I don't know if I'm just in the holiday spirit, but I thought I would write a post about winterizing an illustration.  In essence, this tutorial takes your typical daytime rendering and turns it into a snowy winter scene, which is easier than you might think.  After some experimenting, I realized that the smudge tool worked really well for a drifting snow effect on the ground. I also used a common technique for adding falling snow. This method can be found all over the web and with a little manipulation can be used to create rain as well.

You don't see too many winter scenes in architectural presentations. It's something I wish I would have tried while still in school.

Below, I have shown the before and after images of the tutorial. Its a dramatic change in just a short amount of time.



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Reader Comments (18)

fantastic Alex! Merry xmas
thanks a lot for sharing!

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfabio

Thanks Fabio, happy holidays to you too

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Hogrefe

nice tut, thanks Alex! merry xmas!

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertu

Nice tutorial! Thanks for sharing!
Keep up the good work, and happy holidays!
Greetings from Spain.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrei

haha i've been sat all day doing a xmas card for work trying to get this look. merry christmas

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermark scott

Fine tutorial, think Im gonna use it to make more renderings "on a rainy day".

Mary xmas to you Alex.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJakob

HI there Alex,

Great tut, Firstly who the heck is that person who advertised for Hand Bags???? What the???? Hand Bags in Architecture??? Could you show us how you made the grass in the picture above..... Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please .....

December 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHabib

Hey Guys, Greeting from Pakistan!!!! Happy New Year.........

December 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHabib

Thanks for this blog... perfect tutorials.. Merry Xmas! .. Greeting form Poland!

December 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

Right. This is my first time to see snow in an architectural presentation. Very ingenious!

December 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrochure Printing

A Happy Christmas to you and your family Alex! Thanks for this snow magic step by step. There are a lot of aesthetic judgement calls in this tutorial that are not immediately obvious but sure single you out as a master.

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterja narciso

This is amazing. Thanks a lot.

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJelena

Could you show us the jpeg picture of the grass, or grass texture in that picture above....please..... :(

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHabib

Thanks everyone.
Send me an email and I can show you what texture I used. Thanks

December 27, 2011 | Registered CommenterALEX HOGREFE

i liked your style've really good works..thank you for creating this web..

March 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersrs

Hi Alex,
Great tutorials by the way, they have helped me in so many ways in college...quick question though...what screen capturing software do you use when you are preparing your videos for your blog? :)

June 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbulshoibooze

Tks very much, help so much for a student in an architecture school.

December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRAFE L. D.

Hi, great work on here. I don't know how much you know about video, but it would be really useful to know how i can apply these techniques to moving image. They are so powerful on stills, it would be awesome. I'm probably talking mainly about the blueprint style ones, and the diffused effects and xrays etc. thanks!

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertom greenfield

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