creating THESE columns!!

(msdawy) #1

Good Morning…
have a look at these very BEAUTIFUL columns found on this page…
i tried to mail the author, but the email was returned.
could anybody help please, how can i model columns similar to those beautiful columns??
any hints would be greatly appreciated!! (is there a place i can download the .blend file for them?)

Thank you very very much in advance…


(OTO) #2

the basic shape is quite simple.
Two basic ways:

You add cylinders over cylinders.
Or (my prefered)you draw a line of vertices and you “spin” them.

You want exactly the same column??
As the author says, it’s a “bunch of faces”

To add the “bump” to the main column body make a new object
with a capsule shape, do the needed clones and place them
Them select all and do Substract Boolea operations!
You need some Blender basic skills!!
Is this clear?
I can e-mail you a column file
Let me know

(IamInnocent) #3

I agree that most of the column is a fairly simple case of spinning a mesh curve : now, what interest me is how you made the decorative channels… I see nothing but ‘spin dup’ for the ‘body’ (sorry, proper architectural terms escape me in english ; that was ‘le fut’ if you understand French) of the column.

I’d love to get that file.


(pofo) #4

Hmm… maybe if you use subsurfs and extrude every other face inwards, one moment and I’ll try it…

Yup, works pretty well. Here’s the blend I ended up with
With a little tweaking one could probably make a pretty nice column that way. But spin dup is the simpler way I think.
Maybe I’ll try making a short tute on columns when I come back from my skiing trip.

  1. pofo

(OTO) #5

Nice and clean way pofo!!

(IamInnocent) #6

Hi Pofo,

nice solution. Could use some refinement to be faithful to the model but nothing that can’t be done.
I first went the spindup route but this file
uses duplivert rather, so it wouldn’t be too big for posting.
It is 64Kb, to the byte. Turn on duplivert for CircleForChannels and CircleForBase. I used way too many vertices but I was focussing on the different solutions.

Modeling a simple column of the sort is fairly straightforward : now, if I could add some plausible achantus leaves or volutes…