Architect/3D Artist Manuel Fuentes’s “One Facade A Day” are quick facade renderings done daily. The project consists of a series of different building facades created on a day to day basis as a design exercise trying to come up with new ideas every day and improve the speed of my workflow. Manuel tries to finish most of them during his lunch hour so that it doesn’t take up much of his free time, which in return motivates him work faster. Let’s see Manuel’s work!
Every morning I look online at all the great designs that are being built around the world so that I always have a base to start on when I try to come up with new designs then I try to focus on a specific aspect like a material (wood, concrete, steel) or a shape (square, hexagon, elipse) and draw from what is already in my mind and come up with something that looks like a real building.
As an architect, every time you begin working on a new project many variations on new designs are made and sometimes don’t go further than a sketch, so after see in other digital artists in different fields do similar projects, forcing themselves to create something new everyday for a month or longer, I decided to start this project focusing on buildings.
I wouldn’t say I have a specific style but as an architect my greatest inspirations are the Bauhaus movement (Mies van der Rohe) the Japanese masters (Kengo Kuma, Tadao Ando, Kenzo Tange, Toyo ito, Shigeru Ban), Norman Foster, Renzo Piano and Santiago Calatrava.
My advice would be: Always try to make your current project better than the last one you did, so that you are constantly improving in order to become a better artist.
About Manuel Fuentes
Manuel Fuentes is an architect with studies in Mexico and the UK, he mainly works as an architectural designer and 3d visualization artist in Mexico and in his free time, he works on personal project which sometimes are 3d and architecture related. He also like experimenting with other areas like character modeling and 2d illustrations. See more of his works on Behance or Squarespace.