Cliff Retreat Section Spread

Cliff Retreat Section Spread

For the past few weeks, I have been producing section illustrations of my cliff retreat design. As is often the case, the final result took a complete detour from what I originally set out to produce. I began the spreads rendering out two large detail perspectives...
Cliff Retreat Moments: Part 1

Cliff Retreat Moments: Part 1

      The cliff retreat has been a fun project to design and I find myself constantly jumping back and forth between the macro and micro scales of the design. For the micro scale, the lack of detail in the model can make it difficult to visualize some...
Cliff Landscape Study

Cliff Landscape Study

A big part of this design is how the landscape slips under and around the structure. As a way for me to understand the relationship between the landscape and architecture, I put together a few diagrams. The success of this image relies heavily on the textures. The...
Cliff Retreat Massing

Cliff Retreat Massing

As I move into the next design, I am thinking about several different site locations. For the past several projects, I have been working with scenes that contained a lot of context architecture or that were set in urban environments. For this next project, I am...
Train Pavilion Interior Study

Train Pavilion Interior Study

  I have been experimenting with some interior illustrations and wanted to post a breakdown of this image.  Determining the view for this shot has been difficult because there is so much going on in the design, and I wanted to find a view that properly captured...
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...