How to prepare needed materials for the visualization to finish the project in 5 days. Part one: preparing the materials- what is mood board and drawings? Is it obligatory to have “dwg” files or the model to realize the project?

Thinking about how to order your 3D visualization and wondering what the process looks like? You are in the right place. We are happy to announce the series of articles devoted to this topic, and right now we will present to you the first steps you should know. Even though 3D artists and architects are the real wizards in the 3D visualization universe, but the commitment and direction of the client play a crucial role as well. At the beginning four types of materials will be required from you, so let’s figure that out in detail.

Mood board and drawings

When you have already sent an important email or contacted the 3D visualization company to order the project, at the very first stage you will be asked to share a mood board and drawings. The reason for this is simple: 3D artists need some sketches, initial ideas, your vision of the project, what it was based on, and what you expect to receive. In a nutshell, you need to present your idea to the company, tell a visual story of it. Since then, the company knows where to start.

Bright colorful wall, Viscato 3D

Let’s begin with the mood board. This is the real board or paper with plenty of your ideas and inspirations. Imagine you want to order the visualization of the private house. Grab all the pictures of the houses you like, types of the facade, windows, roofs, doors, outdoor areas, and exterior furniture, maybe you would like to have a special type of garage, think of colors and shades. Do you have all your favorite pictures of the future house? Great, put them together in one place: stick them to the big paper, desk, or make the same online. This is the flight of your imagination, your moment. Think about the order of the pictures, which of them correspond to you the most. Why the mood board? This is the best and easiest way to understand what you want as the client. When all the ideas are together, none of them is lost, the likelihood of finding the real concept is extremely high. You have concentration and coherence, so it will be very convenient to transfer and explain it to the team of the 3D artists. 

Green landscape, 3D render

In case of drawings, you don’t have to be a professional painter to present your ideas, but still, it should be well-visible. In this case, the only thing that is required from you is- to draw the idea. Technical drawings should show the object/room in a top view and side views. 3D artists take the shape of it and all dimensions to be able to reproduce everything that is drawn there. Coming back to the example above, draw the house, all the features, and colors of it. Remember, as better and clear your initial visual story is, the better the final 3D visualization is. You can share both- mood boards and drawings as well. The main goal of them- show your idea in the most understandable way to the company. 

Is it obligatory to have “.dwg” files or the model to realize the project?

We would like to start with the short explanation first. What is the “.dwg” file and for what we need it? This is the standard format of the files you send to the 3D company which is used for 3D designing purposes. Basing on“.dwg” files or generally on technical drawings, 3D artists are able to model a room, building, or other objects that the client wants to recreate in 3D. The programs for the creation of 3D renderings support the files in the “.dwg” format, that is why this is the required format in the 3D industry.

Exotical terrace, 3D rendering

3D visualization cannot exist without a 3D model. This is the initial presentation of the objects but in 3D format. In special programs (e.g. Maya, Blender) by moving the vertices in any direction the objects are created. It is also helpful because on its basis (or using it) the company is able to prepare the visualizations. The 3D model reflects precisely the shapes, textures, dimensions. Comparing it with drawings, it has a couple of advantages, for instance, reduction of work time of the project, fewer corrections and changes during the process, and consequently fewer costs. Sometimes drawings may not be coherent and mistakes may occur. The dimensions of the objects, buildings, and distances are visible much more clearly in the 3D model rather than in the drawings.  

Splendid apartment complex, Viscato 3D

Both “.dwg” files and 3D models are very useful for 3D artists and help to simplify and boost the workflow. We highly recommend having both but in case you are unable to provide these files, it is still possible to work on the project and successfully deliver it to you. We highly recommend you to be highly-attentive to the initial mood boards, drawings, models, and all the materials you send to the company. Accuracy plays a key role. 

In this article, we discussed the importance of initial materials in the first stages of the process. We hope this article was useful to you. In case of any questions do not hesitate to contact us via chat on our web-page, or email, we are always here to help you! The further stages will be explained in the next articles very soon, do not miss it! 

The images featured in this post are all the Viscato’s projects and you can see all of them in our Portfolio section. If any of projects are inspirational for you, feel free to contact us at [email protected]

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