Friday, November 1, 2013

Area Development

Here are a couple of developmental sketches (elevations) I did, imagining what some of the inbetween areas (as opposed to marquee attraction facades) would feel like at this Anaheim 3rd Gate park. 

Top is a facade treatment for the Desert Kingdom area, and below is the tavern district in the DragonDale land.  Approximate views shown on plan:




9 comments:

protojimbo said...

Cool! Interesting view point on the tavern piece. I liked your take on a 3rd Anaheim park already! I was just thinking about this design actually, and I was wondering about your creative process, in your mind before anything has been put down on paper, so to speak. Do you imagine a vista of the park as you enter it? do you visualize it top-down, like the site plan or do you try to 'see' a walk-through in your mind? Or of course, something other...

Pastor_of_Muppets said...

Agree with protojimbo on wondering about your process for visualizing these parks. It's really an amazing talent, and I'm honestly surprised Disney or Universal haven't come calling yet.

Also, any chance on seeing the Middle-Earth theme park soon? I've been chomping at the bit to take a look at that, being the huge Tolkien fan that I am. I completely agree that The Fellowship of the Ring is one of the greatest films of all-time, but it was reading The Hobbit in elementary school that shortly thereafter led to me reading (though hardly understanding, due to the fact that I was probably 9 or 10 years old) The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Since then I've read pretty much all there is to read, and saw just about all there is to see from the material, so you can understand my obsession with seeing that park.

Concerning the post: I always love it when you add these more detailed elements to your park maps, as they really help bring the park to life in a way. Great work, as usual.

SWW said...

Thanks for the comments.

I mentally visualize from the ground (humaneye) and from above (birdseye) as I piece the parks together. Groundview in order to account for sense of place, vistas and sightlines, and Birdseye is to consider scale, transitions and the park as a whole.

I stated in the beginning of this blog that the End Goal was to be able to produce full-park birdseyes. I've discovered that a prerequisite to being able to do that well is to acquire strong grasp of real architectural styles throughout the ages (because theme parks cover everything). Once you understand historic architecture you can invent fantasy architecture (for any period, past, present, future) in a much more appealing way. So I study that a lot.

Regarding Middle Earth, I've got something in the works...


Pastor_of_Muppets said...

@ SWW

Awesome! Also, if you haven't heard of it, I recommend you sign up for a StumbleUpon account. I find some of the most amazing stuff with that site. Essentially, you pick from a number of preset interests, and it takes you to a random web page you wouldn't find through any search engine. I have architecture as one of my interests, and some of the stuff that pops us is truly incredible. All kinds of stuff, too, depending on how you set up your interests. Might provide some new inspiration or even just expand upon ideas you already have had.

megatron_85 said...
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megatron_85 said...

have you tried getting an deviantart account that way you be able to post high-rez images of your park plans

Matthew Ackerman said...

I think it would be really cool if you made a rendering of this project that might be coming to Florida. The proposal is on this page http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/16/proposals-for-a-theme-par_n_3935915.html

TRF said...

That bottom one is sketchup isn't it? Plus some photoshop of course.

Nice work, very detailed model. Want to do that eventually with some of my stuff, but not sure when I'll have the time.

SWW said...

Pastor,

Thanks for the heads up. Will check out that site ASAP.

Matthew, thanks for the note on those two proposals. If the Fox park wins, you'll likely see the official site plan before long. The Outdoor Dinosaur Museum sounds interesting... how about if all those static dinos were next-gen animatronics...

TRF, bottom one is a sketchup model, yes. Looking forward to your take on AK!