Monthly Archives: May 2012
This is our latest rendering for 440 K St NW (map). From the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District newsletter:
440 K will be the next apartment building to break ground in Mount Vernon Triangle. With 234 apartments, 440 K will feature two rooftop terraces, a pool, a private club room for social occasions, private balconies, and a fitness center. There will also be 9,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. “Mount Vernon Triangle is now well on its way to becoming what people want to experience when living and working in a great downtown neighborhood,” stated Charles (Sandy) Wilkes, Chairman of The Wilkes Company. 440 K Street will be the fourth building completed in Mount Vernon Place, the two million square foot, mixed-use development of The Wilkes Company and Quadrangle Development Corporation. Designed by Davis Carter Scott, the building is anticipated to be complete by the autumn of 2013.
Lots of changes coming to this area! More info on the entire scope of the project is at: MountVernonPlace.com
We’re very pleased to announce that Capital Pixel is now a Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) in the District of Columbia. As stated on the dcsmallbiz website,
The business certification program in the District of Columbia registers a company into a DC agency database and labels it as a Certified Business Enterprise (CBE). The District directs spending to these DC-based businesses that support and contribute to job creation and the city tax base, which in turn results in a much stronger local economy.
Businesses with CBE certification receive preferred procurement and contracting opportunities. The District directs spending to these DC-based businesses that support and contribute to job creation and the city tax base, which in turn results in a much stronger local economy. Each agency, including an agency that contracts or procures through the Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP), must exercise its contracting and procurement authority so as to meet, on an annual basis, the goal of procuring and contracting 50% of the dollar volume of its goods and services, including construction goods and services, to Small Business Enterprises.
Certification as a Local Business Enterprise (LBE) is a prerequisite to be certified in any additional business enterprise category within the CBE Program. In the CBE Program, CBEs can be certified as Local Business Enterprise, Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Resident-owned Business Enterprise (ROB), Business Enterprise Located Within a Development Enterprise Zone (DZE), Longtime Resident Business Enterprise (LRB), Veteran-owned Business Enterprise (VOB), and Local Manufacturing Business Enterprises (LME).
Capital Pixel received the maximum of 12 points for certification. (2 for LBE; 3 for SBE; 2 for DBE; 2 for DZE; 5 for ROB)
hit play to watch each step of the rendering process – a backyard transformed
People often think that creating a rendering is as simple as pushing the “Render” button. While I really wish that my keyboard had one of these magical buttons, it’s not always that easy. Creating a rendering involves lots of steps, and is generally a very iterative process. Every artist works in a slightly different way, but I wanted to give everyone a little glimpse of one of my renderings in progress, from start to finish. The two particular renderings posted here were done for a feature article on Urban Turf called Re-Imagined, where I envision how various features of a home could be transformed. You can check out the article to get a better idea of the purpose of these images.
I started with some basic listing photos from a home for sale on Redfin.com. This is the photo that you see in the first frame of the movies posted here. Each step after that represents one more iterative rendering, in other words, each time I hit that “render” button. When each of the images in the process are strung together, you can get a little insight into how I went about creating the rendering. You’ll notice there is a lot of trial and error – adding new lights, adjusting the brightness, rearranging furniture, adding colors, and creating new textures.
hit play to watch each step of the rendering process – making of a living room
In each of these examples, you’ll notice there are about 14-15 steps to creating the final look. Each step can take anywhere from 5 to 45 minutes to do, depending on what is being added or adjusted. Usually, I am working with textures and furniture from my library of resources, but sometimes, I’ll have to build a new custom piece of furniture or create an original texture from scratch, which adds to the time spent on a project. Other times, I will buy a new model or texture from a site like Turbosquid, which saves time. Each project is totally unique in how I get from start to finish.
What do you think? See anything you’d have done differently?