level, rather than fudging it as I went along. It is basically the blandest Weihnachtspyramide ever.

On the lowermost stage, we have a train making an endless circular journey around some trees; in the middle we have a living room replete with gifts, tree and a roaring fire; on top we have Father Christmas and his reindeer, presumably about to enter the living room… even though the fire’s on. I didn’t actually make the models for the top floor – I sourced them from here. I did however make and light those candles, which I was dead chuffed with!

As one would expect, the model is animated, so indeed can turn with or without the help of candlelight.

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Despite my criticisms, what a tremendously refreshing and fun voyage this was – so much so, that the time just whirled away, as it often did when I found myself transfixed by these wondrous contraptions. And again, a hearteningly steady process.

It’s even made me feel a tiny bit festive!

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20 comments
  1. Yay!!!! This is awesome, Jacob!!! Thump me if you will, but this was a great post! ❤️😃 I think this turned out incredibly wonderful and I’m digging those candles. You should feel proud of those. And you’re festive now finally? Good…because my inner child has gone into Christmas mode and almost devoured my adult brain. So you simply MUST be festive so we can continue to play together. 😊Hehe

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks Charlie for reminding me of these wonders. I can’t believe they skipped my mind! It came out better than I could have expected; the only bummer was, natch, the render times! I couldn’t face rendering a video this time!

      Ha ha! Well, in that case I’m especially festive. It’s time for Christmas shenanigans! But no thumping – I promise!

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      • I’m not entirely sure what thumping entails so that’s good then! lol And even without a video, this was wonderful! 😉

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  2. How nice and I remember Charlie’s doodlewash post … glad your mustard seed of festivity is budding! ; ) wink wink

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    • Jacob said:

      Ha ha – thanks Cynthia!

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  3. Omg! This is fantastic Jacob. You’ve hit number 10 on the festive ornament scale. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful art.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thank you so much, Sharon! The lighting really lifted this more than I could have hoped – so pleased!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Michael! A Merry Christmas to you and yours, too.

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  4. Bill Fufkin said:

    Your candlelight is beautiful, Jacob. Marvellous work all over, though…superbly festive. B

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Bill – I’m pleased you think it festive. The lighting was a very happy accident. I’m chuffed with how it came out!

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  5. Lee Hesketh said:

    Wow! I’ve never seen these things before but now I really want one for my room! Amazing 3d skillz man, think you’ve found a new speciality!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Lee! You should definitely get one. They are magic.

      It’s not much of a new thing, really… I’ve been working with 3D design for about three years now. It’s just now I’ve finally started to press buttons with some degree of intelligence rather than just pressing and guessing. (Though much can be said for both methodologies!)

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  6. jmnowak said:

    These are delightful, Jacob…the candelit one for mood, the bottom pic for feeling uplifted! Nice feelings. Nice art.
    PS: I’ve never seen these contraptions, despite my Germanic origins. Good Christmas cheer to you, and see ya soon! 🙂

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    • Jacob said:

      Ah, that’s great to hear, Janina! It’s nice to think that my model has the same feel as its physical counterparts. I’m surprised you’ve never come across one – I imagined them to be all over the shop and hence unavoidable at this time of year! (They should be!) Indeed I believe the one we got came from a German Christmas market.

      Likewise, my sincere Christmas cheer and season’s greetings to you!

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      • jmnowak said:

        Nope, never ever…this is the first time I’ve seen them! Delightful things. Cheers!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks very much! And, of course, best wishes for the season.

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  7. ged said:

    Dear Jacob, very nice art. Fantastic! And, as ever, many thanks, for your likes on my posts “Rocks and roll your eyes”, “We dream without knowing that we are dreaming” shown on my blog dispenza.wordpress.com. Thank you for your attention and consideration. With best regards and I wish you all the best over the holiday season. Edoardo

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    • Jacob said:

      You’re so sweet, Edoardo! It’s a pleasure to follow and support your craft. Happy Holidays to you too!

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