Sampler 2 + Next steps

April 9th, 2013 by tsvilans

I’ve left this blog alone while I finish my studies, letting the 3d viz work hibernate for a while. This is not to say that I haven’t been busy. Completely the opposite! There is a fair amount of new viz work that I haven’t posted, mostly due to NDAs and a general wish to tweak things a bit more, as is always the case with commercial work that’s based on hard deadlines. I also would like to focus on posting mostly personal work, as that would be the truest expression of what I seek and how I work, not to mention an excuse to delve more heavily into all the stranger and darker ideas that sometimes make an appearance in my work.

More broadly, however, and looking more seriously at the future, my work in commercial 3d visualization is winding down. What started off as a side-project and a love of creating images evolved into something surprising and enjoyable, and I have had many amazing clients and friends to thank for that. Their trust and faith in my work has been instrumental in its development. However, the main thrust of my work and interests has been concurrently plowing forward and the time is coming very soon that all other side-projects will have to fade away or else be somehow re-appropriated into the main body of my work.

This does not mean that I will not be making images or constructing digital environments. On the contrary, I will be doing more so than ever, except their focus will veer away from the commercial visualization market and target more speculative and design-orientated aims. Commercial 3d visualization is just one tiny subset of a much larger conversation about technology, representation, the (constructed) environment, and how we as social actors are involved in the dialogue with the world and with the objects we make. There is much to be done. Architecture exists far beyond the images that congest contemporary media, despite many built examples that may suggest otherwise. It must be reconsidered beyond the image-on-the-screen, further to the image-in-space, to a broader consideration of the suffusion of technology in contemporary spatial experience.  Digital modeling and simulation venture beyond the display, further to the worlds of sensing, documenting / observing, fabricating and interacting, and it is in this arena that I hope to place my work.

If this is enigmatic, it is not on purpose. There will be more to come as it develops.



February 6th, 2012 by tsvilans

Small update of various things that have been occupying me for the last few months. Hopefully loads more to come, eventually…

Regional Shopping Centre

July 19th, 2011 by tsvilans

Another competition project for DIALOG. A bit more time than the previous one and putting into use a lot of what I learned the hard way earlier. Went quite a bit smoother as I had a more optimized workflow by the end, just in terms of organizing the scene and staying flexible and open to design changes right up to the deadline.

Possibly the biggest (in terms of scale) project I’ve accomplished to date…

Mixed-Use Development

July 19th, 2011 by tsvilans

A competition project for DIALOG that was done on a very tight deadline of a few days. A huge experiment in over-painting and post-processing which, I think, turned out quite well. The focus was on the general impact rather than the details, which is the most important aspect in a competition project anyhow.

Extreme deadline + large printing size + large urban context + complex programme = very little sleep + elevated heart rate.

Port Colborne Recreation Centre

July 19th, 2011 by tsvilans

After a long period of silence, here is a relatively recent image I did for MJMA. It’s a community recreation centre for a town south-west of Toronto, in Southern Ontario. Had fun playing with the dusk mood here, trying out some new things such as 3d people and a subdued color palette. Some of the progress shots had a bit more interesting moods, I think, although they didn’t showcase the actual building as well, so we had to find a balance between the two that would work for everyone.

More new stuff coming soon, hopefully, once I get permission to show it off!