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Goodbye 2017!

While 2017 was a tumultuous year politically in #Charlottesville, I was fortunate to work on many rewarding projects and expand my production capabilities. There were some big advances this past year in the software I use, which along with improved hardware, allowed me to deliver some great work. Besides my 3D modeling and rendering, I continued to work on small architectural commissions throughout the year. I enjoy keeping my work varied, and thank all my clients old and new for a successful year. All the best for 2018! Here are a few projects I finished in the last part of this year.

Fall 2016: bridges, living rooms, streetscapes, and flythroughs

This fall has been packed, with great projects all around. The first pair of images shows a proposed stone bridge that would be part of a new entrance road at a historic site. This rendering request came as a direct result of the success of my previous landscape project where I modeled a bridge and dam structure. I used Vray for Blender for this project as well, and I was very pleased with how the stonework came out in the 3D model.

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I also had a few interior rendering projects. It seems most new floorplans are quite open, so there is a lot to show in terms of how the spaces flow from living room to dining room to kitchen and any connected outdoor spaces. I usually take several views to show the dynamic qualities of the spaces.

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I’ve also been working on some larger scale developments. This next project is an exterior design of a multi-family residential complex that is being built in a location that requires city design review. I’ve been involved in generating 3D exterior views throughout the design and the review process. We are hopeful this will be the final iteration and the review process will be complete.

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Last, but certainly not least, I’ve been working on a high-end mixed-use building project that included preparing a high-quality rendered walk-through of the lobby and the residential units. The following are some stills from the project, as well as a link to the marketing page where you can see the video. You can also view the video on my vimeo page.

Before and After

A fair number of my projects involve renovations or alterations to existing structures. One of the most effective ways to demonstrate the proposed change to a building is by taking a photograph of the existing condition of the building and its environment and manipulate the photo or matching the view with a 3D model to show that same view with the new design in place. The following are some of these “before and after” photo montages.

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renderings, 3D models, interiors. Fall 2014

Renders Fall 2014:

Poolside renderings showing the exterior courtyard area with pool, deck, and enclosed yard. Another view from the interior living space.

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Luxury master bathroom shown in a cutaway view. Second view showing interior view of the vanities and shower.

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Quick 3D model to show potential reconfiguration of an existing courtyard space. Photo of existing space and rendering of proposed arrangement.

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3D massing studies. First one shows the massing with proposed materials applied. Worked with project architect to finalize exact material appearance.

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Following are massing studies prepared from 2D plan and elevation drawings.

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Interior marketing renderings showing typical unit and material choices in condo building under construction.

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Site rendering for Elliott Avenue

This is the final iteration of the site development rendering for the former city parcel on Elliott Avenue. You can see an earlier version I did here. Besides that early one, I had also prepared two other versions before this final one, so it’s nice to see this project breaking ground and getting closer to reality. These images will be used for marketing, and for a jobsite sign. Stop by and look!

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For those interested in the rendering aspect of this project, I used SketchUp (SU) and Vray for SketchUp version 2.0 to create the renderings. I made use of the proxy feature to insert hundreds of high-polygon count trees on the site, which would be impossible with native SU. Despite the memory savings there, I still had to break the rendering into a foreground model and a background model as the file was still too large for SU to handle and export to rendering. If you look carefully, you can see some of the 3D models of downtown Charlottesville I added into the rendering. I found they were not the cleanest models or textures, they required some extensive cleanup just to be able to open at all in SU. I was very impressed overall how Vray was able to handle the heavy model I threw at it. It has come a long way since the last version!