Renderworks & Spotlight - Stumped. in Entertainment Posted July 29 35 minutes ago, Wesley Burrows said: This arena in particular was sort of a pain because it was originally constructed in the 1930's and has been renovated several times, so the DWGs, and in some cases the hand-drawn original section drawings, did not agree with each other. Reconciling them in to agreement was an interesting mind exercise. It took a lot of help from the site survey notes, dimensions and a bunch of pictures. In any case, after you have a solid frame work, it really comes down to time and how much detail you want to put in to it. I think that Arena as shown above took about a week to model. I used everything from extrude along a path, loft surfaces, nurbs, simple extrudes, add/subtract solids, extract tool, to the projection tool and more. It takes a fair amount of familiarity with the 3D modeling tools available to figure out what might be best to use for a particular task. Eventually you start looking at real world objects and think about what tools you'd use to model them in real time, it's a sickness. But generally speaking I work from the arena floor outward and upward. It really helps to have section views for elevations, but those aren't always available for some spaces so, I also rely on site survey notes, and in some cases photos with some educated guesses based on typical dimensions of different construction materials/doors etc. But for a few hints, you can take a section view of a lower bowl of the arena, draw a simplified version of it (basically like you're looking at a set of stairs from the side) and extrude that along the path of the arena floor. Some arena's don't have a lower tier that is the same the whole way around, so you could do a series of the above, for each different section. I've also used the loft surface tool to create the different tiered bowls. Every time I do it it's a little different, and every time you learn different ways of doing stuff. There really isn't a right/wrong way, it's what works for you. You kinda just gotta go for it any not be afraid to make mistakes and learn. I know that's not exactly what you asked, but I hope it helps. Wesley, That is a pretty spot-on analysis of how to draw venues. I will add that taking some extra time to turn items into hybrid symbols is pretty much always worth the time. Consideration of classing, class line weight, pen color, fill color and textures can be huge time savers; especially when you decide to change something later on.