Posted by Kathleen Moore, CastleView 3D:
As I contemplate my impending leap of faith from a fairly cushy position in the ivory tower to the cut-throat world of self-employment as an artistic entrepreneur, I keep coming back to the big question, as delicately posed by my husband:
“But dear, how can you call it 3D visualization when what you’re creating is obviously flat and two-dimensional?”
Well, that IS an excellent question. And I can see where he’s coming from.
To most people, the images of homes and interiors that I create look like photos (hence the term “photorealistic renderings“). But the big answer to the big question is that I’m taking a flat floorplan — basically just a blueprint in the x-y plane — and through the magic of CAD software (Chief Architect X4, to be exact) I’m giving it an added dimension. Height! The z dimension!
So a simple kitchen floorplan goes from looking like a bunch of lines on graph paper, like this
to a beautiful rendering like THIS:
3D visualization is a way to convey more information about design — a tool to improve communication between home owners and their designers, builders, remodelers, contractors, realtors, decorators, and others.
And to me, that seems like a very valuable service. Enough to inspire a leap of faith.