BlueLime Studio, Inc. Architectural Rendering and Animation

Architectural rendering of a proposed Convention/Performing Arts Center

May 11th, 2010 Posted in info, news, renderings | No Comments »

Here’s another one we just finished. This architectural rendering is to be used for project approval of a new Convention/Performing Arts Center in Hoover, Alabama. The building will be a renovation of an old Macy’s department store at the RiverChase Galleria. We completed this rendering for Goodwyn Mills & Cawood’s Birmingham office.

Architectural rendering of Proposed convention center

Architectural rendering of Proposed convention center

Latest architectural rendering

April 17th, 2010 Posted in news, renderings | No Comments »

Here’s another one that we just finished for Goodwyn Mills & Cawood’s Birmingham office. Working only from a quick sketch perspective and a floor plan, here is the finished result.

Architectural rendering of the Proposed Motus Motorcycles HQ

Architectural rendering of the Proposed Motus Motorcycles HQ

The rendering was used to show the design concept to the client, Motus Motorcycles, what their proposed headquarters could look like.

Nifty little program

April 6th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

This is a cool little program that tracks your mouse movements and creates an image file that shows where you’ve moved your mouse, and when you’ve paused in certain locations.

From their website: “IOGraph — is an application that turns mouse movements into a modern art. The idea is that you just run it and do your usual day stuff at the computer. Go back to IOGraph after a while and grab a nice picture of what you’ve done!”

Here’s a couple of examples of what 3d modelling a streetscape looks like when translated to mouse movements.

IOGraphica - 2.3 hours

IOGraphica - 1.6

Troy University Arena architectural renderings in the news

March 5th, 2010 Posted in news, renderings | No Comments »

Troy University held a ground breaking ceremony for their new Arena and convocation center the other day, and our renderings were a big part of it, as you can see in the clips below. We produced high resolution images that were then printed on a banner used as a backdrop for the ceremony.


3ds Max 2010 Architectural Visualization Advanced to Expert Review

February 10th, 2010 Posted in industry info, news | 1 Comment »

CGarchitect asked us to write a review of the new book “3DS Max 2010, Architectural Visualization Advanced to Expert,” which is reprinted here:

Firstly, the name of the book is a bit of a misnomer. This book is meant to compliment the two additional 3DATS books, “3ds Max 2008 Architectural Visualization Beginner to Intermediate” and “3ds Max 2009 Architectural Visualization Intermediate to Advanced,” so the 3ds Max 2010 part of the title has only a cursory relation to the content in the book, which is a good thing in this case. The vast majority of the book can be applied to most versions of 3ds Max, so if you are still using an older version, don’t let the name of the book dissuade you from purchasing.

3ds max 2010 book cover

3ds max 2010 Cover

Instead of trying to write the entire book by themselves, the guys at 3DATS did the smartest thing they could have done to write a book for experts:  they asked the experts themselves to write the book.  The final result is a compilation of 20 chapters, written and reviewed by over 40 top professionals in the industry.

The book is broken down into six main sections: Color and Composition, Materials, Lighting, Animation, Workflow, and Post Production.  Each of the main sections has several chapters discussing various aspects of each component, broken down below (with the authors listed):

Part I – Color and Composition

Chapter 1 – Color Management
Chapter 2 – Composition
Jeff Mottle
Ernest Burden
Part II – Materials
Chapter 3 – Advanced mental ray Shaders
Chapter 4 – Advanced Unwrapping
Chapter 5 – Texture Painting
Chapter 6 – Physically Based Materials
Joep van de Steen
Lukas Dubeda
Liegh van der Byl

Pierre-Felix Breton
Part III – Lighting
Chapter 7 – Lighting Analysis tools
Chapter 8 – Render to Texture
Chapter 9 – Advanced mental ray lighting
Tod Stephens
Loius Marcoux
Darren Brooker
Part IV – Animation
Chapter 10 – Reactor
Chapter 11 – Particle Systems
Chapter 12 – Rigging
Mir Vadim
Pete Draper
Michele Bousquet
Part V – Workflow
Chapter 13 – Revit Integration
Chapter 14 – Advanced Poly Modeling
Chapter 15 – Managing Large-scale Projects
Chapter 16 – MAXScript
Scott Rosenbloom
Todd Daniele
Markus Boos
Part VI – Post production
Chapter 17 – Camera Matching
Chapter 18 – Green Screening
Chapter 19 – Digital Compositing
Chapter 20 – Video Editing
Mike Merron
Gary M. Davis
Kim Lee
Appendix A
Cloth Modifier Danny Jones

As the name implies, this is a book for advanced to expert users, so there are no “basic” instructions on how to do simple things. I would divide the book into two types of chapters, those that build on existing skills an intermediate to advanced user would have, and those that teach techniques that an advanced user would want to know.

A few examples of the first type would be the chapter on “Texture Painting,” which teaches the reader advanced techniques for creating custom textures; the chapter on “Advanced Poly Modeling,” which teaches advanced polygon editing techniques; and the chapter on “Physically based Materials,” which teaches about creating physically correct reflections, refractions, and using real world textures to accurately depict materials. All of these chapters (and some of the others) expect that the reader has existing knowledge of Photoshop, 3ds Max, and Mental Ray to achieve the end result.

The second type of chapter is more about using techniques and applications that an intermediate user might not normally use, and treats the chapter is an introduction to those techniques and applications.  These chapters include the chapters on reactor, particle systems, camera matching, green screening, as well as many others.  These chapters give the reader a “cold start” so to speak, so that you can work with these techniques with no prior knowledge of the subject matter.

For me personally, I found the second type of chapter the most enjoyable to read, only because it introduces techniques and methodologies that I have always wanted to use but may not have had the time to figure out how to do on my own. With these chapters, the technique is broken down into step by step methods that are easily followed and easily understood.

This does not discount the validity of the other chapters in any way. I think there are things in every single chapter that even an “expert” can learn from, and there are techniques discussed that every user will be able to apply to their daily workflow.

All in all, this is a very well put together book. The organization of the book makes it easy to find specific topics that you may be interested in as a reader, and every chapter is very well written with clear, concise instructions and explanations.  I really only have one complaint with the entire book, and that is that all of the material and lighting chapters deal specifically with Mental Ray (which ships with 3ds max 2010, so I can understand its inclusion). It would have been nice to include a chapter or two on V-ray, as there are a lot of max users out there who use V-Ray as their render engine.  Again, that is a minor critique of an otherwise great book. I would highly recommend this book (as well as the other two) to anyone involved with the architectural visualization industry, not just those that use 3ds Max.

If you are interested in purchasing this book or any of the others in the series, go here.

Happy Holidays!

December 22nd, 2009 Posted in info, renderings | No Comments »

Happy Holidays from everyone at BlueLime!

(rendering created for PGAV Architects, with some holiday flair added)

New Troy Arena Animation

December 17th, 2009 Posted in animation, info, news | No Comments »

Here’s the followup post to the still renderings we posted the other day. This is the architectural animation of the exterior of the new Troy University Area and Convocation center.

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Design by Goodwyn, Mills, and Cawood of Montgomery, Alabama and Populous of Kansas City, Missouri.

Architectural renderings of the new Troy University Arena

December 14th, 2009 Posted in news, renderings | 6 Comments »

Hot off the presses! We just finished these still images for a new arena and convocation center for Troy University in Troy Alabama. We created architectural renderings of the exterior, main arena, and the main entry and concourse. The renderings were created working with GMC Architects in Montgomery, Alabama, and Populous (formerly HOK Sport) out of Kansas City, Missouri.





Architectural Renderings for a proposed Church

December 2nd, 2009 Posted in info, renderings | No Comments »

Here’s a series of still images that we produced for a church in Tampa, Florida. The building was an existing auto dealership that the church purchased to rehab. The still renderings are part of a 3 minute long animation showcasing the space. The building was designed by Icon Architecture and Planning out of Hilton Head Island, SC.






Arundel Preserve #7

October 28th, 2009 Posted in news, renderings | 1 Comment »

A series of architectural renderings of the proposed Arundel Preserve #7 in Hanover, Maryland. We worked with Fox Architects out of Washington, DC, and COPT (Corporate Office Properties Trust) out of Columbia, Maryland.