Under Construction


There is nothing better than a nice model pic. However, I didn’t always use proper lighting or a good camera when I first started to document my stuff. This study model is a good example of something that I was never expecting to use in my portfolio. The model in the pic was constantly being altered during the design process. It was used to explore form and no thought went into the cleanliness of the construction. Little did I know that it was going to be front and center of the first page of the first project in my portfolio. This video will describe the steps I used to prepare the image for the portfolio page

The images below summarize the steps used to go from the initial photograph to the final image as described in the video above.


The initial image. Bad lighting, bad construction, bad background, doesn't matter

The levels are adjusted and the saturation bumped up

The Background edited out.

The bass wood and museum board has been separated into 2 layers. The museum board has been desaturated.

The final image after the Burn and Dodge tools.



Reader Comments (9)

I love your videos.Can i ask you what kind of paper/material you used to make your models and the topography.Thanks for the good work.Greetings from a brazilian friend.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBruna

Thanks Bruna,
This model was just a quick study mode. The material was a thin poster board that I found at a nearby craft store, similar to card stock. I prefer to use the classic chip board and also museum board because of their ease of cutting with an x-acto knife and with a laser cutter.

May 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Hogrefe

Alex, videos are great, really appreciate what you are doing....

Your SketchUp models are quite impressive, do you have any advice how can I improve
my skills in SketchUp, and is there any other software that you would suggest that is good
for architectural design?

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMirsad

One quick tip I have is use lots of groups. Everything in my models are grouped. Grouping objects and using components will allow for really clean models and make editing the model easier.
I would also learn Rhino. It is a nice compliment to Sketchup and is geared toward modeling complex geometry, something Sketchup is not great at.

September 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Hogrefe

alex you've been a whole lot of inspiration to me, i'm actually just getting started with kerkythea and i hope someday, with much effort i can develop to be really good with these softwares you use. thanks a lot. a passionate Nigerian

October 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTola Olaifa

I want to marry you re soo good haha. Impressive work !

May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Hi Alex, I've just found your blog and I'm absolutely amazed with your work.
I've been searching in the web for this type of artistic style applied into architecture, but I've only found something like that in transportation and entertainment design..

Can I ask you where you found inspiration to do what you do? Where do you study?
Keep raising the bar please.

July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeonardo Castaman

Hey Alex I have a quick question, I'm working on my table on content and I'm having trouble with it. I have curved square edge (black and grey) I really want to use but I really want to stick with the Orange background that I have going on. I noticed that you had a really good transition with your portfolio main page. Do you have any tips on how I could integrate both the pattern into a solid orange color? I know it's hard to explain but thank you!

October 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

I am a little confused with your question. However, it sounds like layer blend modes are what your looking for. Experiment with the layer blend modes (found at the top of the layers pallete) to help blend your patterns into colored backgrounds.

October 16, 2013 | Registered CommenterALEX HOGREFE

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