The Our House Series

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Just cosmetic stuff: I shuffled the pictures on display, removing several, and brushed up the look of the page and checked all the links. Work on this project suspended until winter. You can expect a Modernist version of the House by then...see Gallery Seven for the future evolution of the House.


Yes, many months have passed since the last update! I kind of ran out of creative juice last summer so development of Our_House slowed to a crawl. Then I recieved an upgrade of my computer system to a Pentium 75, 32M RAM, 650M hard drive, Win95. The first web site I visited was good ol' POVRAY.ORG and downloaded POV 3.1g for WIN 95.
I really, really like the Win 95 POV file editor and renderer system; it beats using the Turbo Pascal 5.0 text editor, five batch files, and two thick ring-binders of notes and POV docs to manage my work.
As soon as I reinstalled all my software I started reworking (yet again!) the source code for Our_House. The first results are the pictures below...


The work proceeds apace: write the code, render the image, correct the code; repeat as necessary. New details have been added to the exteriors and the front yard; furniture, sculpture and plants are being designed for the interiors. There was a three month work stoppage because some faulty memory chips that caused povray.exe to crash while attempting to render a new Beauty Shot of the House with 6000+ objects. Last week I got two new chips that give 32M's of fractory-fresh rendering power so a new image will be posted here soon.


Now '97 is a memory and '98 is almost gone. During this year the House code has gone thru two significant revisions resulting in a new series of images that were once displayed here. This is the start of a final version of this house. The pictures here show the development of the final renders of the exterior "beauty shots" and the tour of the interiors. After two years of intermitent work on this project it is finally ready for a series of architectural views of the house, inside and out.
These views superceed the other, older versions of the House which have been removed.

...original introduction: early 1998

I consider the previous scenes to be my apprentice work with POV. The practice gained in creating scenes, building a good set of template files, and creating a collection of .INC files was invaluable. Our House is my journeyman's work. In the Fall of '96 I started working on this series in creative collaboration with my wife, Caitilin. She provided creative input for the look of the house, its textures and furnishings; I contributed the script writing, testing and debugging.

Starting the the summer of '97 I began converting the House files to POV Ver 3. Thankfully and generously I praise the POV Team for their brilliant new program. Rewriting the files into the new format was a breeze. For instance, the orginal scripting of the Atrium with all the stairs and balconies, lights and windows, took about a month of daily work. Yes, about 200+ hours. Transforming the scripts to ver. 3 format took about a week, 50-70 hours.

A General Note:
My conception of what I am doing in this series is rendering the image of an architect's model of a house, sitting on a table, outdoors, NOT the image of a real house in a real landscape!

This gives me some leeway in the renderings: every corner of every room does not have to be precise to the fraction of an inch, every detail of the interior need not be a photo-realistic rendering of a real object, and the plants can be seen as miniature mock-ups of shrubry, thus saving the agony of rendering half a million leaves!

SORRY! not all the detail shots below are large size renders yet!
This gallery has thumbnail shots of various
views of the House as it being constructed.

Our House Images Descriptions
View 1: Our House
the basic long shot
View 5: The Front_Yard
wow! all that tile!
View 6: The East Room:
lotsa glass and a cozy fireplace.
View 7: The West Room:
a long shot of the
house's west wing.
View 8: The Atrium:
a view of the new front facade.


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Here's a gallery of images of Our_House done with previous versions of POV.
Archive Gallery

Gallery One
Gallery Two
Gallery Three
Gallery Five
Gallery Six
Gallery Seven
Gallery Eight
Archive Gallery

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