The Bungalow Poolside project used several 3D people assets including three swimsuit models from Renderpeople. When seen by them, an offer to publish the work was made if the female models that were not theirs could be removed. For this, the Bungalow model would have to be edited and re-rendered. The thought of rendering the work again inspired the creating a new project for the presentation of these models. Deciding what environment to put a new pool, whether to build new or not, was what led to the second part of this presentation.
I had previously constructed a project to learn Thea Render. It was large enough, that it gave SketchUp and Thea challenges at the time that made learning problematic. When introduced to a new software, it is wise to begin small and work up progressively. The project only confirmed this fact and was put aside for a rainy day. After three years of using Thea with new versions of SketchUp, making handling larger files managable, the older model seemed the ideal project to present these assets.
What I thought would be several days of revision turned out to be two and a half months of remodelling and lighting. I had forgotten just how large the “La Grange” model was and, with gained experience, it obliged a complete remodel. With new and updated detailing, vegetation and proxies from Laubwerk, implementation of Skatter grass, pool and poolside lighting and with HDRs from HDR-Skies, the file was prepared for the 3D female models. Because the scale of the scene would require many more people than the three original assets, new Renderpeople models were specifically selected for the project.