|Photo panorama made by Wally Owen, former Asst Dir/Curator Ft Ward Museum.|
The last major challenge is that there are two streets that intersect at 90 degrees to the backdrop. These are some the most challenging backdrop-3D terrain interfaces to have to deal with.
The following are step-by-step photos showing the backdrop process.
|The backdrop is 1/8th inch masonite. Here it is |
being measure against the diorama base
|The backdrop received 3 coats f Gesso primer applied with a roller. |
I sanded it smooth in-between coats.
|The cut and primed backdrop screwed to the diorama.|
|Base coat of bright blue and ground cloud. I used my airbrush to|
paint the clouds.
|The blue latex paint caused the backdrop to warp slightly. So I added|
a 1x2 frame to the rear. Since I didn't want to drive screws through the
front of the backdrop, I used glue and lots of clamps,
|Duke Street flanked by the mill's coopering House and sheds|
I tried a couple different ideas to depict Duke Street and the buildings behind the mill. In the end, I decided to draw the scene in Adobe Illustrator. I use AI perspective grid feature to create the vanishing point and help draw the buildings receding into the distance. I spent more time than necessary detailing these distant buildings, when in the end they are very tiny on the backdrop.
The two main buildings in the front of the backdrop came out really nice. The large brick building is the coopering house where they made the barrels to ship out the flour. The three sheds on the right are for an unknown purpose, but we had a decent view of them in prototype photo. So I was able to represent them pretty well.
|Test photo looks good.|
I used watercolor pencils to add some texture and shadows to the structures and street. Then I installed it on the back drop.
That is 19 of of 43 inches total need. Just a little less than half way.