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…

ON THE BEACH

After a lot of interior work and furniture modeling, I've been wanting to do an exterior for some time. A few weeks ago, I chanced upon the nice VillaCD by Belgian architects OOA and decided to use it as a source of inspiration. This was also an excuse to try my 3D-scanned ground textures and a few pine trees I'd done in GrowFX. On the image above, you…

SALES EXTENDED!

After opening this year's Black Friday BBB3viz sales (my only sales of the year), I've had a couple of requests to extend it until the end of the month. Hence the sales will not end on Monday at midnight, as originally announced, but run through this weekend, ending on Sunday, Dec. 4th, at midnight (central European time). Here are the links to the discounted assets again:…