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Perfecto 31-07-2011 08:23 PM

My Dream Office Challenge - Perfecto
 
Hello everyone! Been getting too much free time on my hands lately and the boredom is beginning to drive me nuts, so I thought I'd hang out with the awesome Simply Maya Crew for awhile.

I didn't have any inspiration for a w.i.p. and since it's not too far into the challenge, I figured it's the perfect thing for me to join in on. I like how the challenge is left open to alot of individual creativity which makes it really appealing to me. I'll start sketching up some ideas for my dream office. Once I come up with something I like or that I can run with, I'll post it.

By the way...."miss you all"..."love you all".

daverave 31-07-2011 08:28 PM

Good to see you back Perfecto.......oxoxo........LOL.........dave

tweetytunes 31-07-2011 09:09 PM

God they`ll let anyone back these days - hehe - good luck - you have been missed

Perfecto 31-07-2011 09:45 PM

Thanks Dave and Tweety.

I was thinking about doing something totally crazy and out of the box but I've decided to make my own dream office by keeping it realistic yet interjecting my personality in it. Probably not the best way to get 1st prize but I'm just going to try and take my time and have fun creating something for "me".

I consider myself creative so it's going to reflect that creative/artistic side of me. I don't know what color scheme I'm going to go with but I'm thinking about either using warm colors or neutral colors. I also want the office to be functional but not so limited to the traditional office. I want it to be a place where I can not only work but a place where I can relax and be inspired. I will probably go for more of a modern look.

Perfecto 31-07-2011 11:12 PM

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I plan on doing some artwork on the walls. Here's my initial concept. The idea is a bold statement that makes the back wall the focal point. That's also where the desk will be. One stripe will be coming off the back wall and going down each side wall to carry the artwork off the back wall yet keeping the focal point at the back of the room.

I also plan on going with a wood floor with a stylized area rug that compliments the room and helps tie everything together.

bullet1968 01-08-2011 12:07 AM

Nice mate...good to see you back...good luck with it...love bullet xoxox

Perfecto 01-08-2011 02:28 AM

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thx for the warm welcome Bullet.

Playing around with my color palette.

bullet1968 01-08-2011 02:48 AM

Looks like an Aussie inspired room mate...aboriginal art kinda...same earthy colours too

Nukefr 01-08-2011 04:20 AM

Nicely Done Good Luck Perfecto................

joshpurple 01-08-2011 03:13 PM

Looks like a very creative and artistic start, nice bright warm colors and organic lines/shapes.
Good luck!

Perfecto 01-08-2011 04:20 PM

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Thanks for the comments everyone

Here's my concepts for a wall shelf and door. I decided on a glass door because it reflects who I am. A solid door is nice because it gives privacy but I'm a people person. A glass door allows me to see other people in the building so I don't feel so isolated. I decided not to get crazy on the door design in order to keep it believable. Office doors are usually straight lines so instead of getting creative with the shape of the door, I decided to create an artistic logo instead.

I wanted to create a wall shelf that is simple yet has a sleek modern look to it.

Perfecto 01-08-2011 05:04 PM

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Decorative Shelf Concept

Perfecto 01-08-2011 06:59 PM

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Desk Concept

I shaped the top of the desk like a paint palette which I thought was nice since it has that organic look to it. I also put part of the artwork from the door logo onto the front of the desk. I wanted the front of the desk to be solid to help keep the room from looking too busy against the back wall.

murambi 02-08-2011 08:17 AM

Good to see you join in the challenge

daverave 02-08-2011 09:25 AM

I think the difficult part for you Perfecto will be to bring all your parts together with your colour feam..........dave

s2-speedy 02-08-2011 10:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Perfecto (Post 323127)
Desk Concept

I shaped the top of the desk like a paint palette which I thought was nice since it has that organic look to it.

I also had this idea for a paint palette desk when I was thinking of ideas. Good luck Perfecto, Ill be keeping an eye on this :)

Perfecto 02-08-2011 03:00 PM

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Originally Posted by daverave (Post 323159)
I think the difficult part for you Perfecto will be to bring all your parts together with your colour feam..........dave

I totally agree with you daverave. I've been doing alot of thinking in my head about what color to make things. Once I figure out all the major pieces of furniture I want in my office, I'll sketch out the final room. I'll scan it in and start messing around with colors in gimp. Once I figure out the colors, I'll grab my camera and go all over town looking for textures.

Perfecto 02-08-2011 03:07 PM

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I also had this idea for a paint palette desk when I was thinking of ideas. Good luck Perfecto, Ill be keeping an eye on this :)

And I thought I was being original lol. I totally don't mind if you stick with your idea. I'm sure there will still be differences. I originally thought about using a paint brush for the legs, or at least for one side of the desk but after sketching it out, I was afraid it would look too much like a kid's desk. You can use the idea though if it will fit your vision. I'm guessing that you already probably thought of that though since they do go hand in hand. Anyway here's my sketch of a paintbrush leg just in case you're interested.

Perfecto 02-08-2011 03:21 PM

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As an artist, there are times when you have to ponder and work out inspirations in your head so I want a couch in my office so that I can relax and let my imagination run wild. It's also a place where I can just relax and hang out with my friends while on breaks and such or a place where I can pitch/share my artwork or ideas. My concept is to have something that doesn't have any exposed wood. I want it to be all fabric and cushion to portray comfort. I wanted to keep it simple but yet have a little character to it and be somewhat modern. I thought about making a cushioned coffee table but decided against it since it would take away from it's functionality. I wanted to keep it simple to fit with the simplicity of the couch.

Perfecto 02-08-2011 07:19 PM

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Took me awhile to design a bookshelf I like. I didn't quite get the perspective right so it looks kinda like its curving backward. However, it's flat on the back and it only curves to the side. The left side curves more than the right side but the top corners are not outside the bottom corners in order for it to be stable and functional. It has a cartoony feel to it which is not what I was going for but I think once it's incorporated into the room and textured and filled with books and such, it will not look cartoony.

Chirone 02-08-2011 09:40 PM

this weird looking stuff is what i'd expect from an artist :D

joshpurple 02-08-2011 10:53 PM

Nice to see the concept sketches, and a good looking design theme developing. It flows very well. Your pallet shaped desk made me think of waste paper baskets being designed as paint buckets, but -your design has a much more polished professional look, very appealing :D .

serzz 03-08-2011 07:12 AM

Really nice to see how many sketches you have created before you will actually start with modeling...

I am keen to see further progress.. :playfull:

s2-speedy 03-08-2011 08:41 AM

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Originally Posted by Perfecto (Post 323167)
And I thought I was being original lol. I totally don't mind if you stick with your idea. I'm sure there will still be differences. I originally thought about using a paint brush for the legs, or at least for one side of the desk but after sketching it out, I was afraid it would look too much like a kid's desk. You can use the idea though if it will fit your vision. I'm guessing that you already probably thought of that though since they do go hand in hand. Anyway here's my sketch of a paintbrush leg just in case you're interested.

I didnt think of the brush idea but i like it :) Im not planning on modelling that anyway, like i say, it was just an idea that I thought of and passed it by, I'm going with something else now. Looking forward to seeing you model this though. Its good that your getting your ideas down on paper. I tend to work like that before I even touch the computer if I have the time. It helps alot.

Perfecto 03-08-2011 04:32 PM

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Thanks for all the comments everyone. I greatly appreciate the feedback an encouragement.

Been working on my furniture layout. I'm liking this layout alot. It doesn't look too cluttered or choatic. If you notice, I took the artwork off the back wall and made a picture with it instead. I'm considering having painted walls except for the back wall which will be rock. I think it will add quite a bit of character because it would be a textured look. And with the design picture hanging on it, I think it will have a really nice appearance yet keep it the focal point.

I'm also considering moving the guitar to the left wall in between the plant and the bookshelf. Then putting a floor lamp in the far right corner and a nice looking file cabinet under the window. One that is wide and not tall.

Perfecto 03-08-2011 08:07 PM

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Working with the layout and room some more

Nukefr 04-08-2011 04:13 AM

Cool Concept Perfecto.............

s2-speedy 04-08-2011 07:58 AM

I Like it :) I always like to see how artists make a 3D scene from a 2D concept.

Perfecto 04-08-2011 03:41 PM

Thanks for the comments speedy and nuke. I definitely prefer to work on paper before I work in Maya. It's soooooooo much faster to make changes on paper.

I typically start off writing all my thoughts down on paper in words. It's the easiest and quickest way to work on my concept. Once I'm happy with my idea, I start sketching out the different items that I wrote down so I can see it visually. Sketching is fast so if I don't like anything, I can just erase and sketch again. Once I'm happy with my sketches visually, then I start modeling in Maya. Once I'm ready to jump into Maya, I already know "exactly" what I'm going to do and "how" i'm going to do it and "what" it's going to look like. It takes more time up front but I think it really pays off in the end. Overall, I spend alot less time on my projects this way.

Perfecto 04-08-2011 09:56 PM

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Working on Colors is horrible. I need to study color theory or something. This is going to take me days to figure something out that feels right. Here's my last test for today and figured I should at least post something.

If anyone has any advice on colors, I'm all ears.

s2-speedy 04-08-2011 10:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Perfecto (Post 323302)
Thanks for the comments speedy and nuke. I definitely prefer to work on paper before I work in Maya. It's soooooooo much faster to make changes on paper.

I typically start off writing all my thoughts down on paper in words. It's the easiest and quickest way to work on my concept. Once I'm happy with my idea, I start sketching out the different items that I wrote down so I can see it visually. Sketching is fast so if I don't like anything, I can just erase and sketch again. Once I'm happy with my sketches visually, then I start modeling in Maya. Once I'm ready to jump into Maya, I already know "exactly" what I'm going to do and "how" i'm going to do it and "what" it's going to look like. It takes more time up front but I think it really pays off in the end. Overall, I spend alot less time on my projects this way.

You work like I do :) I do the whole brainstorming words /objects to doodles to 3d work :D All looks cool so far.

Perfecto 05-08-2011 01:04 AM

Ok, I'm going to go a whole different direction. I'm just not liking the visual appeal of my current concept. I think the "wow" factor is lacking way too much. I have a new idea now, so back to square 1. I'll try and post some new sketches tomorrow. I think I can do "outside the box" and still have a functional office.

Perfecto 05-08-2011 01:39 AM

I'm so loving my new concept ALOT. I will give you a clue...Lava lamp. I'm totally stoked and can't wait to show you :D.

Chirone 05-08-2011 01:40 AM

have you made everything out of lava lamp...?

Perfecto 05-08-2011 03:22 PM

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Here's my new concept which I think is way more fun. It's a large open office space for cg artists. The room is inspired by lava. There's a huge lava lamp from floor to ceiling in the corner. Near the lamp is a meeting area where people can share their storyboards and have other discussions. There are two levels of bookshelves and to access the top level, you have to cross a rope bridge. You can't see it but to get up to the rope bridge you go up steps that resembles a rock mound (sort of) but it's just black carpeted organic shapped steps (hard to explain). The main floor is black glossy granite with orage tile in shapes of cracks. The walkway is laid in removable sections. Why? Because it's broken up sand-blasted black granite laid on top of plexiglass and grouted with a clear polyurethane. Under the plexiglass is reddish orange lighting to give a subtle but super cool lava effect. There's a recessed area in the floor which will have orange carpeting and contain desks with cool rock like dividers. There's also a seating area which will have couch, bean bags, seating cubes, couple of tables, etc. The walls are mostly grey. At the top of the walls, lava is painted so that it looks like it's coming down the walls. There's a huge sky light. It's the opening of the volcano sort of speak. I'll probably break up the area with various types of cool dividers. I'm also probably going to have a hallway underneath the rope bridge to add a little more character to the room. Either that or some mirrors.

My goal is to make the office space very creative, fun, and unique. I want it to be original and functional. Hope you like it.

joshpurple 05-08-2011 03:42 PM

Cool :D ! Major bump up in the "Wow" factor!

Edit;
Don't forget to add the giant screen flat tv in the hang out area (with a game console & dance pad :D) <--just a bit o' fun, your new design looks excellent & certainly doesn't need that.

Perfecto 06-08-2011 03:15 AM

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Working on the floor a little.

Acid44 06-08-2011 03:50 AM

Concept looks great man! Model looks great so far too

Perfecto 07-08-2011 03:20 PM

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Thanks Acid.

Did some more work on the floor. I didn't like the look I originally had planned for the walkway. Just didn't look right. So I'm tried a couple of other ideas. Also, instead of using carpet for the resessed area, i'm using a few different color shades of tile.

Gen 07-08-2011 04:51 PM

Digging the concept, it has a kind of creative "lair" feel to it. One thing bothering me with the model so far is the thickness of the tiled floor. It's making the scale seem a bit on the small side.


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