Today I am beginning to review the content in Andrew Price's Architecture Academy for Blender. I signed up for this online course in March of 2013 and then never had time to work on it. Life just gets in the way sometimes. Architectural illustration is something I have been wanting to explore for some time now. I have always been interested in old structures and the renovation of all items old and discarded. I studied architecture in college for a while but was never smart enough to keep up. With this realization of my limitations, I opted out for a career in illustration and design. I'm certainly not complaining. I have been very fortunate to withstand all of the ups and downs associated with my career path.
This course looks to be very robust and filled with free assets to help anyone get started. Everything from free furniture models to materials and HDR backgrounds. The course is well worth the expense just for the included assets. The course is closed at the moment getting updates and revisions but will be available again in the spring of 2014. If you are working in Blender or want to get started in Blender, Andrew is certainly a very seasoned artist to follow.
Blender is a free, 3D, open source application used to build models, scenes and conceptual illustrations. The best part of Blender is it's FREE, but don't let that scare you away from this powerful program. It has a huge community of users and is constantly being refined and updated to keep up with 3D demands. I started using Blender about a year ago after the program I was using just lost focus. I also taught a 3D visualization course at Ivy Tech Community College which utilized Blender for its course content.