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  12 December 2011
Awesome job Latter, cannot wait to see the final image.

Also seeing the amazing help from Zokana and others really make me appreciate cgtalk/cgsociety, for what it is. A place where artists can share knowledge and help aspire young artists to become better at their creative medium.

I'll keep a close eye on this thread and especially for the last image. Heck, might even use this thread for inspiration on a future piece.

Keep on the good work Latter

  12 December 2011
Yup, that should put a fire under you to get it worked on.. The world is watching you!

Toby Grauberger
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  12 December 2011
awsome work ^^ apart from the buildings, one of the main things that make NYC unique from other cities around the world is that in NYC the city grids are extremely straight and rigid (always perpencidular)... There are very little streets that curve, let alone having a building block the horizon perpendicularly. Only in NYC can one see the sun rise from one end of the horizon and see it set on the other side that's just my observances.. good job still
  06 June 2012
Sorry for the lack of updates in the past 6 months. I've been very busy, so there haven't been any time for my own personal projects.

I've changed most of the buildings. I still need to fix a few details, add more neon signs and ad another car. My main character also needs a lot of work before it is done.

  06 June 2012
The city's looking great! Good to see an update!

Toby Grauberger
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  06 June 2012
I fully share TobyArtís opinion. No crits! Everything is looking great so far! Love the Checker cab and that station wagon in the back, guess itís a 55 Lincoln. Seeing you having such a large garage: interesting could be also to have a little Porsch in the BG, regarding your portagonist.(just as possibility)

Keep it up!
  06 June 2012
This is looking awesome! How did you create the building in the back for example? Was it fully modelled like the ones in the foreground or did you do something else?
  06 June 2012
TobyArt, thanks

ECoates, Thanks. Do you mean the tall building in the background. It was modelled like the buildings in the foreground, but not quite as detailed.

Zokana, Thanks I like the idea of adding a porsche. I was thinking of a Porsche 950, but since it is supposed to be a rainy day what do you do with a car with an open top like the 950?
I am also planning on adding an Austin delivery van just in front of the shops on the other side of the road. I don't have any of those cars so they need to be modelled as well.

I've made a small update. The most significant change is the building on the corner in the background. I've changed the ground floor and added more signs.

  06 June 2012
Looks very good, Latter. I was thinking about a Porsche 550 Spyder, the James Dean car - but certainly not that practical if itís going to rain.

Some thoughts:
- donít you have too many street lamps? Just wondering actually, without having checked refs.
- flat tyres of the station wagon intended?
- iíve never seen illuminated park meters - looks luxurious.

An Austin delivery is always a good choice! But donít forget that you are in America of the 1950s - they did prefer large cars and bulky deliveries, like this charming Ford utility: But if youíre good in quick car modeling: an other idea would be to have a heavy and dirty truck, or even a fire truck. It could add a lot to the depressive mood of a rainy day. Here a nice one:
  06 June 2012
Great update, I'm glad to see you haven't abandoned this one.
  06 June 2012
Zokana, You are right. There are too many street lamps. I need to find some reference photos and reduce the number a bit

No the flat tires weren't intended. I changed the road after I placed the car I thought park meters were illuminated... but I've never seen one in real life. I'll turn it off.

I think you are right about the delivery van. The Austin might not have been that popular in the US. I like the design of the Ford Utility. The design fits very nicely with the other cars, but I have trouble finding proper reference pictures.
How about this Chervolet delivery truck:

Nice firetruck and brillliant reference pictures. I'll consider adding this to the scene. It shouldn't be too difficult modeling. But the delivery truck is my first priority at the moment.

Leigh, thanks. I am glad you been following this project
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Last edited by Latter : 06 June 2012 at 06:15 AM.
  06 June 2012
Yes, yes... US cars are always a little problem... One day theyíll wake up, finding their whole past customised by some chrome loving idiots. But thereís still some hope:

nice, but only 2 pictures

two catalogue pictures

could be helpful

this will need time

and a tip: search also for ďf100 panelĒ, instead for ďf100 deliveryĒ

btw: Didnít check the Chevrolet, but itís also a very nice model! Thereís a wrack shown on this page, showing a Ford F100 with the very same body (this type of bodies were very common in New York):

So much for my F100 research...

Wishing you fun with finding references!
  06 June 2012
Very nice reference Zokana! I haven't got much knowlegde about american cars so it was very difficult finding proper reference pictures. It is very nice of you that you spent time finding all those pictures

This is what I've made after after about 1,5 hours of work. There is still a lot of work to be done.

  06 June 2012
Looks good so far. It doesnít need to get a super exact model for a street view, but nonetheless some crits:

The top part looks too narrow in my eyes >> the reason is first of all the side-curve of the body >> imagine the cross-section of the side panel > itís getting further out at window level in reality (youíll probably need an other loop there to accent that curving in right under the window line, which continues on the bonnet of the real thing).

An other issue is the front part: the fender area doesnít curve down toward the front >> it stays very straight, giving the car its special look. Check also the proportional overhang of the front in side view. The long area in front of the wheel is part of the typical look.

ref used for these 2 cents:

Itís coming nicely!

EDIT: Here some blueprints, in black

not bad this one, even if having here a low-rider:
this one looks more reliable:

Last edited by zokana : 06 June 2012 at 11:23 PM.
  06 June 2012
Thanks Zokana. You are absolutely correct. It is abit to narrow and round at the moment. I'll get those things corrected in my next update.

I am also still working on the street... Adding more detail, texturing and testing the light.
Here is crop of the lower right corner of the picture. There are still lots of small things that need to be corrected.
I forgot to turn off the light in the park o meter.

Anyways just a quick test with no aa

Slightly larger image:

Last edited by Latter : 06 June 2012 at 10:36 AM.
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