Architectural Renderings is part science, part art. On the technical side, you need to understand software (most renderings stop here) Then there’s the creative side, of which composition forms a large part. Here, there are no absolutes, and the discussion is much more subjective.

That’s why the answer to the question of what makes a good architectural rendering? varies widely depending on who you ask. However, there are principles (not rules) you can follow that will greatly help you improve your architectural rendering. There are two questions to ask yourself whenever you create an architectural rendering. They are:

  1. ‘How do I make this rendering more interesting?’
  2. ‘What am I trying to communicate?’

When someone asks how to improve the composition of an architectural rendering, what they are really asking is how can they make it more interesting or dramatic to look at, and how can they communicate the mood of the scene, or the moment they wanted to capture, more effectively? The answers to these questions help determine how the architectural rendering should be composed.

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