Iranian architect and artist Hamidreza Edalatnia talks about the software and workflow he uses for his concepts, his portfolio, and peer recognition...
3dtotal: Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you, what do you do, and where are you located?
My name is Hamidreza, I'm 30 and I'm from Iran. I finished my Masters degree in Architecture at Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – School of Architecture (Copenhagen, Denmark, 2014). During the last 9 years I have done 3D visualization (particularly in architecture) personally and professionally for different architecture firms in Iran and Europe, and I had a chance to work at Henning Larsen Architect for a short period (2013). Currently I'm going to open my own office base in Shiraz, Iran (HEXX).
3dt: What was the workflow behind your latest gallery image? Where did the idea come from?
The last image was a project for the Evolo Skyscraper entry (2017) and the concept behind that was a serious concern regarding contextual architecture. But in terms of 3D visualization only, I started to model in 3ds Max
, and of course used some prepared 3D models because I believe as an architect sometimes the main purpose is not just 3D modeling. For rendering, I'm using Corona Renderer from last year (because of its CPU base and its speed is quicker than V-Ray
). For final touches I made some image adjustments in Photoshop as most people do.
3dt: What challenges did the image present, and what other software do you use?
The main challenge of the project was to portray a sense of everything that is happening in Persian Gulf currently. Sometimes I use Rhino/Grasshopper for complex modeling, and Marvelous Designer for simulating clothes, but most of the time I use 3ds Max and Photoshop, and I suggest to just use a maximum of 2-3 software.
3dt: How do you keep your portfolio up-to-date? Any tips?
Just keep working, working and working… when you work hard, you improve your skills, and just need to add your last work to your portfolio with a small summary about your work.
3dt: Are you a member of any social media groups? Any favorite hashtags you check on a daily basis?
I mostly check your website (3dtotal), Evermotion and CGArchitect to see the best visualization works, but recently I decided to share my work on my Instagram page too, as I can share things almost every single day. My favorite hashtag is #Concept.
3dt: How important is the recognition of your peers, and what are your ambitions?
I always try to keep my work up to date because it's very important for me what people think about me and my works. I think it's a usual concern for any artist/architect! In my professional life I try to be my best, and I must reach the highest position. You must never stop working hard if you think like that.
3dt: Who are your favorite artists, traditional or digital, and can you explain why?
It's hard to say, but my main favorites are Marek Denko and Alex Roman. Besides some Danish painters like "Vilhelm Hammershoi,” "Jens Juel,” and so on… Up next, I'm going to open my own Architecture office (HEXX) and hope to do some better work for the world of architecture.
Head over to Hamidreza Edalatnia's Instagram
"Middle-East Battlefield” in the gallery
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