Sales On!

We're on! As of now--a little earlier than planned--and up to midnight CET on Monday, you can get your hands on a broad selection of my scenes and assets at a 30% discount. As always, I've sought to strike a balance between full scenes and smaller individual models. The focus is on the most recent products, including some, like the Swedish Flat, that have never been…

Coming Soon

Can't believe it's been almost a year since the last BBB3viz Black Friday sales. The old-timers among you know that Black Friday is the one and only BBB3viz Warehouse sales ever--the only chance there is to pick some of my Turbosquid assets at a hefty 30% discount. This year, the sales will kick off on Friday, November 24th at one minute past midnight CET (or just…

Westkaai via FStorm

Recently, I was given the chance to try out FStorm, a GPU-only renderer being developed by Andrey Kozlov. I'd been intrigued by FStorm since seeing the work of Johannes Lindqvist and Daniel Reuterswärd, two of my favorite Archviz artists, who use it as their main renderer. After a few weeks of experimenting, I wanted to report some initial thoughts. FStorm has a decent scene converter for Octane,…

Hooper

Anyone who's spent some time browsing through my posts knows I have a bit of an obsession with modernist architecture. This is another one of these rather futile attempts at re-creating existing modernist masterpieces--this time Marcel Breuer's Hooper House II, a private US commission the exiled German Hungarian architect started in 1957 and completed in 1959 for one of his main patrons. The house in Baltimore, Maryland,…

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Some of you may have been wondering about the long spell of silence on this blog. One reason was some hard back-end work on the site that I'm happy to say is now over. Since 2011, this blog and its previous iterations had been hosted with a large US company (I won't mention any name here) whose performance has sadly gone from bad to worse. I…

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 to make vegetation and developing the high-summer look I was aiming…

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, new ring flash...), better photos (shooting raw and converting to jpg…

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 most prolific sources of the kind of rarefied minimalist design that…