Kitchen fodder

I've been fooling around with GrowFX and V-Ray's new denoiser, which is the best thing ever, and came up with these handy planted herbs for your kitchen viz needs. These can sustain some serious close-up scrutiny, thanks to large textures and instanced leaf geo. You can find them in The Warehouse here and here.

Of the people

Here's another project that I'm just going to call finished even though it isn't. This is my interpretation of the Volksbühne, a theatre and yet another Berlin landmark. Although the architecture has a definite authoritarian feel, the building was actually built in 1913-14 to host cheap theater plays for the working masses. It was extensively redesigned after the War following its partial destruction and retains its popular,…

Baked assets

Damn the healthy diet. This is the high-carb, high-fat, high-sugar pendant to the previous post. Like the vegetable, these assets were scanned using Agisoft Photoscan. I used a turntable for all of these, a Sony A7 full frame camera with a prime 50mm lens, and four photographic soft boxes that give me absolutely flat lighting and virtually no shadows. I also use a tent to get…

Raw renders

I've been having lots of fun with photogrammetry lately, scanning various objects and experimenting with ways to make the super-heavy scan data light enough to manage in an archviz context. I've used decimation as well as retopology and projection, which yields cleaner meshes but is a lot more work, and I haven't settled on a workflow yet. I've also been putting some work into using the…

From the machine (mild nudity)

Originally, I was going to model several different locations from Alex Garland's haunting movie "Ex-Machina" and render an animation (in the vein of Dannie's Dream). As it happened, I got distracted, lost interest, and the one set I modeled--the underground residential quarters in Nathan's house--was so tough to render because of the many light sources and translucent glass that I gave up on the video. What remains…

A New Year

A great 2016 to all. Many happy renders. New Year, New Hope from BBB3viz on Vimeo.

Being there

Remember my series of images of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France? Well, the good folks at Chaosgroup Laboratories have taken the scene and given it the VR treatment. If you have a Gear, an Occulus or even any phone with Google Cardboard, you can enjoy a few different renders of the BNF in full 3D, 360-degree glory. Although I worked on the scene for so long, I…

Waiting…

Just a doodle as we wait. It's only been 30 years... 3ds Max, V-Ray, ArionFX, Magic Bullet Photolooks. (On a different note: If you thought there was something weird last week with the blog, you're not wrong. A bungled Wordpress update destroyed my database. I had to restore to an earlier one, recover lost posts from cached versions of the site, and reboot the whole thing.…