Everybody uses IES lights in arch viz renderings but most people use ready made files provided by lighting fixtures manufacturers.
However, if you are in a creative mood, or just can’t help yourself from controlling every little detail of a rendering, you should definitely check out the latest tutorial from Jamie Cardoso.
In this tutorial he talks about how to create your own customized IES files with the help of a small piece of software:
There are certain elements that can either improve or bring down the overall quality of an architectural visualization image. 3D Vegetation is an important factor and has a great impact on the final look of a rendering. In some cases, using cutouts of trees, bushes, etc. can be a quick solution but most of the times using 3d geometry is the way to go.
However, creating 3d vegetation that looks convincing can prove to be quite a challenge. I have compiled a list of 11 tutorials that help in this regard. Some of them require plugins while others use the default instruments available with 3ds max and V-Ray.
It’s been a while since I had the time to REALLY work on a set of renderings because my usual commercial work needs to be done fast (most of the times I have only 3-4 days from start to finish) and I never find the time to go that extra mile.
Therefore, during the last month or so, whenever I had some spare time I worked on the renderings bellow.
For the interior furniture I have used some models from Premium3Dmodels.com and for the exterior light setup I have used one of Peter Guthrie’s hdri (0743).
I look forward to hearing what you think of them (click on the images to view high resolution versions).
Time for another set of inspirational renderings that will either boost your desire to improve your skills or make you consider a change in your career path :). As I said in a previous post, nowadays with the competition in the architectural visualization industry being so steep, a “classic” sunny afternoon rendering may not be enough to make you stand out from the crowd. Many have tried several different approaches, one of them being a rainy, “wet look”. This tends to bring a more dramatic feel to an architectural illustration and in many cases may be a good solution even for commercial work.
With that in mind, I have compiled a set of spectacular “wet/rainy mood” renderings for everyone to learn from. If you decide to give it a try, a good place to start would be the Vray Wet Materials Tutorial I wrote some time ago.