Architectural Rendering, Illustration and Life Inside a Computer Animation
Architectural rendering has been around for a while now and it is becoming more of a mainstay in architectural drawings and construction planning, especially on the design and presentation end.
I often have people ask just what is architectural rendering. Although most people today have seen some renderings somewhere, the real meat and potatoes of rendering has not filtered through to the general society yet.
Architectural rendering and the term architectural illustration, more or less interchangeable, refers to the art of creating two-dimensional images or animations that plainly portray the qualities and design elements of any architectural design.
There are many parts of architectural rendering. The following are key to any architectural visualization effort.
First, we have still image 3D renders. 3D models that are photo realistic are created from client supplied sketches, drawing or CAD files. The scene is incorporated with landscaping, rocks, trees, grass people etc., and is very realistic. Multiple views are possible to get the view from all angles, top, side, front or back.
Second we have photomontage. Photomontage refers to making a number of photographs join together so that is appears like one very long, or wide, photograph. This is very similar to the pictures of your teeth that you may have seen at your dentist. Professionals will take a series of photographs and cut or crop them so that they meet perfectly just as though you were looking at a real life view, rather than a photograph.
360 Panorama. This is a lot like a photomontage but there is more 3d rendering studio detail offered and you can spin, zoom and rotate up and down. One neat feature is that these can be done for indoor views or outdoor views.
A virtual tour is a very useful tool for anyone involved in selling architectural design or for putting over a successful presentation of a building or other architectural element.
3D floor plans. This view is generally of the inside of a building with the roof removed. You see all the details of all the rooms and can be done for multiple levels. This is like removing the roof or the second story of a building to see what is underneath. Very effective and showing a realistic view of what a plan really is and how it will look in real life.
Animations. Here you are presented with a view of a building as though you were walking through it. There are also flyover views, or fly around views, where you can see the project from the air and really get the feeling you are there, rather than viewing it on a computer screen. This is really cool stuff and very effective for sales and presentations.