New Office

New Office

I have moved into my new office!

From a high-rise studio apartment in downtown Chicago to my first house about an hour south of the city to a house in upper Minnesota.  The first couple moves were a breeze, because, well, I didn't have much. Boy, did I underestimate this move? Not only was this buying process more time consuming than the first two houses, I had 14 years of family bliss to pack and move. 

The good news is, I am settled into my home office and I have taken some photos.

On a whim, my wife wanted to talk to a realtor about selling our house because simply put, we grew out of it. We met the realtor on a Saturday and the house sold the following Tuesday. Now that we have 30 days to vacate, we went house hunting.  After an exhaustive few weeks, we found the perfect house, made an offer which was excepted and waited for all the finance stuff to pan out. There were a couple weeks between closings that we hunkered down in a hotel, which worked out okay. Up here, in the Summer, everything is booked solid and booked for top dollar. We were blessed and found a newly remodeled hotel that had a two-week vacancy, so needless to say, I booked it.

It has been a very busy month, but God is good and everything went smoothly,  Throughout the move, I literally had no work downtime, which is awesome. Working from the hotel wasn't the ideal setup, but it worked.

If your project was being developed during this process hopefully you didn't even notice the disruption in my workflow. If you did, my apoligize.

Elizabeth Apartment Renderings

Elizabeth Apartment Renderings

I really enjoy creating architectural renderings and I really enjoy that my work helps my clients market their properties.  This series of interior renderings are for an apartment complex called Elizabeth.


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Best Western Rendering

Best Western Rendering

Flashback! In the 90's I was an architectural illustrator for a hotel and motel design/build company. We have come a long way, baby! Here, is a rendering for a Best Western Hotel, which happens to be one of my favorite hotel brands.


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Revit to 3DS MAX Materials to Layer

Revit to 3DS MAX Materials to Layer

What was once a tedious and time consuming task is now easy with this little free script by Olaf Finkbeiner for www.mainworks.de. I simply imported a Revit model, ran the script and voila! If you can't find the 3DS MAX script, let me know and I'll email it to you.


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Console Freedom

Console Freedom

Another break from the norm, here on the Console Freedom renderings. These will be used by my clients marketing department in print and web.


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Crested Butte

Crested Butte

Okay, to tell you the truth, it took me awhile to warm up to the name. I enjoyed both the exterior and interior of this project.  The exterior homes are the same, but each with different colors made for a nice feel. The goal was to create a rustic feel, which hopefully I did. If you have any questions or comments, please let me know with a comment below.


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Wisconsin College Dorm Rendering

Wisconsin College Dorm Rendering

There were some challenges for this college dorm architectural rendering. A small space, with a small window and shooting towards the window; all problematic for us architectural illustrators, or architectural photographers for that matter. Although there were obstacles, hopefully all turned out good. If you have any comments or questions, please comment below.


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3DS MAX Perfect Lighting

3DS MAX Perfect Lighting

Okay, maybe not perfect, but it works for me. I use V-Ray's Sky-Dome with a V-Ray Sun to illuminate my exteriors, and interiors for that matter. Here, is a quick video showing you my workflow.

Several months ago I stumbled across this little script that saves a ton of time and it is called Find and Bind.  Basically, it creates the V-Ray Sky-Dome and V-Ray Sun, places an HDRI in both the V-Ray Sky-Dome and MAX's Environment slot; it also makes the HDRI MAX's view-port background. My example HDRI was purchased at HDRI-Locations, which is where I purchase all my HDRI's. Although the HDRI's are pretty expensive, as far as HDRI's go, they are the best ones I have found.


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3DS MAX Perfect Grass

3DS MAX Perfect Grass

If you are like me I try and try again to find the best workflow for each part of my renderings. Here, is my workflow for my grass. I am calling it 'perfect grass' because I have had many people ask how I am creating my grass, "it is perfect!".

We have come a long way! I remember when grass was one of the biggest giveaways that a rendering wasn't real. I tried everything under the sun and scattering seemed to have been the solution, except, it wasn't perfect. Before scattering it was pasting an image, which tiled badly without hours of post production work. Now, it seems like combining the old with the new is the key to the 'perfect grass', 

In this video I am using PSD-Manager and Forest Pack Pro, however, you can mask using many free plugins and to get the nice grass edge, you can use Photoshop's clone with a grass brush.

Please, if you have any question, just comment on the post and I will reply as soon as I can.


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House Plan Renderings

House Plan Renderings

This was a fun fast track project for a house plan company. Basically, if you don't know, you buy a set of house plans that you can build from, which reminds me of the old Sears catalog of the 40's and 50's (not that I am that old). The company already had a rendering, however, they were not satisfied with it, so they commissioned me to create a rendering for their new marketing campain.


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