Wednesday, January 17, 2007

More of the Same

I've started working on two more facades. I figure the best way to approach this set is to roughly make all the buildings first then add details, such as windows, doors and small signage, in a second pass. I can't resist making some signs now though, just so I get a general feel for the look of the set and how to arrange everything. Here's the A&S Super Market and a corner drug store. The later is pictured with my friend the Dough Monster in his largest size to give an idea of his scale.

Sunday, January 14, 2007


I scratched bricks onto the side of the HappyBread Bakery, much like the bricks found on the basement set but tinier and more abundant. It adds a great texture to the painted ad. I'm also almost done with another facade. This one is for the Colonial Theater, a nice little old-time movie house. It's real and you can find it in Belfast, Maine. Check it out. I saw several movies there when I was a camp counselor for the summer.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Slow but Fun

I'm finally getting into building the big set which I started in July. If you go waaaay back you can see one of the earliest posts I made about it. The film and story have both changed a lot since I started this set, but it has always been part of my project. It's a T-shaped intersection in a nameless city with a lot of shops and old industrial buildings. The tallest building is the HappyBread Bakery, and I'm almost done with its facade. It's made of foam core with bass and balsa wood details. I still need to paint it and add signage. I know I've mentioned this before but I will say it again - I love old signs, especially painted ads. Every blank wall in this city will feature a painted ad for HappyBread, including a full 4-story ad on the side of the bakery intself. I love this kid of work, but it's really slow going.