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Behind the Scenes: Kitchen

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About

Hello there.

My name is Eugene Demidov. I’m a freelancer from Riga, Latvia and a student at the Baltic International Academy.

My acquaintance with 3D graphics began in 2011, and the first tool I learned was 3ds Max, which I used for interior visualizations. In 2013 I finished my first project. It was a renovation of my room. I made it using Mental Ray while learning how to work with 3ds Max.

Soon after that, I got my first freelance offer.

In 2016 I discovered Blender. In the beginning, I used it just for fun and did not consider it to be the main tool for work. All I did was create scenes with MikuMikuDance models.

A few months later, having gained experience in Blender, I decided to try to use it in a freelance project, after which I completely switched to Blender.

Inspiration and Making the Scene

Every day I browse the internet in search of new ideas for interior scenes. For this scene I found inspiration on the Houzz web site.

The next step was searching for reference images to make props, like a coffee-mill, coffee pot, and metal containers. All the references were saved in PureRef. I decided to use a few old types of kitchen items. They remind me of my childhood, and a warm, homey atmosphere.

When I finished with references, I started making the scene. I made it similar to the main reference room and placed a plane with facade texture outside, to allow it to be seen through the window portal.

For the environment, I used a white color with Strength=10.

Next, I added furniture and, using the Boolean modifier, I cut holes for a sink and gas stove in the countertop.

I wasn’t satisfied with the color of the wall, so I changed it to a colder tone.

Then it was time to add some details and play with color correction.

A Few Words About Making Props

Most of the props are easy to recreate using reference photos. They have quite simple geometry.

Fusilli

  • The fusilli were made in a few simple steps from a plane, the faces of which were duplicated and rotated to make a Y looking shape (1).
  • Twisted using Proportion Editing (2).
  • Next, I duplicated faces with little offset and used the Randomize command on the outer edges to make a little deformation (3).
  • Added Solidify and Subdivision surface modifiers(4).

And voila! I have a simple fusilli pasta

After that, I made a simple material with translucency and color randomization.

To fill the jar, I used a simple physics simulation with ~650 copies of the object

Finalizing and Rendering

After a little research, I decided to change the camera position to focus on the kitchen workspace and give it a more artistic look, in my opinion.

Now I was ready to fill the scene with props. After all these manipulations I made a draft render to check everything.

After a little post-processing in Composer, I was ready to make the final render with two different views.

My System Setup

I use two machines for my scenes. A desktop PC, which I use when I’m working from home:

  • Intel Core i7-3930K
  • 32GB RAM
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 680

And a laptop, which I use while I’m out:

  • Dell Inspiron G3 3579
  • Intel Core i7-8750H
  • 16GB RAM
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

Thank you for your attention. I hope you enjoy this article a little.

About the Author

Eugene Demidov, I hate Mondays.

 

 

 

5 Comments

  1. Mukondeleli Ratshilavhi on

    Very interesting that you start with the props 1st. Thank you for the breakdown,,, I don't get fully how u made the
    Fusilli

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