A thousand years ago, I went to college. I wanted to be an architect. Part of our finals was to design a home. I did plans, elevations, sections, details….the whole works. I passed. But, when I asked to get a letter to go further in my studies, I was told I’d be better off as a plumber. I’m obviously NOT a plumber (very far from it). And decided to take my career in a different direction.
A while back, I dug out those old plans and decided to create them in 3D. So after 30+ years, people can see what I had in mind. The building is all there. All four sides. I just haven’t finished the landscaping. Trees, plants and flowers take while. In the garage is a 1951 Chevy panel van. Black Cherry and Tan. I want one when I grow up.
I’ve been asked to design a logo for the Marino Campus. Opening planned for this fall. It’s a college for the autistic. It’s part of the Dan Marino Foundation in Ft. Lauderdale. This is an awesome foundation for a great cause. I love these sort of groups. I’m sure they’re going to go a long way and help multitudes of those truely deserving. What can be better than that? I’m truely proud to be a tiny part of it. Here’s the logo and the business card. I fuzzed out the name, etc. out of respect for privacy. The stationary and other bits will be coming soon.
Here’s my idea of what would be a more interesting personal computer. Granted, it takes up more desk space, but it runs on plasma. It also gets unlimited Wifi, Skype and streaming television (black and white). You can most likely contact other parts of the universe and retrieve original broadcasts of Milton Berle from space.
Here’s a project I designed for just myself. Everyone always wants to have a quiet safe place to be. Here are a couple views of mine. Just a note: The tall stained glass windows are real. Obviously, it’s only one real window, but it’s one I begged to use my allowance to buy back in 1970. It cost me $5.00. Now it hangs in my bedroom window. The little round stained glass pieces are of sailing ships. The night version is my favorite. Can you smell the damp?
I spent this evening creating another something old. It’s not a replica of a real Victrola or one I own. I just thought I’d create my own version of something I always wanted in the real world. Just in case you think I don’t do these things in 3D, I do.
I’ve finally managed to get this all rendered and put together. After ninety years, he finally gets the adulation he deserves. He’s a wonderful character and hero, and deserves all the recognition. He and my mother taught me everything I know. School taught me nothing. I learned appreciation, beauty, wonder and curiosity. I’ve learned life can be entertaining. And I learned that if I was ever interested in anything, they would run on ahead and help lead me there. Now, I still keep running on ahead, but for them this time. I’m sure this show will still run for a long time. I’ll keep buying season tickets.
It’s taken a while, but here are a few pieces of the Paramount for my Dad’s 90th birthday. That’s my mom and dad’s wedding picture in the first poster. Me and my dad in the second. And one for the Coast Guard because my dad’s an old “Coasty”. It’s taken so long because my poor little computer keeps gaking on the rendering. I’ll just have to talk nice, pat it’s head and beg. Then maybe it’ll let me build the building.
This is a group I hold dear to my heart. I designed their logo and have friends in the service. I was again asked to design a display banner. I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed creating for them. I hope they are able to help as many as possible. They deserve everything we have to offer.
I’ve done work for a while now for Pauline Baker of JBM Miniatures (one of the leaders in collector quality dollhouse miniatures). She asked me if I wanted to try creating custom miniature doors. Since I had created architectural models back in the 70’s, I figured I would give it a shot. This was something I never thought I would be doing, but why not. And it shows my creativity and architectural knowledge. I treat them as if they are real full-size doors and make sure they express their “life”, the wear and tear of being used over the years and the many people who have gone through them. And just for fun, all the doors have keys. The images of them below show both sides of the door and the last one shows one of the styles in it’s “raw” form. I also created art for a new website of Pauline’s, CustomDollhouse.com. And a newsletter. And a pull-up tradeshow booth banner. I’ve also re-designed the masthead for the JBM website, JBMMiniatures.com.