3d Rendering: The Down and Dirty
Silly title, I know but it’s to the point of today’s post, re: 3d renderings, what are they and how are they made? I always think that the rest of the world will understand what I do if I just show them an image of one of my latest works. Clients, friends or family, inevitably, after looking at several images, with the “uh huh, yes, yes” nods will say “Wait, what..? That image isn’t a photo?” So, this post is dedicated to the down and dirty of what a 3d rendering is and what it takes to make them.
What Is It?
What is a 3d rendering? Wikipedia defines it as “the 3d computer graphics process of automatically converting 3d wire frame models into 2d images with 3d photorealistic effects or non-photorealistic rendering on a computer.” Did that clarify it for you or are there any glazed over eyes and/or nodding off at this point? Yet that is essentially what it is. Now, let me give you the down and dirty version.
First we build a 3d model. Do you remember doing any childhood craft projects of chicken wire and papier mache?