Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The 2015 Project - Area Birdseye

In order to get to a Guide Map illustration for the 2015 park (I’ll aim for the illustrative style used for the commemorative TDS guide maps), it is first necessary to nail down most of the architecture, landscapes and area development for the park.   While a theme park might have several dozen actual buildings, many of the larger ones need to represent multiple buildings of diverse architectural styles.    For example, just one block (of four) of MK’s Main Street represents 14 "buildings", and the land as a whole represents ~60 buildings.  Like the other lands, a few of these are unified wholes, like the Train Station or Crystal Palace, but most are faux-buildings: numerous adjoining facades along the edges of the larger buildings.

For this park,  I’ve already shared a concept elevation for the castle.  Another way to visualize the park is with birdseye drawings.  For this one, I chose among the simplest, easiest of structures in the park to render:  The Quick Service Restaurant in Phase I Adventueland.   Since it is across the path from the Indiana Jones ride, I imagined this would be similar in theme: a dilapidated Jungle Import/Export business, in an early 20th C., Afro-colonial style, with an outdoor seating patio among the trees and sounds of the forest.  This isn't an especially original concept but a piece that fits into the larger park puzzle:


For the next birdseye, I’ll aim for a more exciting section of the park with varying facades/theme complexity.