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The Key To Realistic Builds!

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avatar WelshCake
Level 23 : Expert Geek
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EYE FOR DETAIL 
There are some in this small world that will tell you that there are but two kinds of people: Those with an eye for detail, and those without. Well I am here to tell you that everyone has the ability to see the finer lines of life, the skill required is that you use your effort to include it!


REALISTIC BUILDS 
When I create a build that I want to look a specific way, I find it is essential that I find myself some resource material to refer to when I'm stuck on what colour or shape to use. For example if I want to build a Woodland Lodge, then I will quicky search them on google images and keep that open as a reference to. When an artist is painting a lovely woman, he doesn't say to her "Alright love, you can go shopping for a bit. I'm going to guess how you look for this painting!" Instead he takes time to analyse her face to include all detail, shades and curves. 

I once created a grande scale build of 'Burton Castle', which I was very proud of at the time. But looking back on the build, I've come to realise that it wasn't the prettiest or realistic as I stuck to basic blocks such as stone bricks... and stone bricks... and urm, mossy stone bricks! 

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This is the image I used, how many different block types could you use for this build? Stone? Cobble? Bricks? Gravel? Stained Clay? Sandstone? Sand? Bushes? Vines?  

So much potential was lost with that build as I didn't include any variety in the blocks I used, and my creation suffered because of it. It looked ugly and the only reason it looked the slightest bit asthetically pleasing, was the texture pack I used at the time. (Ovo's Rustic) 

Spontinaity is the spice of life; so mix things up a bit! 



YOU ARE LIMITLESS! 
I've never understood why we like to give ourselves boundaries? Be honest with yourself, do you set out designated plots for your builds? I used to create plot outlines for my creations, but then I decided to break free from these restrictions and my structures started to grow into beautiful builds! 

When creating Burton Castle I increased the size of the castle to fit all the ridges of the tower tops! Each ridge of those tower tops was 1 block wide, now imagine the size of the build! Forget compacting your creations! Become experimental with different sizes and if something doesn't fit, then make it bigger! 


REASONS TO SMILE 
On a more personal note, recently I have managed to get my girlfriend into Minecraft! She was stubbornly against the game for the best of 3 years now, but just this last 2 weeks... she's cracked! I got her blowing up pigs with TNT on creative mode, and I guess the psycopath inside her was pleased! 

She has been building her first houses on creative and is sending me emails here and there, warming my little heart to see a noobie create their first house. It brings me to a wonderful state of nostalgic bliss to see these builds, and induces reminiscence of my first houses. 
My Girlfriend's Builds
This is her first house:
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We recently went to a coal mine together called "Big Pit", she recreated this as "Kirsty's Pit"...
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There were horse stables underground too. (They used to keep their horses in the mines!)
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Thanks for reading!
-WelshCake

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This is the type of inspiration I need when I get builder's block...no pun intended, heh.  Thanks my friend.
  • Fishmastr
  • Level 21
  • Expert Fisherman
  • March 5, 2014, 8:46 am
I agree to all you say in general, but i am a little fuzzy with the size thing. I try to keep my builds realistic size because for me the feeling for players visiting is far more important than a high detail look on screenshots. This makes it sometimes very difficult to find a compromise between larger size for more detail and keeping realistic proportions.

But never the less Great article. And btw .. i see lots of this kind of buildings on our server. So your girlfriend doesnt need to hide. ^^
Very good! :D
  • boogdawg
  • Level 25
  • Expert Dolphin
  • March 4, 2014, 8:49 pm
This is really good.. the creative community needs more people like you :)
  • Daveable
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • March 4, 2014, 4:10 pm
Seems legit :D
I now this is a really dumb question but, how'd you do the drop down tab thing?
  • Reer123
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Terraformer
  • March 6, 2014, 7:16 am
If you look on the top bar then you can find "spoiler" and that is it.

[spoiler]Spoiler[/spoiler]
Thanks!
  • Emiel97
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Hero
  • March 4, 2014, 9:46 am
I understand your point, but if you're building something huge then it's hard to keep variation in the blocks that you use.
I'm currently creating a huge abandoned city, for a parkour/adventure map. It contains lots of high towers to climb up on. could anyone check it out? Maybe you have some great ideas because i'm running low on them! (it's the Uncharted map)
Trick to realistic builds.... shaders and a 1024x1024 texture pack.
xD
  • Roy Builds
  • Level 1
  • New Architect
  • March 4, 2014, 10:16 am
lolololololol! So fudging true! xD
  • Svawe
  • Level 1
  • New Ranger
  • March 3, 2014, 10:08 pm
IT'S TRUE! OR IS IT?!
lol
  • Svawe
  • Level 1
  • New Ranger
  • March 4, 2014, 2:58 am
I am the definition of lol.
  • Seneschal
  • Level 29
  • Expert Demolitionist
  • March 4, 2014, 1:10 pm
lol
  • Svawe
  • Level 1
  • New Ranger
  • March 4, 2014, 1:11 pm
Exactly
  • Nobody132
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • March 3, 2014, 12:32 pm
This is a fantastic blog and helpful advice on building! It's the best of both worlds (wish I could say something else, that just reminds me of Hannah Montana) I'm pleased to say that I'm now one of your many subscribers!
  • WelshCake
  • Level 23
  • Expert Geek
  • March 3, 2014, 12:38 pm
Awr that's so nice! And don't worry Hannah Montana was once one of my guilty pleasures back in the day... don't tell no one!
  • Svawe
  • Level 1
  • New Ranger
  • March 3, 2014, 10:09 pm
Let's not worry about the past. BUT ABOUT NOW *RIPS OUT EYES*
  • Nobody132
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • March 3, 2014, 1:51 pm
xD
  • Knightsunder
  • Level 57
  • Grandmaster Cyborg
  • March 3, 2014, 9:09 am
Wow, WelshCake. This is.... 4 pop reel blogs in a row? You're doing very well for a relatively new member :O 

Thanks for the blog; I have problems with my builds looking really... not detailed. This is why you don't see me posting any.
  • WelshCake
  • Level 23
  • Expert Geek
  • March 3, 2014, 12:33 pm
Haha thanks! It's been a week today since I started and I'm loving all the kindness the community has to offer! It's safe to say I'm making many new friends :)
  • paintsniffer
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Network
  • March 3, 2014, 8:47 am
Just saying but it's kinda ironic the the build in the thumbnail isn't very detailed ;')
I think that's his castle build that he said he wish he made more detailed.
  • WelshCake
  • Level 23
  • Expert Geek
  • March 3, 2014, 12:40 pm
That is pretty true in all honety, I could have used a better example but I the excitement in Burton Castle comes from the vast ammount of shapes and sizes it holds! No tower is the same size which was very fun to include!
  • Arkenarge
  • Level 45
  • Master Pokemon
  • March 3, 2014, 7:06 am
They key to building is to give the viewer alot to look at, even if its bad it give the illusion its good. Thats why some people go all out with the stairs and slab designs They don't leave one flat wall, which is sorta bad (but if they render it in 3d and use it as a thumbnail for pmc it'll trick people into thinking its good). You have to balance the design with detail. Enough to look at but not eye straining. That goes for building fantasy, for realism minecraft blocks can never really match it, what i've learned from building off of reference pictures is to just wing it and if you know the basics it'll all come together.
Good job on this inspiring blog my friend :)
  • _Lucy
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Unicorn
  • March 2, 2014, 11:47 pm
Congrats on the pop real! Nice blog :3
  • WelshCake
  • Level 23
  • Expert Geek
  • March 3, 2014, 6:26 am
Thank you :D It's always great to hear from people!
ur girlfriends  build are not bad
there as good as my brother when he first started. not to be mean or all or in any way but he i six and im very proud
  • WelshCake
  • Level 23
  • Expert Geek
  • March 3, 2014, 6:26 am
Haha yeah she's not doing too bad, I'll be posting her newest creation in my next blog (It's a church, and it's quite big!)
  • PixelCrash_
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 59
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • March 2, 2014, 7:18 pm
Good blog. Generally, the bigger the build is and the more types of materials used in it, the better it is (though there are plenty of excellent smaller builds).

Here's a diamond.
Really nice blog. I remember the build i did a year ago that i was super proud of but now i look at it and it ldoesnt look that good.  I am actually improving it right now so i can upload it :D
  • Aelinexos
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • March 2, 2014, 4:21 pm
awesome blog :)
  • WelshCake
  • Level 23
  • Expert Geek
  • March 2, 2014, 4:27 pm
Thank you ;D It's always good to get feedback from my favourite follower
  • Aelinexos
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • March 2, 2014, 10:40 pm
:D im ur fav follower? :3
  • WelshCake
  • Level 23
  • Expert Geek
  • March 3, 2014, 12:41 pm
Of course! How could I have found Risk.MC without you! You're a star! Iff it worked, enjoy the points I just earned you from filling in the form saying you referred me to the server :)
  • Aelinexos
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • March 3, 2014, 10:16 pm
:D

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