I was a guest instructor at University of Venice (IUAV) , a breathtaking experience with brilliant people. I missed my university days again but this time I was on the other side, lecturing to master degree architecture students. The lecture was about Advanced Vray Materials and Shader Techniques, 2 days, 16 hours of lecture on some techniques for building complex shaders.
Alberto Mera from Interior Deck team contacted me and informed me about INTERIORDECK INTERNATIONAL STUDENT DESIGN CONTEST, which I would like to share with you on my blog.
It is an bi-annual contest for interior design and architecture students. At the beginning of every semester, a project which could be a house, a restaurant, an office, etc. is presented and the participants are asked to design the interiors. The projects are always fictional; and a series of requirements should be fulfilled. For every contest there is a professional jury based on the country the project takes place.
The current contest is called Snow Haven. The project to be designed is a house placed in the Aran Valley (Vall d’Aran), in the Catalan region, surrounded by 3,000-metres peaks and more than 200 lakes.
For further details of the project, contest and the prize and jury, you can visit www.interiordeck.com
I was in Venice on last weekend and had great time attending State Of Art Academy Day3 as one of the guest speakers with Peter Guthrie, Adam Hotovy, Tomek Miksa and Ronen Bekerman. I felt very happy to meet a lot of friends in real after being friends online for long time. And it was very fun to make new friends of course ! Days in Venice was like 3D Heaven where there are a lot of artists from all over the world. And everyone is talking about 3D. There was so much to share with each other, and ask each other and conversation never stops.
Another very interesting thing was to watch different workflows and approaches from different artists and how everyone has his/her own way. It was nice to watch how our works and workflows become distinguishable with the personal ways and styles.
I liked so much to be in Venice and our dear friends from State Of Art, Gianpiero Monopoli, Roberto De Rose, Manuela Grandesso and Riccardo made us feel at home with the sweet smiles and all their welcome and care.
And last but not the least, I love all the pasta and pizza and spritz and wine. Now looking forward to AD4 and already counting days down.
I am very happy to be taking part as one of the speakers in this year's Sate Of Art AcademyDay3 in Venice accompanied with other talented CG artists I have always admired. I am very exciting that I will be meeting a lot of CG artists-friends there and get to know each other.
I get a great news today : One of my images from Rosso scene has been shortlisted for the 2012 3DWORLD CG AWARDS in the Arch-Viz Render Category.
I already feel very happy to have been chosen as a nominee together with great artists Bertrand Benoit, Notos and Blackhaus.
If you think my image is the best one, just give me a vote. (You can find it under Arch-Viz render category. )
Today I wake up into a great news that I have got the 1st prize in Arch-Factory's Product Rendering Competition:
Doing The Assembly Line Work.
The competition goal was to make photo-realistic product shot renders. My Decode Lamp renders made the 1st place. I feel very happy to hear this as the first thing of the day and I would like to thank Arch-Factory site and the jury for giving me this chance.
My Rosso scene is published on the latest issue (no 35) of the 3D Artist magazine. I feel very happy and honored to take part with great artists from all over the world. You can buy the latest issue or take a look at in the older issues of the magazine from the website.
My week starts with a happy news :
Rosso scene has been selected Image Of the Week on 3DArtist magazine online:
You can see the details of the scene under "Scenes In Depth" category as well.
I got one happy news now that my latest scene Rosso has been awarded with "3D Excellence Award".
I feel very happy and great honor to receive the award.
The project is scheduled to go up on 3D Total site on Sunday, 09 October 2011 00:00GMT.
Today is really very special and there are many surprised for me. After hearing the news that two of my tutorials published ( you can find them under the tutorial category ) now I have got the news that Rosso scene has been chosen for the CGWorkshop Choice Gallery.
Thank you CGWorkshop for this award!
Today my scene Rosso has been on Forum Spotlight in Ronen Bekerman Arch-Vis Forum. I must say that he made a great mosaic collage of my images as a poster. Thank you Ronen for this nice work. is the link : http://www.ronenbekerman.com/rosso-by-alfa-smyrna-pixela/#lf_comment=5616328
Something happy happened today and I found that my I appear on the front page of the official Autodesk Area Site as a featured Artist. This is great honor for me to to be featured on the main page of the developers of 3DSMax and to share the front page with great talents and great innovations in CG World.
Unfortunately there is a restriction on the quantity of images to be displayed in portfolio so I had to remove some older works for the news ones to appear.
My renders has been featured on the official online help documentation of 3DSMax Design 2012 at Autodesk Site.
If you are using 3ds Max 2012 Design, now you can see my works when you click the Tutorials link on the Help Menu of your interface, this link will take you to the online help files introduction page, where you can see one of my renders.
Here is the official 3dsMax 2012 Online Help page where you can see my works:
You can also see more of my scenes at the "Where To Find Tutorials" and "Showcase" sections under Contents.
I feel happy to see my scene Archipelago has been published on the curent issue of the Ceiga Magazine, under the Natural World Title.
Ceiga Magazine is a montly online magazine that displays works from digital artists. The current issue is the 4th issue of the magazine which focuses on works of CG Artists from all over the world. Every month you can see a different collection of works.
If you want to see Archipelago featured, you must browse to the 4th issue of the magazine. It is underthe "Natural World Section". You can view other impressive works from many different artists as well.
I encountered these very intesting page: Michael Hansmeyer and his cardboard structures which are created using an subdivison algorithm.
Michael Hansmeyer is both an architect and a programmer. On his site, there are more of his amazing works, creating a very unique atmosphere reminding me of both history and highly futuristic environements.
Please check out the site to see more of this this architect /programmer's amazing works :
My works have been shortlisted one of the top 5 for the 2010 3D Awards by CGArchitect.
Every year, the CGArchitect, a very popular site for 3D visualisers, gives Annual Best Visualisation Awards. The contest is open to anyone and over 2000 visualisation artists from different countries all over the world, send their renders to be evaluated. The jury evaluates all the works and short-lists the top 5 , which is one of my renders.
"My Bedroom Concept" project has been granted as the Visualisation Pro Of the Week by CGArchitect.
You can view the project on CGArchitect through the link below:
You can find the details of the scene under Scenes In Depth cayegory as well.
Another nice news for "My Bedroom Concept" !
It has been granted with 3D Excellence Award from
You can view the project on 3DTotal site under the Gallery section.
You can find the details of the scene under Scenes In Depth category as well.
Nice news today!
My Bedroom Concept scene has been granted with the Best Of Evermotion Award.
You can view the project on Evermotion site through the link below:
You can find the details of the scene under Scenes In Depth category as well.