Five steps into the snow

Some of you may have seen the Bauhaus Dessau series of renders I posted on my Flickr pages and across a handful of blogs a few weeks ago. The winter image in particular elicited a few requests for an explanation about the techniques used for the snow. I've now put together a small series of tips about CG snowy scenes, which Ronen Bekerman has just published…

Hans Wegner forever

Assiduous readers of these pages know of my unhealthy obsession with Hans Wegner, father of the wishbone chair and other memorable icons of Scandinavian furniture design. I had to model the China chair and bench (the PP Møbler ones) recently and decided to add a few more models on top. Check the link below for the full series. Make sure you also check the CH_07 lounge…

Shag carpet using Forest Pack

First of all, let me relinquish any credit for this tip. The idea for this post was sparked by another BB, the famous Benjamin Brosdau, in a forum discussion on how to achieve the best-looking shag carpet (I've long been baffled by the realism of Ben's carpets). Ben suggested creating small fibre elements and scattering them on a high-res mesh using R&D Group's MultiScatter - essentially…

Tribeca day

What a day! It began with the news that the latest issue of 3D Creative, this august compendium of CG goodness, had just appeared with a front-lit kitchen image from my Tribeca Loft series (see below) featured in its gallery section. Ok, it isn't a two-page spread, but still, this is pretty nice (click here for a free sample of the gallery section). Then, a little…

Wassily chair

I've been (re)visiting the Bauhaus era for a project I'm working on at the moment and was in urgent need of a highly detailed Wassily chair. There are many versions of this chair around on model marketplaces but, strangely enough, none with the kind of detail I was after. So I took a day during my break last month and did one I could live with.…

RailClone LITE for buildings

I was alerted last week to the existence of RailClone, a new 3ds Max plugin for parametric modeling by ItooSoft (the makers of the excellent ForestPack) by a new challenge on Ronen Bekerman's blog . I decided to have a look at it and, more specifically, to see whether the free version of the plugin, RailClone LITE, could be used to model entire facade elements. I…

Hover’s over

I assume everyone with a faible for Archviz knows this already, but just in case, Ronen Bekerman's Hover challenge is now officially over, with a stunning list of winning images. Special congrats go to Grand Prize winner Benjamin Brosdau, a Vray and Maxwell meister and esteemed member of the Pure crew. Head over here to see the winning entries by some of the most talented artists…

Chair attack

I confess to neglecting my blogging duties of late. But I haven't been entirely idle, as evidenced by this small series of chairs, all of which have now landed in the warehouse. These include the wonderfully James-Bondesque 1964 Karuselli chair (below) by Yrjö Kukkapuro for Avarte; Jerszy Seymour's 2004 Easy Chair (Magis); Chair One (in different flavours) by Konstantin Grcic, also for Magis; Hans Wegner's PP512…