The Fabric of Reality

Christmas came early this year in the shape of a small truckload of high-end furnishing fabric samples and swatches, ranging from 2mx2m to 20cmx20cm. So of course, I’ve been busy scanning away and will be doing so for some time to come. I’ve been using Dabarti Capture to generate hyper-detailed normal maps (no displacement map … Continued

Classical

Continuing my exploration of GPU rendering, I wanted to celebrate my modest workstation upgrade (from a one-card to a slightly less slow two-card system) with the release of a new scene, this time an interior, which is always a little more challenging in terms of render speed and optimization. You can find the scene in … Continued

Luxembourg’s Garden

A few weeks ago, I started modeling Fermob’s Luxembourg line of outdoor furniture–itself a sensitive revamping of the original furniture of the Senate’s gardens in Paris. I wanted to showcase them in an outdoor setting, and that little project kind of took on a life of its own. I had fun experimenting with various techniques … Continued

A BETTER SCAN

I’ve been trying to raise my photogrammetry game in the past few weeks. This is what came out of it. I decided to tackle some problem areas: Very dark (avocado), shiny (avocado, pomegranate), or very smooth (mango) assets, and objects with fine displacement that I’d been struggling to capture (melon). What helped: Better lighting (cross-polarized, … Continued

not just another coffee machine

I know. I have a bit of a coffee obsession. Three coffee machine modeled in just a few months. But honestly, vintage bean juicers are a thing of beauty. This one is the KF20 Aromaster, designed in 1972 by Florian Seiffert for Braun, which back then was still a German company and one of the … Continued

Emma’s Place (V-Ray)

Meet Emma’s Place, a not-too-subtle homage to Swedish blogger extraordinaire Emma Fexeus. This one was long in the making. The goal was to replicate not just a typical Scandinavian interior, but also the way these are often photographed. I’ll get back to that last point in a moment. The inspiration came from a variety of … Continued

Big Beer

This has been lying on my hard drive for some time, so here it is. No particular point to this other that Spring is my personal beer time and this might just be, if not the best beer in the world, probably the best beer in Berlin. All done in 3ds Max and V-Ray. And … Continued