House in the Alps using Cycles
As a way to develop your skills in architectural visualization, you should always try to work on personal projects. They will give you time to get the best possible results for a render.
Usually, in a commercial project, you will have a deadline where you will have to “abandon” the project for delivery, but in a personal project, you can set your pace.
Some of those projects could even become a great piece of artwork for architecture, like the House visualization from digital artist Radek. He started the process as a personal project based on a photo, which shows a great balance of materials and composition.
The project only has one render, which you should visit the link above to get a higher-resolution version of this render.
As a bonus, you will find a description of the lighting process for the scene. The artist uses a common technique for the lights, which is a combination of an HDR map and a Sun. He gives a full description of settings and values for the color management for Exposure and Gamma.
He is using Cycles for the project.
Using Blender for architecture
Do you want to use Blender for architecture or render your projects using Cycles or Eevee? We have three books available that could help you!
They cover the use of Blender for producing architectural content and also all information you need to render projects in real-time:
- Blender 2.9 for architecture: Modeling and rendering with Eevee and Cycles
- Blender 2.8 parametric modeling: Drivers, Custom Properties, and Shape Keys for 3D modeling
- Blender 3.0: The beginner's guide
- Blender Eevee: The guide to real-time rendering with Blender 2.8
You can get them in both digital and paperback formats. By ordering those books, you will not only improve your skills with Blender for architecture but also support Blender 3D Architect.