These 3D Visuals caused me to suffer from lingering headaches, audible sighs of exacerbation and levels of determination that I didn’t even know I had (I ended up rebuilding the model 4 times to try and figure out why it wouldn’t render correctly – it WASN’T going to beat me).
Officially, I no longer enjoy building 3D models of kitchens. Ironically, for someone who is ALL about detail, I found the exacting requirements of constructing this kitchen to be gut wrenching.
The bonus? There were lots of straight lines. I like straight lines. Straight lines are yummy. Curves are not. Ask any 3D modeller (or Architect for that matter), if they like curves and your question will be answered with sheer and utter contempt.
I repeat: I don’t like constructing 3D kitchens.
It might have been a more pleasing process if I hadn’t have experienced so many technical hitches. Even though I’ve been doing this rendering malarkey for over a year, there are times when I feel that I’ve only just started.
A few tips:
1. When you’re creating a material in Photoshop, remember to convert it into a small JPEG before you incorporate it into your model. I didn’t. The result? Maxwell Render kept crashing. Which in turn, kept crashing my ENTIRE laptop. Lesson learned? You betcha.
2. When using IES emitters and standard emitting materials in Maxwell Render DON’T select the setting that allows you to modify both power and colour output as it’s rendering. IES emitters don’t like this. Maxwell Render becomes VERY tetchy as a result. Lesson learned? Yes, sir.
3. Be careful when you’re applying glossy finishes to a lot of materials, when there’s lots of emitters. The lights bounce off all of these shiny surfaces and therefore rendering time is increased dramatically.
On the plus side, I’m loving this kitchen. It’s modern in every sense of the word. Glossy kitchen units may not be a practical solution in a family home due to the ‘sticky finger’ syndrome but they are ultra sleek. Me likey. In addition, choosing two different colours is also a nice way to keep things visually interesting.
The eye-catcher in this space is the striped wallpaper. It has a colour palette of bright green and pink but it’s striped composition adds order and calm. A nice touch.
And finally, there’s no reason why a kitchen can’t have a little bit of drama and glamour where lighting is concerned. The chandelier above the centre island is a cleverly disguised extraction unit and it’s a feast for the eyes. Love, love, love.