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Full render (render 2)

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Ok so here is my second render of the shopping centre. In the first render I only rendered key parts of the design but here ive rendered everything, aswell as changed a few things from the first render to improve the whole outcome. I think this has been pretty successful, however I think the overall image is slightly hindered by the fact that its a big white space, so many of the walls had to be rendered in a light grey and highlighted. Overall however I think both renders have been successful, and have helped me learn a lot more about photoshop and its finer details.

I may or may not do some more of these as Im away from Thursday till Monday and then ill be busy busy with my placement 🙂

shopping centre render full

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June 8, 2009 at 9:49 am

Photoshop rendering and pen drawing

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So I thought that I should put my drawing pens back to use and practice some perspective drawing and rendering as I haven’t done anything like that since my competition entry in October.  So I came up with a brief off the top of my head which was to create a more natural shopping centre experience.. so here is the original pen drawing.. I was going for a stylised roughness to some of the more organic shapes in it like the chairs and tables, which I think works quite well

shopping centre uncoloured

Now im experimenting with different ways of rendering it, and here is my first one

shopping centre render 1

There will be more to follow as I want to use different rendering techniques on the same drawing to compare them, I have found several rendering techniques I like, both hand drawn and done in photoshop, here are some of my favourites. Most of these examples are taken from final years on my course who are exhibiting their work at Nottingham Trent University and at free range.

rendering types

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June 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Autocad 09 brush up

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I haven’t used Autocad  since my last placement which ended in October 08, I have also never used Autocad 09 which if had a completly different looking interface.  It also took my  pretty much a whole day to change the setting to get it how i am used to working with it. Considering that during my placement it was already set up when i started there, it took me ages to chnage the snap variants and the crosshair size and things like that.  So after a day wasted trying to sort all that out, I again made something totally from out of my head, (I’m going on holiday next week so maybe that is where it came from,) but i also used this excercise to download some good symbols and to get their scale right for future work. Having said that considering that it was a pretty much off the top of the head job, because i didnt want to waste time coming up with a whole scheme with precise measurements, once it was printed i did realise some of it was a little out of scale, so bearing that in mind here is my  drawing.

house and garden 1_Layout1

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May 5, 2009 at 11:20 am

Google sketch up practice

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Ok,  so it’s been a while since I used google sketchup so I decided to have a quick practice. This is what I’ve made, completely fictional but i think its OK, defiantly not a finished article but its a start.

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Its meant to be a contemporary addition to a sculpture gallery, hence the sculptures, but i thought it would be good to add it to a real bulding using google earth or street view, to give it a context, but I fell at the hurdle on that one, and couldnt find anything on the net to help. I know you can add it onto real google earth, but its not a real building so it wouldnt be allowed. I also think it would be really useful for me to use in my fianl year, as my project is linked with my dissertation so it will involve adding an extensionto something. So if any one can impart some wisdom id be very grateful.

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April 30, 2009 at 12:54 pm

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Some sketches of Nottingham

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Taking advantage of a nice day i decided to go out and do some sketching of Nottingham.. here are a few.

University of Nottingham Jubilee library

University of Nottingham Jubilee library

icon The ropewalk, Marsh grochowski

icon The ropewalk, Marsh grochowski

More to follow 🙂

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April 3, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Freelance Work

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OK, so I haven’t had much chance recently to update this as I’ve had to resort to temporary work to keep the pennies coming in. However I was approached by a local business man to do some work for him for a personal project.  So anyway he asked me to do some photo montages for a personal project he was doing to release some equity for the business. He has a piece of land which is about 3/4 of an acre which has one house on it. He split up the land and built a house for himself on one half and wants to see the half with the cottage and gardens. To do this he wanted to create a driveway and a carport similar to the ones he’s built for his own house. I created the photo montages for the council planning approval, considering the plot is in a conservation area and green belt land.. the planners wanted him to change a few other things as well such as walls built in the 50’s that were not in keeping with the house or the site. So anyway I only had a few days to do them so they’re not pristine but I still think they’re pretty good considering I have never done photo montaging using Photoshop before

existing side elevation

existing side elevation

Existing front elevation

Existing front elevation

proposed side elevation

proposed side elevation

Proposed front elevation

Proposed front elevation

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March 25, 2009 at 11:51 am

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Improving My Model Making Skills -Model 1

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Ok so I have never been the best in my year at model making, so ive decided in my time between placement to try and improve my skills. My first model is based on a random idea I had lying in bed about what to model. My models for past University projects have not been up to par due to the fact that all my designs were hard to model! They were either made from very irregular curved shapes or were dependant of specific materials as part of the design, which therefore had to be reflected in my models, I was definatly making life hard for myself. However when making this model i wanted to create an installation style piece that would only be truely appreciated in 3D, hense the model.  So here we are, my first attempt at modelling since May 08, i’m actually quite proud of it.

First here are some sketches of the initial idea, very rough and very much a brain to paper excercise:

model-sketch-1

sketch-2

As you can see the idea is not represented well in a 2D situation, which is a perfect excuse to make a model. I used white mount board for the model, as I had some lying around and also wanting to try and create crisp model, like so many of my class mates i’ve seen and envied. Its not 100% perfect as yet, and I havent bogged myself down with scale as yet, as this was just a re-introduction excercise.

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February 19, 2009 at 1:04 pm

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