Chair teasing

Just a quick glimpse of one in a series of new assets currently in the making. Trying to perfect the shaders here. I might post some tips on those a little further down the road. Can you guess the model and designer?


PG Skies Direct

When it comes to lighting an interior or exterior scene, the sky’s always the limit. But if you’ve been in this business for some time, chances are you already know the secret to subtle, atmospheric lighting. Archviz legend Peter Guthrie was the first artist to offer very high-resolution, high-dynamic-range sky panoramas to light your scene. These skies …



Now that came out of the blue – and what a nice surprise! When the Ronenbekerman newsletter landed in my inbox the other day and I quickly opened it as I usually do, I was surprised and delighted to see that Maison de Verre had been picked as the best visualization of 2013. I can just say …


Grazie Venezia!

  Sadly, sadly, SOA Day #4 is now over. And despite a good night’s sleep, it’s hard not to feel dizzy after learning so much and meeting so many talented and enthusiastic people, both new and well-known, including a fair few long-time online friends. Kudos and much thanks to Roberto, Gianpiero, Manuela and the entire …


The Baron in the Warehouse

  A quick heads-up: The Baron Haussmann apartment has finally reached the Warehouse. This is the original 3ds Max V-Ray scene used for this series of images. Most of the furniture has gone, but the two fireplaces and the modern kitchen are included. To avoid any confusion, the image above as well as the other …


Exclusive crumbs

If you happen to be a Lufthansa frequent flyer, you should have received this in the post last week. In addition to a nice and beautifully illustrated piece on Peter Zumthor, this month’s issue of ‘Exclusive’, the airline’s magazine for card members, features an insightful story by Christian Tröster on the state of the rendering …


SOA Academy Day

This place has been pretty quiet lately and my response rate to questions posted here or via email has been even more dismal than usual. One reason was a broken coolant pump in my Z820, which has now been fixed. Another is that I’ve been keeping my head down while preparing for this year’s State …