A Model School for Witchcraft and Wizardry

Sketches and Photoshop mock ups help a great deal in planning the Halloween House.  Sometimes, though, I find it hard to envision how the scene will work as those designs translate into 3D structures and how the overall environment will feel in relation to the size of the visitors.  So prior to building structures or finalizing the dimensions of pieces, I like to create a model of the whole scene (with 1 inch on the model representing 1 foot in real life).

I have a model of my house (with the support structure overlaid) which I made out of paper and foam core.  This acts as my stage for experimenting with pieces of the front yard experience.

2016 Model 02Then, using Photoshop and PowerPoint, I create reference imagery that I can use to help me build the models.

2016 Model 01I use stiff paper (cardstock) and tape to create models.

2016 Model 032016 Model 04I even have tiny models of adult-sized people and child sized people so that I can see how their size compares to the different objects.

2016 Model 05I can try various combinations and sizes, cutting things that are too big, adding paper to things that are too small, until everything feels just right.

2016 Model 062016 Model 07I can look around this scene from the height of the eyes of those who might visit to make sure it is going to work.

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2016 Animated GIF of Hogwarts Model Creation

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