Still Life with Honey

A few weeks ago, I was getting lost in the still-life, food-styling and Scandi corners of Pinterest and decided I would try to emulate the look of one of these dark, moody still lives (check out Kate S Jordan to get the rough idea). I started with something quite minimalistic and, as too often, got a little carried away in the details. This ended up being…

Exposé 12

If you're in this business, you already know about Ballistic Publishing's Exposé series, the luxurious coffee table books that showcase the latest and greatest in digital art. Turns out two of my images have been selected to appear in Exposé 12 and nominated for an award, both in the still-life category. They are part of 367 images by 270 artists that will make it into the…

To Rent or not To Rent

Today, I got an email from the company announcing massive price rises for the renewal of 3ds Max permanent license maintenance plans and steep discounts if I agreed to move to subscription (also known as the rental model). This sparked a bit of a discussion on the Autodesk forum. I wrote a comment there, which I'm now publishing below as food for thoughts for anyone who's…

Danish-Italian love affair

Some double practice here, modeling Jørgen Kastholm's PK6270 Easy Chair and a generic Venetian mirror, something I had long wanted to do and put off forever. The scene was quickly thrown together to showcase the two models. I used Octane for rendering this time as I was looking for a very quick feedback and the scene is very simple. You can find both models here and here.…

Oscar

I finally got around to modeling this wonderfully elegant chair by Sergio Rodrigues. Instead of using a texture as in other assets, I decided to model the caning, and I'm glad I did as it really adds a new level of realism. The model can be found here (for V-Ray and Octane and Max 2013+). The renders here were done in Octane, which is great for…

Best Visualization of the Year

You may remember my Yale Center for British Art series, done with 3ds Max and Corona. Well, it's just been picked by Ronenbekerman as the best visualization of 2016! Knowing how many great artists post their work on Ronen's site, this is certainly a fantastic feeling, and an encouragement to keep doing this. Thanks Ronen!

Of the Future

This may look like a set from Star Trek, but it is actually inspired by an existing building in Berlin (the city's chamber of commerce), though with considerable liberties taken. As a footnote, for film and art buffs, the original building was actually used recently as a film set for Manifesto, an hypnotic video installation by artist Julian Rosefeldt, featuring Cate Blanchett. This was meant as a RailClone…

At the museum

Image courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro About a year ago, I was approached by architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro about my renders of Pierre Chareau's Maison de Verre in Paris. The firm had been commissioned by the Jewish Museum in New York to design an exhibition about the late French architect and was wondering whether my model could be incorporated into a virtual reality…