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Richard Benson

www.pikcells.com


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ABOUT ME

We are Pikcells, a design driven CGI studio founded in Huddersfield in 2003. The focus of our work is making extremely good looking CGI and really useful Interactive solutions for large and small clients. Each project is treated equally with the goal of producing relevant and original work that is valuable and useful to our clients. Design is a ubiquitous part of what we do and is woven into the fabric of our company. We firmly believe that good design is the cornerstone of good image making and ensure that this is element is fundamental to each project we take on. Over the years we have built up a tremendously talented team, most of whom have a strong design background, and this foundation means we can successfully take on a variety of project types spanning CGI, visualization, Interior and exterior design and apps. We are most comfortable sat between the converging areas of cutting edge technology and art. We are infatuated with the disruptive technologies flooding the market today and are always looking for how these can be incorporated into effective solutions for our clients. For more than a decade we have used imagination, problem solving and flair to create rich digital and moving imagery for clients nationally and internationally.

My Top Software

3dsmax
After Effects
Photoshop
Corona Renderer
V-Ray
RailClone
ZBrush
Forest Pack

Shaker Kitchen CGI

May 16, 2019 / in 3dsmax, After Effects, Corona Renderer, Photoshop / by Richard Benson

A series of images displaying our client's shaker cabinet doors in various colour finishes. Multiple camera angles have been used to create the illusion of different room sets for each unit finish.

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Solo Kitchen Interior CGI

May 16, 2019 / in 3dsmax, After Effects, Corona Renderer, Photoshop / by Richard Benson

A bold statement kitchen interior with blue slab doors and contrasting copper finishes.

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Industrial CGI Kitchen Interior

May 16, 2019 / in 3dsmax, After Effects, Corona Renderer, Photoshop / by Richard Benson

Using on trend German kitchen designs in an interior with exposed brick, vaulted warehouse ceilings and dark metal frames our stylists and CG artists have created a magnificent industrial space.

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Greenwich Black Crittall Interior Door CGI

May 16, 2019 / in 3dsmax, After Effects, Corona Renderer, Photoshop / by Richard Benson

A monochrome style door CGI with effective natural lighting.

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Manhattan Interior Door CGI

May 16, 2019 / in 3dsmax, After Effects, Corona Renderer, Photoshop / by Richard Benson

We created a number of images for our client to exhibit their door sets, in this set we designed the image to be bright and airy with natural lighting. We used 3DSMax and Corona renderer for this project with additional photoshop work on the soft furnishings.

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Texxtile Maison Noce Bathrooms

May 16, 2019 / in 3dsmax, After Effects, Corona Renderer, Photoshop / by Richard Benson

Small details make a big difference and these bathroom CG images for a tiling client are packed with them.

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Montpellier Soft Pink Door CGI

May 16, 2019 / in 3dsmax, After Effects, Corona Renderer, Photoshop / by Richard Benson

A minimal, conservative interior created to exhibit our client's new indulgent door designs.

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Vancouver Oak

May 16, 2019 / in 3dsmax, After Effects, Corona Renderer, Photoshop / by Richard Benson

A stylised CG room-set created for our new internal door client

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Shaker Forest Alchemy

May 16, 2019 / in 3dsmax, After Effects, Corona Renderer, Photoshop / by Richard Benson

A new set of interior kitchen images featuring a dark colour palette.

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Shaker Forest Shadow

May 16, 2019 / in 3dsmax, After Effects, Corona Renderer, Photoshop / by Richard Benson

A new set of interior kitchen images created last month. Our client wanted to exhibit their new Shaker kitchen doors in a light and airy space with some simple props that did not detract from the product.

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Autumn CG Kitchen 2018

May 16, 2019 / in 3dsmax, After Effects, Corona Renderer, Photoshop / by Richard Benson

In this new CG image set, our client wanted an autumn theme in line with current trends, we used Marvelous Designer, 3DSMax and Corona renderer for this project around 99.9% of which is CGI.

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Christmas CG Kitchens 2017

May 16, 2019 / in 3dsmax, RailClone, V-Ray, ZBrush / by Richard Benson

Beautiful, festive Christmas kitchen CGI for a client

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Shaker Kitchen CGI

A series of images displaying our client's shaker cabinet doors in various colour finishes. Multiple...

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Solo Kitchen Interior CGI

A bold statement kitchen interior with blue slab doors and contrasting copper finishes.

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116

Industrial CGI Kitchen Interior

Using on trend German kitchen designs in an interior with exposed brick, vaulted warehouse ceilings...

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Greenwich Black Crittall Interior Door CGI

A monochrome style door CGI with effective natural lighting.

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155

Manhattan Interior Door CGI

We created a number of images for our client to exhibit their door sets, in this set we designed the...

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161

Texxtile Maison Noce Bathrooms

Small details make a big difference and these bathroom CG images for a tiling client are packed with...

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155

Montpellier Soft Pink Door CGI

A minimal, conservative interior created to exhibit our client's new indulgent door designs.

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120

Vancouver Oak

A stylised CG room-set created for our new internal door client

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210

Shaker Forest Alchemy

A new set of interior kitchen images featuring a dark colour palette.

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286

Shaker Forest Shadow

A new set of interior kitchen images created last month. Our client wanted to exhibit their new...

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206

Autumn CG Kitchen 2018

In this new CG image set, our client wanted an autumn theme in line with current trends, we used...

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Christmas CG Kitchens 2017

Beautiful, festive Christmas kitchen CGI for a client

Shaker Kitchen CGI

Richard Benson

May 16, 2019 / in 3dsmax, After Effects, Corona Renderer, Photoshop / by Richard Benson

Earlier in the year we were commissioned to create a number of images displaying our client’s shaker cabinet doors in various colour finishes. We crafted a large kitchen-dining room, with a high level of detail which allowed us to create multiple camera angles. Given that a number of shots were to be created great care was taken to ensure accuracy with room props and styling.

The images were all created using 3DS Max and the final scenes rendered with Corona Renderer. As usual, finishing details and tweaks were made in post production with Photoshop for better accuracy to the product finish.

Studio: Pikcells Ltd
Personal/Commissioned: Commissioned Project
Location: Huddersfield

Solo Kitchen Interior CGI

Richard Benson

May 16, 2019 / in 3dsmax, After Effects, Corona Renderer, Photoshop / by Richard Benson

Our client wanted to make a statement with this interior by using a smooth slab-door kitchen in a vibrant blue. Our stylists contrasted this with gola brushed copper rails and accessories, a mirrored backsplash and used slice marble floors and marble worksurfaces for a luxurious but minimal result.

Studio: Pikcells
Personal/Commissioned: Commissioned Project
Location: Huddersfield

Industrial CGI Kitchen Interior

Richard Benson

May 16, 2019 / in 3dsmax, After Effects, Corona Renderer, Photoshop / by Richard Benson

The brief here was to create a bold industrial interior with vast open spaces. By using on trend German kitchen designs in an interior with exposed brick, vaulted warehouse ceilings and dark metal frames our stylists and CG artists have created a magnificent industrial space.

Studio: Pikcells
Personal/Commissioned: Commissioned Project
Location: Huddersfield

Greenwich Black Crittall Interior Door CGI

Richard Benson

May 16, 2019 / in 3dsmax, After Effects, Corona Renderer, Photoshop / by Richard Benson

We often get asked how we manage to get the lighting in our images looking so realistic. Each scene is lit in a traditional photographic way, no HDRIs or Sun/Sky systems. Bounce boards push indirect light into the scene and custom IES profiles replicate spot lights to imitate the sun and other internal lights.

Studio: Pikcells
Personal/Commissioned: Commissioned Project
Location: Huddersfield

Manhattan Interior Door CGI

Richard Benson

May 16, 2019 / in 3dsmax, After Effects, Corona Renderer, Photoshop / by Richard Benson

We decided to use very clean and natural lighting in this set to create a focus area around the door set. We’ve used the window in the outer room to accentuate the elegance of the bevelled glass in the art deco french doors. As always our artists have created props and furnishings from scratch to style the room. Soft furnishings and botanical elements have been tweaked in post to add to the realism.

Studio: Pikcells
Personal/Commissioned: Commissioned Project
Location: Huddersfield

Texxtile Maison Noce Bathrooms

Richard Benson

May 16, 2019 / in 3dsmax, After Effects, Corona Renderer, Photoshop / by Richard Benson

When working with our tiling clients we produce strong interiors packed full of detail to enhance the tiles in the best possible way. This beautiful bathroom set was created to be configured with a wide range of their tiles.

Studio: Pikcells
Personal/Commissioned: Commissioned Project
Location: Huddersfield

Montpellier Soft Pink Door CGI

Richard Benson

May 16, 2019 / in 3dsmax, After Effects, Corona Renderer, Photoshop / by Richard Benson

Internal doors are often overlooked as a feature of an interior, with many homes traditionally having white painted doors throughout. We wanted to flaunt alternatives to the norm by using an eye-catching pink finish for this door design. We set the natural lighting from one side to emphasise the raised and fielded mouldings and staged the door flat to the camera. The bedding was simulated with Marvelous Designer and botanical elements added in post production.

Studio: Pikcells
Personal/Commissioned: Commissioned Project
Location: Huddersfield

Vancouver Oak

Richard Benson

May 16, 2019 / in 3dsmax, After Effects, Corona Renderer, Photoshop / by Richard Benson

The challenge with our new door client was to make their products the centre of attention without the interior being too prominent. We used a flat on composition to display as much of the door as possible with the lighting and staging directing your focus in the right area.

Studio: Pikcells
Personal/Commissioned: Commissioned Project
Location: Huddersfield

Shaker Forest Alchemy

Richard Benson

May 16, 2019 / in 3dsmax, After Effects, Corona Renderer, Photoshop / by Richard Benson

A slick combination of natural light and under unit lighting have been used to add depth to these images. Great models and materials meant we didn’t need to do much retouching, although the lighting was quite complex in the end due to the dark colour scheme.

Studio: Pikcells
Personal/Commissioned: Commissioned Project
Location: Huddersfield

Shaker Forest Shadow

Richard Benson

May 16, 2019 / in 3dsmax, After Effects, Corona Renderer, Photoshop / by Richard Benson

Great models and materials meant we didn’t need to do much retouching on these images, everything came together really well with a simple lighting setup. As ever we used our custom IES lighting profiles and reflector boards to illuminate the space.
A few bits of food and plant photography were then shot and composited on in photoshop.

Studio: Pikcells Ltd
Personal/Commissioned: Commissioned Project
Location: Huddersfield

Autumn CG Kitchen 2018

Richard Benson

May 16, 2019 / in 3dsmax, After Effects, Corona Renderer, Photoshop / by Richard Benson

We were commissioned with creating a kitchen space with an autumnal theme for one of our clients but didn’t want to fall into the trap of using too many obvious autumn references. Our designers have done a fantastic job of keeping this set warm and cozy with a minimal sprinkling of the archetypal autumn items. The kitchen remains light and spacious, even with the use of dark tiles, units and black crittall doors.
Using Marvelous Designer allowed us to create compelling, realistic looking soft fabrics and the room was styled using complimenting traditional furnishings, in line with current trends. We used Corona renderer to produce the final CG images with minimal retouching so this project is around 99.9% CGI.

Studio: Pikcells Ltd
Personal/Commissioned: Commissioned Project
Location: Huddersfield

Christmas CG Kitchens 2017

Richard Benson

May 16, 2019 / in 3dsmax, RailClone, V-Ray, ZBrush / by Richard Benson

Last years Christmas CG images went down so well that we created 2 sets this year. Both designed by our Senior Designer Tan, fully CG, no with no photography at all. We used photogrammetry techniques to create some really nice food models. Read more here http://www.pikcells.com/lab/photogrammetry-cg-food-tests/ Superb job on this project from Darren, Jordan, Rich Ip, Ben and Jon.

Studio: Pikcells Ltd
Personal/Commissioned: Commissioned
Location:

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