In this tutorial I am going to explain how I made the image of the Parthenon.
I have seen many different photographs and drawings of the Parthenon from different angles, in order to have an idea, as clear as possible, about its characteristics and proportions. I have obtained a lot of information from several books of History and Art.
Using Softimage XSI, in the option camera view, we activate Rotoscope and we load the photograph we like the most. We join the angle of our camera with the one of the photograph using the grid of the scene
If the photograph does not allow us to see the model, we can remove or replace it by another one in a grey range. Now we can begin to model the objects. We begin with the columns.
We load an image or a drawing of the base of the column in the top view option in order to model it accurately.
We also load a lateral image of the column in the front view option to see its height and proportions. We create a circle for the base of the column. We repeat several small cylinders and by means of a Boolean Difference we made the cuts in the column.
We make an Extrusion Along Axis of the height and the correct axis (Y). In this way we create the column. We place a cylinder, widened in its upper base and not very high, in the upper part of the column.
For the abacus we use a cube scaled in (Y), subdivided in order to make it old-fashioned.
We select the 3 objects of the column and we create a model. We duplicate the model 7 times in axis (Z), in this way we obtain 8 central columns.
We select the first and the last columns and we duplicate them 12 times in axis (X). We also place 6 columns background, behind the 8 central columns.