Saturday, December 09, 2006

New Images from Upcoming book

Just wanted to post a couple of images which are up and coming from a book which I am working on with a 3ds max artist in England. Jamie Cardoso is a phenomenial 3D Artist who has used 3ds max and Mental Ray for a long time. His work is so exceptional that Autodesk hired him to contribute his images, and know how, so a book like this could be created.

More Information on the book can be found at:

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Photos from NYC

This summer I visited New York and took a few architectural photos. I thought I'd share them with a few comments.

Ground breaking architecture during my formative years learning architecture at McGill. Phillip Johnson designed it. started a movement called post modernism. Building was originally comissionedand occupied by AT&T.

Chrysler building lobby, unfortunately this is as far as you can go. No access to the upper floors.

Rockfeller Center plaza, great place to chill on a hot summer afternoon. The Rock as it has been labeled has a new vocation as an observation deck. Much less crowded than the Empire state bldg. You can see the empire state building from the Rock's deck....










Bit of a hazy day, but the Empire State Building in all it's glory.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Recent Images

This image was created to work on a landscape in front of a building. The building itself did not get much attention. A bionautics tree was used in the foreground, and mental ray's Arch + Design material for the water. (October 2006)

This TV unit was done for a local furniture manufacturer. the wood was of particular interest to the company. pictures of the actual wood grain were incorporated into the Arch + Design material in mental ray. (September 2006)

This image was created for Autodesk's 3ds max 9 essentials courseware to show an introduction to the new mental ray Implementation in max 9. (August 2006)

Photocomposite image created in 3ds max 8 (Summer 2005)

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Vertical Compound Walls - Revit

Changing Wall Materials Vertically.
I decided to write out the following simple exercise because I found it difficult through much of the documentation to figure out how to create a wall which changed from one material to another vertically. There appears to be 3 different methods of creating walls which change materials vertically.

Example 1: a fairly simple transition where the wall profile and thickness does not change. For example a bathroom wall which has tiles to about 3’6” (1050 mm) then the remainder of the way gypsum board.

1/ Create a new project in Revit using the default.rte imperial or metric template file.

2/ Select the Wall Tool in the Design Bar.

3/ Select the Properties Button on the options bar.

4/ In the Element Properties Type List Select the Interior – 4-7/8” (138mm) partition (1-Hr.) wall.

5/ Click Edit New.

6/ Click Duplicate.

7/ In the Name Dialog Enter, Interior - Bathroom Partition.

8/ Click on the Edit button next to the Structure parameter.

9/ Click on the Preview button in the lower left of the Edit Assembly dialog.

10/ In the view pull down list, Select: Section: Modify type attribute.

11/ Change the Sample Height to 5’-0” (1525mm).

12/ Right Click in the Sample area and Select Zoom to Fit.

13/ Select the first row (#1) of the Layers of the wall.

14/ Click on the Split Region button in the Modify Vertical Structure area.

15/ Click in the section view on the highlighted side of the wall. Approximately 3’-6” (1050mm) from the bottom.

16/ Click on Row number 1 in the Layers area.

17/ Click on the Insert Button.

18/ Change the Function of the new row to Finish 2 [5].

19/ Change the Material to: Finishes – Interior – Tile.

20/ Change the Shading color of the Interior Tile material to blue.

21/ Click the Assign Layers button in the Modify Vertical Structure area.

22/ Click on the lower section of the region you split earlier. The New Tile Material is assigned to this area.

23/ Click Ok until you exit all dialogs.

24/ Draw a Wall Using this new wall structure and view it in a 3D view.

25/ Set the shading mode to Shading with Edges The blue shaded area is the area is the area with the tile finish.