I was finally able to setup some interior scenes for the cliff retreat design. I decided to go black and white with these images to relate back to the black and white exterior images generated a few posts ago. However, the desaturated colors will also help play up the light and shadow of the interior views and highlight the concrete textures that dominate the space.
Below is a quick break down of one of the interior images
1. Sketchup Model
Above is a hidden line view of the Sketchup model. The 3d model remained relatively simple with a Kahn like waffle slab to help break up the large concrete ceiling plane. All furniture was found in Sketchup 3D Warehouse.
Above is the Sketchup model with materials turned on. A lot of my time was spent experimenting with concrete textures and honing in on the right amount of bump and reflection. While I like to photoshop textures on exterior views like these images, it is too difficult to manually texture in interior scenes. Interior views often have too much geometry and detail to mask around and too many reflective surfaces to deal with.
2. V-Ray Base Rendering
Above shows the V-Ray base rendering. Along with the concrete texture, I also setup a gloss white acrylic for the Saarinen Tulip furniture, chrome materials for the Arco floor lamp and Barcelona chairs, and a simple wood material for the millwork on the left.
Once in Photoshop, I started setting up masks and desaturated the color taking everything to a simple black and white image.
4. Adjust the Levels
The image is lacking some contrast so I adjusted the levels to deepen the darks and punch up the highlights. I also added some vignetting (shadow around the edges of the image) to help draw the eye to the center of the composition. Finally, I added a slight haze to give some depth as well as lit up the left wall to help articulate the shift in wall plane from the dining room to seating area in the back.
5. Room Accents
Some vegetation was added to the outdoor terrace to better visually separate interior from exterior. Other elements like the dining room pendant light, ceiling spot lights, and paintings were added in Photoshop instead of modeled in 3d because I find it easier and faster to iterate and test out ideas in this environment rather than waiting for test renderings to kick out. The paintings especially changed quite a bit once desaturated, requiring a lot of experimenting to find the right tones. Finally, some people were placed in the back to avoid drawing too much attention while still adding scale and activity to the space.