The Hand Rendering vs CGI Debate
I’m going to attempt to discuss this topic and dispel a few misconceptions regarding 3D Visualisation, whilst acknowledging the role of hand rendering, which is going to be a challenge given my specialism but I’ll give it a go.
Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone
Regardless of your area of expertise, it’s always nice to reach the stage where you become fairly confident in delivering the goods. And usually when you reach this level, you are at risk of becoming comfortable and dare I say it, complacent. Take my 3D work as an example: I always produce 3D visuals of […]
You Know You’re a Bonafide 3D Visualiser When…
1. You develop a deep and profound relationship with your laptop, which by ‘normal’ standards is considered highly questionable and completely unhealthy. This relationship can be extremely changeable, one day it can be full of love, respect and adoration… …to one of loathing, disgust and utter contempt. Yes, it’s completely normal for a 3D Visualiser […]
3D Visualisation – FAQs
I receive a lot of emails from peeps considering a career in 3D Visualisation or who are new to the industry. They ask me lots of general questions that range from useful resources when trying to learn this skill, to details on the software I use and everything in between. So, without further ado, take […]
The NDA Unofficial Field Trip – London 2013
My day started at 04:45 on Saturday morning; I dragged my sorry a$$ out of bed repeating to myself that the early start was worth it. Because on Saturday I ventured to London to meet a dozen individuals that I had only ever corresponded with via an online forum. Just to clarify: an online student forum. […]
Technical Drawing or Work of Art?
Unfortunately I’m very aware of the skill, patience and precision that is required to produce accurate technical drawings by hand. Whilst completing my Diploma in Interior Design I was required to learn the ‘art’ of technical drawing and I quickly learned that I wasn’t a fan of technical drawing the ‘old fashioned’ way. It was […]
1 Year Anniversary – It’s Top 5 Time
I took a sharp intake of breath, slapped my face a few times, splashed some cold water on my chops, did a few warm-up stretches and then finally typed my first blog post nearly 1 year ago. 84 posts; 11 pages; 223 comments; 107 followers; 21,885 views and Anita Brown [Design Studio] is still going strong. As I […]
For The Modernist Lovers
I’ve previously alluded to my dislike of the Modernist era where architecture and interior design is concerned. I think the main reason why I’m not a fan is because of its quite stark and bleak presence. But I AM a fan of modern design.
Belfast Harbour Office – A Potted History
I’ve been working like a maniac on my current module and finally submitted it at 7am this morning, having worked all through the night to get it finished. I officially detest my degree studies. On a lighter note, I decided to upload one of the reports that I’m particularly proud of. It’s the result of many hours […]
Titanic – Retracing History
These are a few photos that I took today to support my research of the Belfast Harbour Office (and in particular its ties to the Titanic). The interior of the original Drawing Offices at Harland & Wolff, where Titanic was designed (as they look today). And how they looked when in use by Harland & Wolff […]
Photoshop – The Only Limitation is your Imagination
I’ve been using a multitude of effects via Photoshop and GIMP recently for my degree studies. I usually find that all of the tools to create whatever effect you want are all readily available in the maze of menus and sub-menus in both Photoshop and GIMP; it’s knowing which ones to use is the problem. […]
Belfast – Small Town, Huge History
Ok, I don’t want to turn this post into a history lesson but following on from my disastrous visit to Custom House; I’ve since had to choose a different period property in which to study. I’m required to research the property’s historical significance and also its architectural and design attributes. Although because of my acute interest in the […]
Custom House and My Shattered Dreams
I chose Custom House, Belfast as the (period) property with historical significance to research for the current module of my Degree course. One of the requirements of this module is to photograph the architectural/design elements of said period property and discuss its political/social context. On the outside this property is quite a distinguishable and commanding structure in the City […]
Yes, He Captured That Cog Beautifully
Studying Modernism and the context in which it emerged has a strange effect on the body and mind. I’m starting to curse a lot. And audible sighs can be heard from my direction on the hour, every hour. I’ve decided that I don’t ‘like’ Modernism. That doesn’t mean I don’t like Modern design but it does mean that I’m not a fan […]
The Flat Roofed House
I knocked on a strange door today knowing that I hadn’t a clue who was going to greet me. I also knew that my request was going to be perceived as quite a peculiar one. But I did it anyway. To cut a long story short, I’m currently researching the design ethos that governed Modernism. […]
A Door is Just a Door, Right?
Like a lot of people I walk to work everyday. And everyday as I engage ‘auto-pilot’ I don’t really absorb the sights around me. I’m too busy thinking about what I’m going to have for dinner later that evening…or cursing the fact that I had to leave my beloved bed and how I’d love to dive right back […]
Designer In the Spotlight – A Victorian Overhaul
This ‘aspiring designer’, Suzie Brown, has taken her Victorian home and dragged it kicking and screaming into the 21st century.