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…

Quick Scandi Look

I've always been reluctant to make a post-production tutorial for a few reasons. First, I never felt I had the competence. My domain is CG, and retouching is a full-time job. I don't know my way around Photoshop or Affinity nearly as well as I do around 3ds Max. Second, it's been a long time since I've done any post-production right into PS or Affinity. These…

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 sources, but the beautifully styled interiors of Swedish real-estate agent Fantastic…

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 no, I'm not affiliated with BRLO in any way. Enjoy (with…

Lost Signal

How I cried over this one... I'd modeled the 1965 Brionvega TS-502 portable radio once before. I was pretty happy with it, but it was done in Nurbs and ended up an unsightly mess of elongated triangles and ngons once tesselated, which made it hard to use as a visualization asset. So I returned to it last week--the hard, poly-modeling, all-quads way. And this is how…

To go

It's done, the QuickMill Espress maker is in the warehouse. The archive contains both a V-Ray and an Octane versions, and they will both open in Max 2013 and higher. Get it here. More info about the model here. All renders here without post-production.      

Free Holes

By the end of World War II, Berlin was a pile of rubble, though you'd be hard pressed to tell these days given the extensive rebuilding work of the past 70 years. Still, if you pay attention, the scars can still be found. Shrapnel impact and bullet holes are everywhere: On bridge piles, bunker walls, and even the odd remaining apartment building. When I first came to Berlin some 15…