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Sketchup-ur-space Magazine - June 14

Author : Jason R. Diocera

My Story with SketchUp

Hello friends! My name is Jason R.Diocera. I come from Philippines. I graduated in 2004 from Technological University of the Philippines with Architecture Technology. Currently, I am working as CAD Operator and 3d modeler Rendered and interested with art, music and Playing Basketball in my past time. And in the next few lines I am going to tell you about my story with SketchUp. 

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Since childhood, I love to draw a lot, especially making portrait and Charcoal drawings. Therefore, after high school, I want a course that suites my interest like architecture or fine arts. However, eventually I choose architecture for my course.
When I finish my studies in architecture and work as a cad operator in a construction company back then, I was introduced by my office mate and friend Sonny Miranda about Google SketchUp in early 2008. 

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At first I was not happy about the application because the settings are too cartoonist, but eventually when I spend time to explore the software, I found out that the software is more interesting and easy to manipulate the commands when you make a model or edit it. I immediately liked this because it’s very user friendly. I just import DWG files from AutoCAD and then I started making the modeling in SketchUp, and it was very enjoyable. Every day I work on my skills in SketchUp modeling to improve and develop my skills and enhance my capabilities. 

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Afterward, in 2009 I use different rendering software like Podium and Rendetioner. But the output of it is not like a realistic presentation. But in mid 2010 somebody told me that the VRay for SketchUp is more realistic rendering suitable for the SketchUp users like me. I started to know about VRay for SketchUp and begin to learn more about it until now. VRay for SketchUp is a program that I was waiting to be used because it can produce such images look realistic. 

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When the first time I used VRay for SketchUp, the result was not very good and satisfying at all. Because I try explore what VRay can bring in rendering model to satisfy my works. Since then, I search and watching some video tutorials in YouTube, blog sites to learn how the basics and tricks when using the VRay SketchUp. I even download a manual to read and understand one by one of the topics like how to make light, bump, displacement etc. It took months and months and trial test to my model to achieve the goal of rendering a realistic scene. 

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Then in October 2011 I was able to render and create a nice realistic scene. I was happy and relieve because for months and months of practice, reading and watching tutorials, I have made it. Now I can render a scene through hard work and determination pays off. 
For now am still learning and still exploring other ideas to enhance my knowledge and skills in SketchUp and VRay. I want to share my ideas and give some advice to others whom are first time in SketchUp tutorials. Finally, never give up achieving your goal. Stay focus and enjoy modeling. 

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Pleased to thank you for reading my story. Stay safe everyone.

diocerajasonr@yahoo.com 

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