It shouldn’t and can’t be all pretty windmills, magic crystals and crazy fairground attractions. Hence the momentary (possibly very momentarily) change of tack with regards my 3D, and looking at vehicles. I considered a car, but the prospect scared me more than a crane, which is what we ended up with.
The view from my childhood bedroom was cranes, cranes, cranes – to the east you could, through a narrow gap between two buildings, see dock cranes loading and unloading cargo from boats on the Yare, and just to the west was an industrial park, often boasting several massive ones. In seeing these beasts rise, do their business and then creep back down, I somewhere decided that I wanted to be a crane driver – so much so, that I even wrote to the dry dock at the end of our road to ask if I could have a ride in one and possibly have a job. I was probably four at the time.
I didn’t even get a reply from the scoundrels. Astonishing, I know. That was really where my dream ended; I’d say it could still happen, but really I’d probably trust four-year old me at the controls of a crane more than twenty-four-year old me – maybe it’s for the best to write that one off…
…apart from in Cinema 4D, of course, where I can drive one to my heart’s content (well, sort of!). I am quite drained, as this has taken the best part of two days to complete – far, far longer than any of the fairground rides. I’m not even sure why it took so long; nothing was particularly difficult, it was just awkward and time-consuming. Don’t get me wrong, though: it was still a lot of fun to see the structure come together, and I suppose it was never intended to be a race.
It’s a little basic in areas, particularly the crane’s cabin and base as I was going on memory of some of the cranes that I used to see around the area, with help from some quite small references of similar models. And I still struggle with creating realistic windows. The slightly more simplistic feel can leave it looking relatively toylike at times – this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but wasn’t really what I was going for. Perhaps I should have ditched the nostalgic touch and opted for a clearer reference – never mind! I never have been one for making things easy for myself. With the time it’s taken, I’ll certainly explore other vehicles, but I can see us returning to the theme park before too long.
I should finally say that I didn’t model the wheels. They were sourced from here.
Oh, it turns out I’m not quite done yet. WordPress has just told me on publishing that this is my hundredth post. Goodness! A massive thank you to all of the people who have stopped by over the past seven and a bit months, even more to those who continue to do so, you mad fools. I appreciate it enormously and am so thrilled to be a part of the little art club thing we’ve got going on. You (yes you!) are the greatest!