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┬áHungarian 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…

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…