Useful Tips When Creating An Architectural Illustration

A good Architectural illustration regardless of the uniqueness in composition and style must conform to the rules and best practices in the industry. The illustrator must accurately portray the details of an architectural project so that it can be visualized by the clients. Architectural visualizations have to be elevated to another level to achieve success in the highly competitive field.

According to Duy Pan, an architectural rendering artist who has achieved recognition in the industry, it is important for illustrators to sketch their ideas first. After working so hard on details, he may suddenly find out that the overall image does not align with the original idea. By sketching, the illustrator will immediately imagine the most valuable areas of the composition.

Duy Pan also explains the importance of the 3-ground rule that includes fore, mid and back. The “main actor” must be placed on the stage with the supporting actors on the foreground and background of the image. By providing the foreground and background with different light intensities, the focal point can be highlighted.

When choosing between 3D and 2D, it is more important to use cut-out 2D assets than populating the whole scene with 3D assets and vegetation. The illustration will look more realistic than a CGI asset. Besides that, using 2D assets saves the architectural illustrator the expense of investing on 3D models or the efforts of creating a 3D asset by himself.

According to Iman Kimiaei, another architectural rendering artist, it is important to seek inspiration from other mediums to gain infinite amounts of ideas. These mediums include cinema which a combination of all forms of art, literature, paintings and music.

Architect Kimiaei was inspired by the movie Fargo by Cohen Brothers where an industrial building had a design that followed the language of simplicity. It was a good direction in creating a Minnesotan environment that emphasizes warm colors in the building’s interior.

An Architectural illustration is an expression of values that find completeness in a finished building’s correct magnificence. The process begins from a great concept design that recreates the real world. The illustration looks as real as possible by providing each object with the greatest possible degree of realism.

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