Making a Model

After creating the design in Photoshop, I often build a quick prototype of the structures out of paper to help me visualize how things will fit together in 3D.  I have a house model that is 1 inch : 1 foot and create miniature paper scenery pieces to fit the space.

2017 Model 03

One of the fun challenges for this year is the forced-perspective New York City street which will have the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man towering over it.  To figure out the design, I began to build the forced perspective structures using paper and wooden skewers.

2017 Model 01

Then, I took a picture of the structure at the equivalent height of the eyes of a visitor to the house and brought that picture into Photoshop, where I interpolated the horizon and perspective origin point and extrapolated the angles of the tops and bottoms of the buildings.

2017 Model 02

From there, I cut the sides of the building in paper and I re-tested the forced perspective to make sure it would create the desired effect.

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