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#1 alienwar9

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 07:11 PM

HELP! My building is ugly :grin:

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The shape is done, but the color is just awful. I tried to make a good light grey building color, but it just screams blahhhh

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I need the base color to still be light grey, since that's the only color building I don't have prominently in the city, but any style or mix of colors for the rest can do. ANYTHING is better than what I made. As long as its "realistic looking" :laugh:

Here's the LXF

WARNING: its 11,000 pieces (it is my build after all :sweet: )

Please help! Any ideas are super appreciated!!!!!!!

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 09:20 PM

I opened your LDD .lxf file, and saw your green accents between the windows.  Those highlights are good, but the green band around the center of your curved building looks a bit odd.  Green building colors against a grey city landscape (or a blue sky) don't look that good.  Recommend a beige building with Bluish-Grey or Light Blue accents, like these have:

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Posted 19 June 2011 - 03:53 AM

I too like the beige color theme, but since you want to hang with the gray try reversing the highlight white with the gray of the "front" (rounded portion) maintaining the gray of the top bottom and "back". It lightens the look quite a bit, however, the white of LDD, at least on my monitor, isn't white white but rather egg-shelly. The green band I changed to beige and all in all it's pretty nice looking though considerably lighter in tone. Great building and I think the lighter tones will work in a city scape.

I also tried a sort of checker board effect maintaining the outside 1x6 gray brick grey and reversing the rest as described above. This gives it a more dark feel while maintaining the light tone and increasing the visual interest. Anyway some ideas there.
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Posted 20 June 2011 - 03:56 PM

Thanks guys! I did some recoloring with some of those suggestions (though I can't make the building beige since this is the second largest building, and the largest is already beige...and right next to it).

I'm still stuck and I wish I could make a poll :tongue:

numbered 1-11, which one looks the best? :laugh:

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Sorry in advance for the picture sizes. Its really hard to get a good idea of what the colors look like with any smaller size.
(by the way, no, I did not have all those running in one LDD. Who do you think I am? :grin:)

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 05:17 PM

11 in MHO
"When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail."

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 06:39 PM

I say go for light pink! Or sand red.

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 06:59 PM

At the risk of sounding stupid, what are the differences between #9 and #10? I like those the best.

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 08:30 PM

View PostBrickdoctor, on 20 June 2011 - 06:59 PM, said:

At the risk of sounding stupid, what are the differences between #9 and #10? I like those the best.

The stripes on the most left building.

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 08:35 PM

View Postlegolijntje, on 20 June 2011 - 08:30 PM, said:

The stripes on the most left building.
Ah, I see it now. Thanks.

I like #10 the best.

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 08:36 PM

I like #7, with its vertical dark "chain" pattern of the window frames.

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 08:56 PM

View PostDLuders, on 20 June 2011 - 08:36 PM, said:

I like #7, with its vertical dark "chain" pattern of the window frames.

Indeed, #7 is my second choice.
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Posted 20 June 2011 - 09:14 PM

I don't like the ones with the stripe in the middle of the round tower. They draw my attention right to that spot, but there doesn't appear to be anything special in that area.

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 09:31 PM

View PostBrickdoctor, on 20 June 2011 - 09:14 PM, said:

I don't like the ones with the stripe in the middle of the round tower. They draw my attention right to that spot, but there doesn't appear to be anything special in that area.

Which stripe, The vertical or horizontal one?
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Posted 20 June 2011 - 09:55 PM

View Posttreeboy, on 20 June 2011 - 09:31 PM, said:

Which stripe, The vertical or horizontal one?
Horizontal.

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 03:52 PM

:laugh: :laugh:  

sorry!!!! I finally figured out what the problem was...and so none of these color choices are good :tongue:

All the colors were too strong and drew away from the shape of the building itself. I completely forgot about legacy grey, so I'm doing a grey/bley striped pattern.

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It doesn't look great in picture, but it does in the program so...LXF

Should I put back the green highlights?
opinions? :sweet:

Edited by alienwar9, 26 June 2011 - 03:55 PM.

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 05:39 PM

@ alienwar9:  I opened up your latest LDD .lxf file for Building 31 above, and like the new color scheme.  I used LDDextended's Enhanced Graphics mode to see everything in sharp detail.  Since most building materials (steel, concrete, and stone) are gray, I like your Dark/Light Gray primary colors with the subtle vertical stripes on the big cylindrical tower.

Your building is group of individual shapes (tubes and rectangular blocks) that emphasize the VERTICAL nature of the skyscraper.  I would not add a horizontal stripe; that would be more suitable for a low, wide building.

I like the sloped building element over the front entrance carport (on the side not visible in your screenprint above).  I like the curved windows on (what seems to be) the two exterior elevator shafts.

If you ever build this 11,900-brick creation with real Lego bricks, it will be most impressive to see!   :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 08:49 PM

View Postalienwar9, on 26 June 2011 - 03:52 PM, said:

It doesn't look great in picture, but it does in the program so...LXF
Do we dare click that link? Will our computers crash? :poke:

I never really liked the green; I say leave it off.

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 04:48 AM

Looks good! I would like to see it rendered with the rest of the city and a sky background of some type...guess I could do the background myself.
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