SketchUp, Photography and Art Journal


Welcome to my blog site. This blog shows some of my art works that includes painting, ceramics, computer media, photography and other processes. My name is Nomer Adona, I graduated as an architect and urban planner. Currently, I am an IB, AP Art and Design teacher here at Saigon South International School Vietnam. I also teach elective subjects like photography and ceramics. This is my online journal where I wanted to share my thoughts and my knowledge not just with the field of art and photography but with my hobby, 3D Visualization.

I have been using 3D max since its first release 3DS max 1.0. I still remember buying all those 50-70USD books. It was difficult at that time to find online resources. Well, I was impatient with it. I was drawn with animation more than 3d rendering at that time. When SketchUp was released, together with an array of different rendering software other than scanline, I fell in love with its simple UI and productivity. Since then I shifted my workflow from modelling from autocad- importing to Max, to just SketchUp when it comes to architectural models. With the introduction of various rendering software like podium, vray and hypershot, the more I got stuck with this workflow. I still use and re-visit 3DSMax from time to time especially in final rendering, but many times like in Photography-bringing only my all around lens. Nowadays, 90% of my visualization is using SketchUp and VraySU.

I hope you will find the tutorials and resources here useful.


22 responses

  1. sid

    Hi Nomer

    I have just found about your blog/website. It looks impressive. Well done my friend.


    November 8, 2009 at 11:34 am

    • nomeradona

      thanks sid for your compliment.. appreciate it so much.. especially coming from you.

      November 8, 2009 at 2:30 pm

  2. Hi Nomer. Beautiful images. Will definitely be back for more. Can you place us on your subscription list? I didn’t see a button for it.

    November 9, 2009 at 11:46 am

    • nomeradona

      i dont know how to do that so far.

      November 9, 2009 at 11:11 pm

  3. Lookin good Nomer, Sketchupartists like your new site, well done so far!

    November 10, 2009 at 12:21 am

    • nomeradona

      thanks james. I am thrilled…

      November 10, 2009 at 6:04 am

  4. Nomer,
    It’s june again and I have Q?…. How do I make my materials glossy like you have and can you send me a link for tutorial in making glossy materials….With your help now I create my own by vray for sketchup engines.. its easy and quick… thank you to this idea.. it’s help alot for me to create 3d now…thank you and regards to your family…..

    November 22, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    • nomeradona

      download the manual of vray su at you need to register and you can go to the download section. it’s actually easy, go to the material editor and click on your material. just add refelction layer. step by step thing can be seen on the manual. explanations of each parameter is also there.

      also you can visit there are tons of tutorials there too. of course i am busy there too.

      November 27, 2009 at 6:28 am

  5. Thank you…and I will register cgpinoy ….


    November 29, 2009 at 3:17 am

  6. Hey dude, i follow your works at the foru m and now im here ate the blog. . im a fan of yours rsrs !!!

    I was wondering if i can add link to your blog at mine . . be welcome to visit and send me a msg about adding the link ! C – ya. . kwwp doing good !


    January 23, 2010 at 1:17 am

    • nomeradona

      sure you can add it anytime.

      January 29, 2010 at 2:15 am

  7. Once I initially commented I clicked the -Notify me when new feedback are added- checkbox and now every time a comment is added I get four emails with the same comment. Is there any method you possibly can remove me from that service? Thanks!

    January 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    • nomeradona

      honestly, i dont know how to do that so far. i will look at this.

      January 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm

  8. krisnel

    hellow sir, can i ask? hehe,, im just wondering if sir nomer in cgpinoy and you is only same person? anyway congratulations sir, asgvis recognize your candle light tutorials in there asgvis news dated january 18,2011. that why when i click the link i open this site.

    January 21, 2011 at 6:10 am

    • nomeradona

      yes the same. this is my blogsite.

      January 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm

  9. Hello –I found your Blog onGoogle. I must say, I’m impressed with your site. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs and information was very easy to access.Pretty awesome.

    January 23, 2011 at 12:37 am

    • nomeradona


      January 25, 2011 at 12:02 pm

  10. Hello, i´m a CEO of a litle arquitecture office, we started our work since March 2010, and im totaly interessed to contract your services for modeling and rendering four our projects, contact us please.


    Ivan Pinhão

    April 7, 2011 at 10:19 am

    • nomeradona

      ok will do.

      April 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm

  11. kieth merrill

    Do you do SketchUp? I am a film producer who is developing a theater project in China. I have basic preliminary architectural drawings for the renovation of an existing theater near the Great Wall. The architects don’t have time and want too much money to do a ‘precise CAD’ 3-D walk through – Besides, I want an ARTIST not an ENGINEER since the walk through is for presentation purposes to dazzle the city and the Tourism Board to finalize our deal with them.

    It has to be finished by Thursday of this coming week. I have photograph of the building (The exterior does not change at all – only the roof line a tine bit), I have very old blueprints (in Chinese but sufficient to get scale) and of course the new and current floor plan and side view of the proposed renovation. It doesn’t have to be accurate it just has to be way cool.

    Are you the person I’m looking for?

    Kieth Merrill  916 847 9991

    April 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    • nomeradona

      Let me email you..

      April 17, 2011 at 2:05 am

  12. Hello Mr. nomeradona ,
    may I use your cobblestonepicture for creating a new font for my blog ?
    It’s this picture “ “.

    July 19, 2011 at 10:18 pm

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