House On Stilts

May 2012: Hotel Studies


A few schemes for the facade of a small boutique hotel I did way back May.

I mainly used Photoshop CS5 for the manipulation of architectural elements resulting to a more artistic than realistic rendition.

It was a renovation of an existing hotel. I was instructed to retain the blue glass wall and to just play around with cladding for easy installation/construction.

Base Modeling and Rendering: SketchUp and Vray

Post Processing: Photoshop CS5


Things I do in Photoshop

I have a confession: I am a certified Photoshop-er. Oh wait, you know that already?

I started learning the art back in 2011. I began with simple adjustments of levels, curves and brightness, with dodging and with burning, with clone stamping. I was then forced to learn more when I was doing my architectural rendering for my thesis in 2012. With the help of Alex Hogrefe’s tutorials, I have improved. Today I use Photoshop for a living (well, not entirely) and sometimes just when I’m bored. For example:

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VRAY for SKETCHUP: Before. In-between. After.

Show of hands, are Architecture students reading me today? Hmmmm, I can sense some. Okay then, let’s proceed!

I’m sure most of you know Google SketchUp, unless you use more sophisticated software such as Revit or 3ds Max. I personally don’t know how to use Revit and my 3ds Max skills are getting rusty (although I am planning to rekindle soon!) so right now, SketchUp is my way to go. It’s just simpler and easier although a bit limiting for me.

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Vray for SketchUp, Finally!

I now know how to do a decent rendering using Vray for Sketchup! 

I know what some of you are thinking: “Just now?”, but well, I never really understood Vray and its.. complications until an office mate helped me decipher each and every tab and button. Surprisingly, I now think it’s pretty straightforward. I shall explore on it more, read tutorials and Vray blogs here and there. Hello photo-realistic renderings soon! MUST. PRACTICE.

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