andyorban

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Andy Orban is the owner of Orban Design - the premier architectural rendering consultant for Central Virginia. Andy Orban is a licensed Architect in Virginia who specializes in building 3D models and creating high quality renderings. Additional services provided by Orban Design include 2D Illustrations in a variety of styles, photo manipulation, and drafting & design. Go to http://andyorban.com to learn more about what Orban Design can do for you.

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Material ID channel tutorial

Having the material ID channel has been an immense help in compositing images in post-process. This is a tool that allows you to mask out a material and replace it with a suitable texture. I thought I would share my steps in making this image using the material ID and Alpha channel. Step 1. select […]

Lochlyn Hill PUD approved by the City Planning Commission

Congratulations to Milestone Partners on the acceptance of their re-zoning application for the Lochlyn Hill development. I’m glad I got to work on the design part! It was the back and forth on the proffers that proved the biggest hurdle for the project. Here are some of the supporting images I prepared for the application. […]

New renderings to start off the fall

It’s not for lack of work that I haven’t posted in some time. I have been a bit overwhelmed with all that has been on my plate. Between attending to the final stages of construction on my house, testing the new Vray for Sketchup beta software, and unfortunately having my computer CPU die, I’ve still […]

Recent Posts

Lighting studies

There are many cool features of the particular rendering software that I use. One of these that I’ll explain in this post is rendering with a global material. What this does is allow me to produce a rendering that is basically a white box, where I can see the effects of my lighting without the […]

restaurant interior

Happy Holidays

Hope everyone has a safe and happy holidays. Best wishes for the new year! Here is a current rendering I just completed. This is a view of a proposed restaurant interior for littleJohn’s. They are now offering franchising opportunities, and I had the opportunity to provide a rendering of their new look!

final rendered view of residential interior

DOF part II – depth of field calculated by rendering software

As mentioned in the first post on Depth of Field, there are some shortcomings to creating a DOF effect in a rendering entirely as a post-processing operation. The biggest shortcoming is that any distant reflections showing up in reflective materials in the rendering will be uneffected by the zdepth layer that the software generates. Here […]

Photorealistic rendering and depth of field (DOF)

One of my current favorite methods of enhancing the photo-realism of a rendering is by using depth of field (DOF) blur.  With my interest in photography, I like to find the ways I can blur the line (so to speak!) between a computer generated image and a photograph. When a computer rendering is generated, it […]

watercolor for the digital age

When we as architects show clients images of illustrated elevations, what we see as most desirable does not necessarily translate to our clients. Our market and our clients are not (ever?) other architects! I have two rendered samples of the same elevation, but with two different illustration styles. The first image is a computer generated […]