Architectural rendering, or architectural illustration, is the art of creating two-dimensional images or animations showing the attributes of a proposed architectural design.

Computer-generated renderings

Images are generated by a computer using State of the Art three-dimensional modeling software for presentation purposes which are commonly termed “Computer Generated Renderings”. Rendering techniques vary. Some methods create simple flat images or images with basic shadows. Gamma uses a popular technique which entails using a sophisticated software to approximate accurate lighting and materials. This technique is often referred to as a “Photo Real” rendering. Renderings are usually created for presentation, marketing and design analysis purposes.

  • Still renderings
  • 3D Walk through and fly by animations (movie)
  • Virtual Tours
  • Floor Plans
  • Photo realistic 3D Rendering
  • Realtime 3D Renderings
  • Panoramic Renderings
  • Light and Shadow (sciography) study renderings
  • Renovation Renderings (photomontage) and others
  • 3D renderings play a major role in real estate sales. It also makes it possible to make design related decisions well before the building is actually built. Thus it helps experimenting with building design and its visual aspects.

Hand-drawn renderings or architectural illustration

Until 3D computer modeling became common, most architectural renderings were created by hand. At Gamma we are still able to create renderings entirely by hand. Some hand illustrators use a combination of hand and computer generated line work. Common mediums for hand architectural renderings include:

  • Watercolor
  • Markers
  • Color Pencil
  • Pen and Ink
  • Acrylics