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Guru Christmas competition

I am working on a scene for the new competition from the BlenerGuru for Christmas. My theme will be ‘Travel during Christmas’ or more like what it is like when you are traveling for work during the Christmas holiday. I have the room walls, floor and ceiling modeled and have selected from textures form for the walls and floors of the kitchen and bathroom. Heading to therapy now but will get to work today as soon as I get back.


I did finished up this module rather quickly because the modeling was not that complicated and I think, in a few days I will be adjusting the other buildings within the city and create a new main Skyscraper for this scene. I have found some cool reference images on a new website I found “”. This site has reference images from all over the world and has given me ideas for a better focus for this image. Plus, I made a mistake on the framing of the model, location of the camera in relation to the main building etc.. Other than those, for a quick and dirty I think it didn’t turn out half bad. Could have been better? Yes, a bunch and the main building has a lot to do with that.


Soon to Come

Here is the latest rendition. I finished up the column cap last night but was not happy with it and went to bed early as usual. While I was trying to get to sleep I kept thinking about different ways to model the ‘leaves’ or whatever is supposed to be placed there. I Googled for a Corinthian column but found only Corinthian Architecture but nothing that resembled what was done for the Module. However I liked what was done very much and wanted to do a better job. I ended up crawling out of bed at 12:30am to give it another shot with a different technique I had been thinking about. I started the ‘leaves’ as was shown in the Module using a plane and extruding here and there to get the basic shape. I then added additional geometry with loop cuts and then used the same principle we used on the balcony railing by snapping the leaf geometry to curved section of the column cap.  A solidify modifier came next along with the rotation of parts of the geometry to arrive at a shape I was happy with. I then applied all modifiers, duplicated it then scaled it down, rotating by 45deg, added a mirror modifier and applied it. Then I joined everything together, placed the origin at the location of the cap center, added an empty, array modifier with 3 instances spaced by, again 45deg to get all placed into position. Even with all that explanation it was actually quick and simple using a lot of the little (new to me) techniques I have learned throughout these modules.

European_Arch_11.blendSoon to come, the final model and render

Middle of the week surprise

I decided to pop in here during the middle of the week to show the final composite of the Kitchen module. Notice I said final composite not final render. I had to render again because I wanted to the the glass correct on the cabinets and along with the correct material ID mask set (rather than cheat like I did in the last one). Notice the glass on the right hand side look like mirrors and until I get the normals facing the correct direction that is way it was. I cheated on the last one by removing the glass completely. The final render and composite will come tomorrow when the final render is complete and I can just insert the .exr into the composite.

Along with this is a shot of the start of the European Architecture this one may take me longer than normal. This one almost requires perfection and I am a perfectionist.

Kitchen_Composite_01Kitchen – Notice the mirror glass on the right hand side.


Kitchen Module

Final Kitchen Render from the Architecture Academy. This turned out to be a relatively easy module. I tried to keep with the texturing and layout but changed the modeling is minor ways. The crown molding was accomplished by creating an outline of the trim piece using a ‘curve’ circle setting the type to vector and creating the profile and using the control points to create the curved area. I then created a path using a ‘curve’ circle setting the type to vector and with subdividing I snapped the points to each vertex around the periphery of the room. I then added the trim profile I created earlier as a bevel object and wallah I had trim around the kitchen. I modified to sink to match a typical drop in sink and changed the window in front of the sink to more closely match most other kitchen window designs I have seen. The windows that are out of the view of the camera I changed to 3 x 3 pane windows to try and give more variation to the shadows. This final render is in work at the present time because I was having troubles with the glass material showing up as a mirror. I have been sick all weekend and am going to take some vitamins and go to bed right now and hopefully be better tomorrow. Here is close the final render. I’ll finish with a composite render tomorrow morning.


Coming along

Figuring out the IES lighting has been easy going online and reading others small problems solved all of mine no problem. Time is the problem now because I get to playing around with the different lights and with so much variation I should just pick a couple and play with the rest later. The image below is not the latest render, that is happening right now but I want to go to bed.


I know the lights upstairs are blown out but I promise the next one is much better. That is the plus side of playing around with the settings and using an experimental approach to understand what needs to be done. (I may get up and post the latest render when it finishes)

Edit: Told you I may get up and post the latest render :0


I love how the lighting turned out under the overhang, above the outdoor seating area.