Floor Plan Study

Floor Plan Study

  This week, I have begun piecing together the floor plans of the Train Pavilion Project. When it comes to visualizing floor plans, I have always leaned towards a simple representation. Maybe it is because I have spent so many years working in offices where the...
Train Pavilion Diagrams

Train Pavilion Diagrams

I have been playing around with some diagrams for the recent train pavilion design. The architecture diagrams that I create on this site have ranged quite a bit over the years. Lately, I have been gravitating towards a minimal approach for these types of...
6 Tips for a Perfect Sky

6 Tips for a Perfect Sky

I can’t believe that I have not written a post about skies yet on this blog. In most cases, a sky can make or break an architecture illustration. It’s also something that I see a lot of people overlook or only spend a few minutes on in their renderings....
V-Ray Settings Overview

V-Ray Settings Overview

A lot of you have been asking for V-Ray settings and so I am going to spend a little time going over the settings that I used to create the base rendering of the main street perspective in the previous post. I have been using V-Ray for over a year now and I am in...
Inspiration

Inspiration

I don’t talk a lot about what inspires me but I have been traveling around the country lately giving some workshops and lectures and that question seems to come up a lot. The fact of the matter is that there is no one place that I go to get inspiration and a lot of...
No-Render Quick Collage

No-Render Quick Collage

I was in need of some purely right brain thinking so I decided to skip modeling and V-Ray altogether and see what I could turn out with a half baked Sketchup model and some Photoshop. This meant generating a collage style illustration. These types of illustrations are...
New Project: Train Pavillion

New Project: Train Pavillion

The last few weeks have been spent designing a new project that will allow me to experiment with some new rendering styles that I have in mind. The past few projects were located in a dense urban setting so I am switching things up and going rural. I decided on an...
Culture Center Spreads

Culture Center Spreads

It has now been several months of working on this latest project from which lots of imagery has been created. I’m ready to start compiling all of this information into portfolio spreads similar to what I did for the wharf project. Anyone that reads this...
Winter Special #4

Winter Special #4

For this winter special #4, it was all about the lighting and atmosphere. Going into this, I knew the illustration was going to be heavily post processed so I spent little time preparing the 3d model and just kicked out a quick V-ray base rendering with no...
Some Thoughts on Texture

Some Thoughts on Texture

A thought that is often running through my head when working on architectural illustrations is how can I bring more of a human touch to the image. The answer is almost always through texturing in Photoshop. I have spent the last week illustrating an aerial perspective...
Photoshop Layer Management

Photoshop Layer Management

  Architecture visualization is notorious for producing complex and messy PSD files. Sometimes, it’s the little things that can make a big difference and in my opinion, layer management is one of those little things that many people don’t put enough...
New Model Underway

New Model Underway

These past two weeks have been crazy and if any of you follow my Facebook page, you know what I am talking about.  However, with all of the change, I figured it would also be a good time to start a new project as well. The wharf design was a fun project to...
Welcome to the New Site

Welcome to the New Site

I have not significantly changed the design of my site or its functionality since its inception, so the time has come to switch things up. The first thing I did was move from Squarespace to WordPress. Squarespace was a great platform but WordPress offers a huge amount...
KROB 2014

KROB 2014

The 40th Annual Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition is now accepting your submissions. This is one of my favorite competitions because of the wide range of styles and techniques that win each year. It is open to students and professionals and can be either a...
Wharf Design: Spreads

Wharf Design: Spreads

Over the past several months, I have developed many illustrations for my conceptual wharf design. I wanted to start thinking about how these illustrations would be organized into a portfolio layout. One of my favorite parts of arch viz is page layout. Last year, I put...
Breaking Up Edges Using Masks

Breaking Up Edges Using Masks

We have used this style a couple of times in the office and I am a big fan of it. It is also really simple to implement. The idea is to apply a mask over a full resolution illustration to break up the edges giving the illustration a collage-like feel. The great thing...