I am looking for recommendations.
I use SketchUp and Layout, sometimes ArchiCAD (for sophisticated and faster 2D drafting), and of course Photoshop (for texture and picture editing).
I am planning to learn Blender and Twinmotion for texturing and rendering. I would like to produce more artistic concepts and professional final products.
I would like to find a workflow, where I could add decay and aging, damage to the sets I am working on…I am constantly searching for a way to better present the set designs…I find myself admiring hand-drawn set designs and hand-drawn architectural perspectives, detailed drawings for inspiration. I wonder if I could achieve a similar quality with a computer and tablet…
In practice, set design, the process sped up over the years…Changes seem to be more and more frequent (as we tend to work on computers)…In most cases, the first idea would turn into another, the space, the location, and the details are changing constantly and fast…I like to use SketchUp and Layout because in case of minor changes I don`t have to start re-draft the 2D doc from scratch. I also like axonometry and the schematic presentations, white models rather than textures, keeping the presentation simple and light, then develop the model as we go along, adding the texture after the form is settled.
SketchUp has the advantage of being able to access the terrain, and sun settings (for shadow studies) and does all this relatively quickly…I also find the modeling process very enjoyable, in contrast with my experience using ArchiCAD (I used it for many years and I still use it for 2D drafting).
I’ve seen people exporting to Substance Painter from Blender (which I think would be probably quite expensive as it’s an Adobe product), but also I don’t understand why someone with Blender would need that. I thought that Blender has a very good texturing tool. So it is very confusing to know what software to learn as they change so fast. For me Blender seems like software that is in touch with its audience, it grows together with it, and it has a good community (just as SketchUp does and it makes a difference too). These are the reasons I am planning to go this way.
I am interested in other people’s experiences in similar situations - concept/ interior / architectural design and the workflow used.