Flag Halyard by Hans Wegner

The 1950 Flag Halyard (now produced by PP Møbler) may not be my favourite Hans Wegner chair, but I thought it would be a nice challenge to model. It was an appropriate subject, too, to try my hand at Pixela's hair&fur tutorial. Strangely, I cannot look at this chair without thinking of Star Wars. So I thought I'd place it in a slightly more epic landscape:…

More good news

Just a quick line to say that one of my images of the Ponce House was selected for the Visualization Pro of the Week on CG Architects. I'm very proud of the accolade from this most venerable and highly professional archviz site. Head over here for the post.

Frank Gehry-style titanium scales

I had to come up with a titanium scale material for a recent project, so I thought I'd share a few tips about how I went about creating an entirely texture-based mat versatile enough to be used in a variety of project. The methode is not exactly original and many artists will have used it for other types of materials but it can be applied to…

The news that made my day

Great news this morning as I checked Ronen Bekerman's blog to find that I had won the GH House archviz competition. It's a fantastic feeling (and equally fantastic prizes). As well as congratulating my fellow winners, I'd like to thank Ronen for finding the time to host this terrifically well organised challenge despite his heavy work schedule. Thanks to the sponsors and warm thanks, too, to…

Casa Ponce

I've long had a soft spot for South-American architecture (if that means anything), especially for the work of Chilean architect Mathias Klotz. This series of images show 3d renders of his 2003 Ponce House, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Software used: 3ds Max 2010, VrayScatter, and Vray 1.5 sp4a. I tried to stay faithful to the original but had to take some liberties owing to the lack…

Steelwood chair and table

I just love Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec's furniture. A few weeks ago, I modelled some of their outdoor seatings for Ronen Bekerman's GH House competition. But since then, I've fallen in love with their Steelwood collection, also for Magis. I love the materials (steel and birch, as you'd expect from the name), and the "inside-out" feel of it. It's not exactly a brand new design, as…

On HDR lighting

There have been many lively discussions recently about how best to use HDR images for lighting in 3dsMax and Vray. The latest round came after the release of Peter Guthrie's excellent HDR sky images. Time for me to add my two cents on the subject. One recurring question is how to obtain sharp shadows that match the photos used to create the HDR map. Often times,…

In the style of Waro Kishi

I had to build an animation-ready environment recently in the style of said architect. As usual, this was done in 3dsMax 2010 and Vray 1.5 SP4a I had to cut a looooot of corners in order to keep render times below 10 minutes per frame in HD on a single machine. Having done this, I thought I'd throw in a couple of recent furniture models and…