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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.

Venturing into V-Ray for Sketchup 3.4

The release of the new version 3 of V-Ray for Sketchup has taken a bit of effort to incorporate into my workflow. There are many changes in how V-Ray handles materials the net effect of which has made large swathes of my existing models obsolete. On the one hand, the render engine that uses video card rendering has been substantially upgraded, which makes for fast renders. On the other hand, the workflow changes have been most pronounced in this method of rendering. The massing study image above is the first project for which I’ve actually used the latest V-Ray for Sketchup.

The image below is a photo-realistic view of a commercial project that I had rendered previously in a watercolor style.

Conceptual interior renderings of a proposed shared office space in an existing building.

Exterior renderings of a small-footprint development within Lochlyn rendered with Vray for Blender.

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.

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Hello 2014!

Second month into 2014 and I’m finally ready to add a new batch of renders! It’s been a very busy start to the year for me. Most other years, the beginning of the year gives me some time to catch my breath. Not so this year…

Besides my regular projects, I’ve been quite busy with testing updates to Vray for Blender. There are some very exciting developments on the horizon for the program. I’m planning to share some workflow tips once some public releases occur.vb30-nodes

First up is a new set of renders on the health club interior I first started working on back in December. I went through a few rounds of design refinement with the architect, and now the interior renders are much more realistic and exciting.stairs looking back health club loung area health club entry area street facade

I’m working on another apartment building renovation in a historic neighborhood. The existing row house is getting an extensive addition on the back, and so I’m looking at developing a sympathetic palette to integrate the new with the old.

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I also have work at different scales. Below are first some product shots showing product display concepts. I’m also working on some site plan studies, but can’t post on those yet. I have many other exciting projects in development that I hope to be able to post soon!

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Pièce de résistance

The culmination of my work on this Georgetown mansion marketing material is a flythrough animation I prepared over the past few weeks. Special thanks to Jeremy at
RenderSolve who helped to generate the few thousand frames of the animation on their render farm. This was done in Vray for Blender, using the same model that I’ve been working on over the past few months, see additional renderings of the project here and here.