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    Default Re: What exactly is the Job of a 3D Visualizer?

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    2. You make the architect look way better than they are without getting credit yourself. You make the interior designers mad when you select a tile that just looks cool only to find out that it is $500 for a square foot and they only have budgeted $100 a square foot. But the client has seen the renderings and loves the $500 tile, but will only pay $100.
    Thank you for bringing this up! I've always wondered about this, when you're only going by a set of blueprints, who's job is it to decorate the interior? Is FF&E the correct term for this aspect of the rendering process? Do you get a list of furniture to use or do you have to tap into your inner Kelly Hoppen to complete the job?

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    Default Re: What exactly is the Job of a 3D Visualizer?

    Quote Originally Posted by ahmeds View Post
    Thank you for bringing this up! I've always wondered about this, when you're only going by a set of blueprints, who's job is it to decorate the interior? Is FF&E the correct term for this aspect of the rendering process? Do you get a list of furniture to use or do you have to tap into your inner Kelly Hoppen to complete the job?
    Its your job if you are asked to do it or agree to do it.

    Often when you are doing a visual the client and architect wont know and probably wont care exactly what furniture will be used in the final building its usually up to the artist to make it look realistic and interesting.

    That also applies to landscaping around buildings and even external finishes and colours. A lot of the time the illustration will be used to guide the architect and client what might be suitable for that building.

    But you need to ensure, by prior agreement, if you are doing any design that you either have free reign without objection or if they are going to want to change things several times that you have that time/cost covered somehow. This is where contracts come in.
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    Default Re: What exactly is the Job of a 3D Visualizer?

    Quote Originally Posted by NigelStutt View Post
    Yes it is that. You are creating an image of the building before it has been built to show people, who cant read plans and elevations very well, how that building will look when its finished. Its definitely a very creative art in that the best images have something story-like about them. But tbh most of the work you get here in UK is illustrating houses as quickly and cheaply as possible, sometimes apartments, industrial units or offices. Very rare to get something like a museum or airport - they usually only go to the large firms! But if you find a niche you can do some nice stuff. One person here does images that look like watercolours for example and seems to be very successful. If you want to do this successfully maybe investigate the history of architectural illustration and see what you might like to do in terms of establishing a style. But just doing photorealistic illustrations is a bit run of the mill now - loads of people can do them. But not everyone has the artistic flair required to produce a form of 'art'.

    But like all arts, including architecture in many respects, the salary is low compared to other non-artistic jobs. Everyone wants to get into art or sport or music - no-one wants to get into accounting, IT or quantity surveying. This is why salaries in those other professions are so much higher. And why you really need to excel if you are to get into an artistic career.

    This, along with the learning curve, is why I said you are best exploring another career to supplement your income whilst you learn and establish yourself in archvis. For example I am an architect - I do certifications of buildings to supplement my archvis income and previously all me income came from being an architect. If I wasnt doing that I wouldnt be able to live. I see archvis as more of a hobby that may take off at some point and may not. That probably the best way to look at it unless you are extremely dedicated and very creative (or rich).
    Thanks for your advise, always good to know from the more experienced Professional Artists

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