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Jobs in the south east (UK)
show user profile  rob@dynamic
Hi all,

As you may already know, I've been trying to get into Arch-Viz for a while now... but to no avail:-(

I don't suppose any of you know of anywhere in the South East (London, Kent, Sussex) that's looking to take people on?

I've been for a number of interviews recently but always seem to get beat to the post by someone with more experience than me. I've lost count of the amount of emails with my CV ive sent to companies to.

I know I'm far from the finished article, but I believe I'm good enough to be doing this for a living (correct me if I'm wrong).

I'm just getting really down hearted by all these bloody rejections now, I just need a break!

If anyone does hear of anything please let me know.


3D Portfolio

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7/3/2012 6:04:55 PM (last edit: 7/3/2012 6:06:06 PM)
show user profile  George Stallings
I suppose finding job in South East London is quite tough. But still you will find one. Best of luck mate.


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7/4/2012 2:11:48 AM (last edit: 7/4/2012 2:11:48 AM)
show user profile  LionDebt
I pretty much echo what the dude above has said, except, from me it's from a real person with sincerity and feeling.

No homo of course.

You are good enough, in my opinion, but I don't manage an interior/exterior arch vis company, unfortunately. Stick at it buddy, something will turn up eventually.
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7/4/2012 2:41:20 AM (last edit: 7/4/2012 2:41:59 AM)
show user profile  donvella
Look at sites like double negative, see what the criteria is for the job. Try to follow these guidelines for a demo reel if your going that way.

Just a heads up about your portfolio website, and im going to be blunt (just tryn to help), it looks ammature. Look at Peter Guthrie's website and have a look at how he presents his work. Its about 10-15 images of the same environment/house, made to look like marketing images. Your images look like personal images you worked on and then left, it doesnt have that "i spent 3 weeks/months on this image" feel to it.

I have worked in 3 archviz studios, have a look at my signature (link). My work is nothing great, but its what it expected as a minimum for production these days. Your modelling is good, your lighting is great, I would really focus on your camera settings, textures, noise, and composition. Its blaringly obvious you dont do production material on your website, thats whats kind of letting you down.

Hope this helps and doesnt feel like a complete kick in the guts.

edit: your kitchen shots are nice, but lose the artsy fartsy stuff. The DOF is too heavy (unrealistic), the scale is a bit off though. That outside shot with the wine bottle, that bottle look like the size of my theigh, and the lighting is blown out (what we call illegal colors)

edit2: And from the point of view from management, we have always been asked first (as the artists) if we can recommend anyone before they look externally, kind of makes it difficult for you guys who need something under your belt. However, the external ones hired in my experience, are usually ones who are quite skilled in 1 thing. Such as (they are a generalist) but their lighting reel is fantastic, just showing lighting, everything is rendered grey. These kind of guys, specialists are highly looked upon.

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7/5/2012 5:51:23 AM (last edit: 7/5/2012 7:45:44 AM)
show user profile  rob@dynamic
Thanks for the response James. I appreciate the honesty.

As i dont and havnt yet worked in the industry, yes all the renders on my site are personal ones. I find I get to a point with them and stop. Maybe I need to start pushing them that little bit further.

Its blaringly obvious you dont do production material on your website
What do you mean by this?

3D Portfolio

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7/5/2012 10:01:57 AM (last edit: 7/5/2012 10:01:57 AM)
show user profile  donvella
What I mean by that is, your 3d looks more like a hobby then a project. Your renders are mostly great, however they all seem quite random; a car, a bedroom, a rug, a turntable, a few kitchen shots...

Take a look at this website if your interested in architecture.

I would think of removing words like 'personal project' and give these projects names, give a few different perspectives, sell the house. Architecture is about selling and as pretty as 3d close up images and dutch angle shots are, clients want 'photography' they can sell to the market.

You obviously understand the software and if you can do some basic compositing then thats half the hurdle. Keep applying, even junior positions would be a good option to give you an idea of production standards and build your portfolio.

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7/5/2012 12:43:55 PM (last edit: 7/5/2012 12:44:41 PM)
show user profile  reeves1984
Good points! I was thinking a similar thing about removing labels like personal projects too.

Maybe even to the point of not having sky on the tv, maximuscle posters on the walls, would that be allowed in a pro shoot for a gym? Maybe, maybe not.

Do you base your images on real buildings?

Simon Reeves - VFX Artist & Blog
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7/5/2012 1:25:34 PM (last edit: 7/5/2012 1:25:34 PM)
show user profile  rob@dynamic
Ok, when I have some time I shall remove the personal project titles.

I guess I need to get some actual paid work in there. I've just started a freelance arch-viz project that will be a good addition once i have it complete.

Some of my images are based on real buildings. The kitchen is my mums kitchen, the gym is my home gym, the nursery is our nursery. The rest a made up rooms.

3D Portfolio

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7/5/2012 1:29:12 PM (last edit: 7/5/2012 1:29:12 PM)
show user profile  Jock
If it was me, I wouldnt be putting the carpet up in your portfolio. Most people in the Arch-Vis field will instantly recognise it and all it really proves is that you followed the tutorial correctly. I mean have it in the room shots but I wouldnt make a specific shot of it unless you happened to come up with the process yourself.

You might think different of course but i've never put any tutorials on my porrtfolio.
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7/5/2012 1:39:10 PM (last edit: 7/5/2012 1:39:10 PM)
show user profile  STRAT
yup, your web space, particularly for arch-viz based employers in this country, is an instant window into exactly who and what you're about.

to be honest, yours is instantly lacking in any 'wow' or excitement value. it's big and black with 3 un-related thumbnails.

you want to instantly sell yourself. make yourself look good and employable from the first opening page. make it enticing. make it inviting and intriguing to the user. make the viewer want to get excited and enthused over your work.

an employer isnt really interested in specific skills or areas of expertise, he's interested in exactly how you can propel his company forward. This will be told by your bright, glossy pictures, and possibly a CV and description of why you're so employable. how he cant live without you.

i wouldn't worry too much about the word 'personal' in your portfolio page, but make the imagery more varied and exciting. words aren't really needed.

You have a great skill, even if your past experience might be lacking.

sell yourself.


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7/5/2012 2:17:57 PM (last edit: 7/5/2012 2:19:01 PM)
show user profile  rob@dynamic
So the general consensus is that I need to pull my finger out and actuall get a proper website rather than just the templayed on I have at the min from carbon made.

Nice little summer project for me

3D Portfolio

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7/5/2012 2:21:51 PM (last edit: 7/5/2012 2:21:51 PM)
show user profile  STRAT
not necessarily, but something that'll sell you and your experience.

look at mine - (very old now), it's uber simple as i wrote it myself in shitty html within a week of lunch hours, and it's not cutting edge or jaw droppingly awesome, but, especially when the content is updated, sells my wares perfectly for me. gotten me jobs and employment on countless occasions.
It's not too indulgent and full of wips, tutorials, technical jargon etc etc. it's an advert about me in a couple of sentences and pictures.

also look at your CV. mine was done and layed out and written professionally, so take mine as a template if you want.

get yourself a site that suits both your personal image and your employment image. not too much emphasis on skills or softwares (you might need to change and be flaxable) and dont cram it with texts and descriptions.


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7/5/2012 2:46:27 PM (last edit: 7/5/2012 2:48:19 PM)
show user profile  rob@dynamic
thanks STRAT. I shall look at upgrading and actually writing my own site over the summer. For now I have just played around with it quickly.

* Changed colour Scheme
* Put renders into categories
* Updated some details and links
* I shall update my cv tonight and add a link to that too

3D Portfolio

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7/5/2012 3:11:48 PM (last edit: 7/5/2012 3:11:48 PM)
show user profile  donvella
Wow strat, didnt know you did archviz. Your stuff is good! I agree with Strat, remove the software titles, you only need it once or where relevant (like mention if if your appling for a 3d studio max job lol). I also agree with Jock about the rug... and anything you think is less then terrific. If it doesnt look like that image could get you the job on the spot, remove it from your portfolio.

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7/6/2012 12:37:05 AM (last edit: 7/6/2012 12:37:57 AM)
show user profile  bonzepeet
If you're looking in London it'd be worth trying places like Taylor James or Rock Hunter, as they usually seem to be in need of arch-viz-y-product-designy types there.

Also might be worth getting down to one of the 3ds London nights (, it's usually swarming with arch-vis guys and the odd recruiter. I've only been once but I came away with a handful of business cards and an invitation to guest lecture at a university,s o it can be pretty productive for the ol' networking.

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7/6/2012 8:52:28 PM (last edit: 7/6/2012 8:52:28 PM)
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