Diorama... 2D or 3D???

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Diorama... 2D or 3D???

Taesung Harmms
Taesung Harmms

August 20th, 2002, 3:17 pm #1

Hello guys,
I am not a diorama builder but do plan to do one soon.
I was looking at many great dioramas at AMPS shows and
online past few years and noticed that some of them are
built in a way that they are meant to be viewed from only
one or two directions. For instance, in some of dios, the base
is designed with buildings as it's back drop. This means you
don't look at the dio from behind the building. Is eliminating
viewing directions acceptable practice?

I would live to hear what you guys think about this issue.

Taesung
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Dan Capuano
Dan Capuano

August 20th, 2002, 5:52 pm #2

Taesung, it really depends on what YOU the modeller wants. I choose for my diorama's to be viwed at every direction which means building interiors, fine details on trees & hedgegrows etc. I am not sure if there is a right way or a wrong way to build dioramas. I think that is why I enjoy buiding dio's so much, there is alot of artistic license that goes into it & also alot of creativity, don't get me wrong I love armor but there is nothing like bringing it to life in a dio. Good luck & have alot of fun.
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Brad Cocks
Brad Cocks

August 21st, 2002, 1:19 am #3

Hello guys,
I am not a diorama builder but do plan to do one soon.
I was looking at many great dioramas at AMPS shows and
online past few years and noticed that some of them are
built in a way that they are meant to be viewed from only
one or two directions. For instance, in some of dios, the base
is designed with buildings as it's back drop. This means you
don't look at the dio from behind the building. Is eliminating
viewing directions acceptable practice?

I would live to hear what you guys think about this issue.

Taesung
I myself like a distinct "background" it tends to balance easier than trying to make it viewer friendly from every angle.However the dio I am building at the moment im trying to make it balanced back and front(a challenge. A friend who doesnt build dios but has seen a few, likes the 3d viewing aspect of them.So its really whatever turns you on but I find it easier to compose the dio with a "background".They will all have interseting angles to view at but there always seems to be a stronger angle than the rest.
Hope that helps.
Brad
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Michael Bishop
Michael Bishop

August 21st, 2002, 1:47 am #4

Hello guys,
I am not a diorama builder but do plan to do one soon.
I was looking at many great dioramas at AMPS shows and
online past few years and noticed that some of them are
built in a way that they are meant to be viewed from only
one or two directions. For instance, in some of dios, the base
is designed with buildings as it's back drop. This means you
don't look at the dio from behind the building. Is eliminating
viewing directions acceptable practice?

I would live to hear what you guys think about this issue.

Taesung
Hi Taesung,
I think it's a matter of personal taste. I have always been a little frustrated when trying to tell a story with a diorama, that is able to carry through all 360 degrees of potential viewing. It's often hard enough to convey a compelling image/message in a diorama or vignette without adding elements filling corners and abstracting the point of the artwork. Lately, I've been designing my larger vignettes with an absolute front viewing angle as a way to keep the scene to one point and also as a way to cut down on construction time. Using a building facade as a backdrop, still allows viewing from three sides potentially and lets me focus on details that are important to the story I'm trying to tell. Also, when you have a "backside" to your work, you can hide elements you might use to light your scene as an example. It's one step closer to creating a shadow-box diorama where you can cheat perspective and play with light. Lastly, in my situation, I don't have a lot of shelf space and by having a back piece on my vignettes, it's possible to hang the work on the wall for display. There are a couple of examples of this in our gallery at our website. www.monroeperdu.com
Mike
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Taesung Harmms
Taesung Harmms

August 22nd, 2002, 2:47 pm #5

Hello guys,
I am not a diorama builder but do plan to do one soon.
I was looking at many great dioramas at AMPS shows and
online past few years and noticed that some of them are
built in a way that they are meant to be viewed from only
one or two directions. For instance, in some of dios, the base
is designed with buildings as it's back drop. This means you
don't look at the dio from behind the building. Is eliminating
viewing directions acceptable practice?

I would live to hear what you guys think about this issue.

Taesung
I guess having 'back-drop' has some advantages and some
disadvantages. And same applies to dios with no 'back-drop'.
I noticed that, in dios with no 'back-drop', the composition
tends to be what I call 'Pyramid'. Things get piled up in the
center. I guess there's no right or wrong way to do this

Cheers
Taesung
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