The Rambler Interior Rendering

The Rambler Interior Rendering

Working back and forth with the builder, with a couple of iterations, here are the Rambler interior renderings. Starting with CAD files, I build a gray-scale model, which shows the basic geometry and initial composition. Once the gray-scales are approved, I start adding colors and materials, sending low-resolution proofs along the way. Dialing into everything each iteration brings us to this final high-resolution architectural rendering of the Rambler.


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Perfect 3DS MAX Roof

Perfect 3DS MAX Roof

Recently, I was asked about how I build my 3DS MAX roofs. Since I have been asked several times before I thought I would record how I build them.

The secret is told. I learned this from deconstructing the roofs created by a script I found over at DigitalxModels.com, however, the script stopped working a long time ago, so I can't use it anymore. Since the script is broken in later MAX versions, I dug into one I already built, using the script, and found that it was rather simple. I couldn't figure out how it was mapping things so well until I discovered 3DS MAX's map scaler, which was the missing piece to the 3D Displacement roof script.

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One South Interior Rendering

One South Interior Rendering

The longest single project on record! 

My first contact left the company early in the project, which happens, however, her replacement also left soon after. Now, months later, I am working with yet another person and each person had their own vision for the project.  Once I thought things were dialed down I find out the image will be reviewed by the decision maker. After a few dozen revisions (only contracted for two sets of revisions), the decision maker leaves 16 comments.

Anyway, the project is done, at least as far as I know.  It was a lot of work for such a small space. Every piece was hand modeled from photo references and it came down to nudging things inches to where the client was pleased. Literally, I signed in April and now, in August we are wrapping things up.


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Benson Street House Rendering

Benson Street House Rendering

These smaller houses are a pleasure to illustrate. Here, the owner had an idea what colors he wanted for his new construction, but he wanted to see it first.  To me, and I do have a bias, the dollar amount invested in a rendering is well justified to study not only design but color. Apparently, I nailed the siding, trim and window colors the first round. We added a few windows and played with shutter colors.


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1650 Comm Ave. Renderings

1650 Comm Ave. Renderings

Here are the architectural renderings for 1650 Comm Ave. project. The project is currently under construction and these images will be used for pre-sale and marketing.

Typically, and per my contract, all custom furniture modeling is quoted separately. However, there were some miscommunications between the party I entered into the contract with and the design team, so I went ahead and modeled each of the assets used in the scene.

For almost all my work I am the creative lead. This architectural rendering, however, I was just following directions.  Without having much say in things and not working with the party I entered into the contract with, things took a long time and personally, not the feel I would go for.  Sometimes you have to remember that your client has to be happy more than you do, but I do try to make each of my renderings a portfolio piece, so I take it personally.

Anyway, any comments on this project would be appreciated. HEck, maybe I have been looking at in for far to long and it might have turned out better than these eyes are seeing.


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81 Montford Architectural Rendering

81 Montford Architectural Rendering

Over the past several years I have seen a shift in my client based. For a couple decades, my clients were architects and developers, but now it is realtors and home owners. Since the advent of software like Revit Architecture, architects are doing a lot of their illustrations in-house. Sadly, most of the digital illustrations you see coming out of the architect's office are of poor quality. Not because of the lack of artistic skill, but rather the lack of time and dedication to learning the software.  Have you ever seen those celebrities before makeup and after makeup photos? Well, if you would see the before rendering of this project, you would be just as startled. It takes many, many hours to bring a digital model, let's say out of Revit Architecure, to a finished rendering like the 81 Montford rendering you see below.

Over the last couple years, my client base has shifted to realtors, who need to market their property prior to construction and the architect's renderings are not meeting the needs of the realtor, which is to show the structure in its best light; something the viewer will fall in love with.

Here, is a rendering for 81 Montford, which will be used to sell the house prior to the properties construction is complete.


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Elizabeth Apartment Unit E

Elizabeth Apartment Unit E

Several months ago I was approached by a lovely lady who was apprehensive in hiring an illustrator to illustrate her apartment spaces.  She searched the web for along time, loved my work, so she took the initiative to reach out to me for her interior architectural rendering. I can understand the apprehension of ordering a service online; who knows what you'll get? I remember about 10 years ago I ordered a logo online. The website had some very nice logos, so I dropped my deposit, wrote out my brief, and patiently waited. About two weeks later I got a god awful clip art that sincerely, could have been done by my 6-year-old daughter.  Now, this was a $100 proposition, so I wasn't out much, however, I haven't ordered a service online since. The $100 wasn't a waste, it was a learning moment and I am now sympathetic when it comes to peoples online fears.  

WOW. Beautiful. Thanks, Bobby
— Client

This, the Elizabeth Apartment Unit E rendering is the second unit I have illustrated; she loved the first and she loves this one just as much.

To tell you the truth, over the years interiors have been a challenge for me. The end deliverables have always been received good, however, they were hard to pull off and very time-consuming. Like anything, practice makes perfect. I have done hundreds of interiors over the years and they are now becoming easier and a joy to do.


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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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