May 13, 2015

3-D Building Rendering

As part of a map re-design that I helped on recently, I rendered a digital illustration of an old building so that visitors could identify it. The result is shown to the left.

Drawings like these are both fun and challenging. This was done from a couple reference photographs, so making it look proper in three-dimensions takes some work, as I didn't have an aerial photograph to work from.

There are many advantages to drawing it as opposed to using a photograph directly. First, the ability to make the building show at the angle you want. It also allows you to match the style of the rest of the map. Finally, a photograph would look "cut out" and detached from the rest of the map (which is sometimes desirable, but not in this case).

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