My name is Yaakov Raskin. I started playing around with 3D as a child, and still enjoy breathing life into simple plans. My training in creating renderings is Hashem’s help and a lot of time learning how to think while studying Gemara. Most of what you see here was made with some mixture of SketchUp + Layout, Maya, touchup in Photoshop and whole lot of siyatta dishmaya.
About Renders
Renders are useful for two main reasons, at two distinct stages:
1) During the design phase - Communication:
With large complex projects, it's inevitable that there will be some misunderstandings. When new skills are involved on either side (like designers who've never worked on mikvahs, collaborating with rabbis who've never worked on construction) that risk increases. renders make sure that everyone is not only on the same page, but understands what that page means.
2) During the funding stage - Marketing:
Whether it's donors for an organization or investors for real estate, a render can help open people's minds, hearts and wallets. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a render gets a million bucks. (numbers are approximate.)
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