Small apartment interior with E-Cycles (Profile)

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Today we have a Small apartment interior from artist
Andri Iskandar
, which uses E-Cycles to render a compact size apartment. The project features a clean and modern look design for a small-sized apartment in Jakarta, Indonesia.


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What is unique about this project? One of the challenges in such a project is the narrow spaces to place a camera in architectural visualization. An artist will have to use settings to emulate a wide lens camera to frame some key parts of each scene. Based on the images in this project, you can see that Andri Iskandar did a great job with camera handling in such compact spaces. Not to mention the beautiful renders.


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Let me thank Andri Iskandar for sharing the details about the project with Blender 3D Architect readers.


Was it a commercial project? What can you tell us about the motivation for this project?

It was a commercial design project belong to a friend of mine, Klara Teresya. She is a very talented designer. When she shared the project images on Facebook, I called her if I can do my own version of the render of this project, and she agreed.

The main reason to do this is that I liked the design. She managed to create a very good interior in a compact space, and I wanted to have it in my rendering portfolio.


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Did you use any references for modeling, like technical drawings?

No technical drawing references supplied, only a SketchUp model and some renderings done by the designer, also small brief about the project.


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Did you model everything in the project, including furniture and props?

After I got the SketchUp file, I remodeled almost everything in Blender, including the furniture & props. I replaced some of them with my assets.


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What can you tell us about the interior design (Layouts, materials, and props)? Did you have to create it yourself?

I replaced the materials with better quality textures, mostly from Poliigon and CC0textures. I kept the layout as it was, then I replaced some of the furniture and added some extra features like a wooden wall next to the entrance door. I created some of the assets. The rest were from Blender Market (3d shaker) and 3DSky.


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How long did it take from start to finish?

The whole process took three days from remodeling to final render. The remodeling process was very fast, only a couple of hours. I spent most of the time to get the materials and lighting that I wanted.


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What hardware did you use to render? Can you share some render times?

I used an i7 5820K, 32 Gb ram, GTX 1060 6Gb & GTX 1080 for this project. Render time was about 30–45 minutes each, 4000 x 3000 pixels, 1000 samples rendered in E-cycles.


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Can you share any details about the lighting process?

The lighting was very simple. At first, I was planning to use HDRI, but for a small space like this, I thought that would be too much. So I used emission for the environment with 6000K blackbody (settings). I also used emission materials for indoor lights.


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Did you use any Add-ons or external tools to create the project?

I used SketchUp Importer, Photographer (settings), Poliigon Material Converter, Chocofur Asset Manager, and Asset Management. I always use those add-ons for all my projects to speed up my workflow.


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Thanks again to Andri Iskandar for sharing details about his work. You can find more about his projects by visiting his online portfolio at either ArtStation or Behance.

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