Book Review: Blender 2.49 Scripting

One of the things that I keep saying to all my students is that if they want to work with big and complex projects in Blender, they must learn how to work with Python to create custom tools and scripts to accelerate the creation process. This is a rule for all kinds of environment scenarios, […]

Modeling for architecture: Modeling a chain link fence

In architectural visualization we can find lots of objects that can be represented with the use of simple patterns like the floor tiles. For this type of 3d object we can use the Array modifier to create large surfaces based on a single and simple 3d pattern. The only thing we have to do before […]

Indigo Renderer using GPU to speed up rendering

The demand for better and faster renderings is always growing, and to speed up the render of any type of project we can always turn to GPU based renderings. Today we have a lot of options to use GPU based technology to create renderings almost in real-time, depending on how powerful your video card is, […]

Tips to create better renderings with YafaRay

As an architectural visualization artist and also a teacher, I know how important the workflow required to achieve realistic images can be for architects. Every time I have the opportunity to talk with other architects, they always ask me for templates or presets to speed up the creation of good renderings in Blender. That is […]

Modeling a pillow for interior design with Blender

Last week I was trying to demonstrate a way to create a simple pillow in Blender, using a mix of poly modeling and the sculpt tools. The objective was to use the pillow to apply a ramp material, and make a velvet material. Objects with highly fabric surfaces like a pillow, demands that the artist […]

Free plugin to create grass in SketchUp for architecture

The creation of any king of environment for architectural visualization represents a big challenge to the artist, when the surface is all covered with shiny and green grass. A few years ago it would be a big problem to represent grass on 3d softwares without expansive plugins, or a clever solution during the post production. […]

Free eBook on planning and designing paper models in Blender

The object of architectural visualization is to show a project or idea in a way that anyone could understand, mostly by using a 2d media. At the end of project we will have something like an illustration of a project. But, with all technology available today, a few clients still want a physical model along […]