The following images give a small glimpse into my process and workflow. This group of 5 images rendered for the Chaplain Schmitt Veteran's Park in Dubuque, IA were completed in just over a week's time using an initial model provided by the client that I then worked into.
Initial modeling is kept very simple. If the model is provided by the client I will simplify to show essential information (particularly revit models). i prefer being sent a pdf with plan and elevation information along with CAD info.
I will generally execute an initial series of renders where I play with lighting. textures are kept simple and are generally just basic shaders. The initial render works as an underpainting.
using a wacom cintiq I then draw over the top of the render/underpainting in photoshop and begin to paint in the the values, textures, and entourage. context for this image was gathered using google earth