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Fall 2018

It’s time to foray into some new software again. I’ve heard lots of good things about Enscape 3D rendering, and finally decided to give it a try. I’m finding it a joy to use, and for visualizing designs, especially interiors, it does a splendid job. It’s one more tool I can add to my repertory, alongside Blender and V-Ray. The following kitchen interior renovation was modeled in Sketchup and I used Enscape to provide quick, and interactive views of the design.

I also have some new renderings I’m happy to highlight here. Included are an interior rendering for new construction, a chapel exterior, and a urban landscape design proposal.

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.

May 2014 updates

Here are some of my latest images from the past month. I’ve had the opportunity to work on some more contemporary interiors again, continuing on the modern themes from my last entry. The following project is a 2 story flat in an urban historic warehouse district, so the architecture reflects a more industrial feel. It also has lots of windows, so I wanted to show the feel of the natural light that would be flooding the apartment unit.

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The next two images are watercolor style renderings, one a lobby renovation of an institutional building, and the other is a marketing image for a country club expansion and renovation.

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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!