Congratulations! Hope to see more of your works via pencil or any digital work. Nice to hear about the winning! ;) XD
Hmmm. Interesting discussion of pencils & mice. All tools have their advantages and disadvantages, appropriate uses and inappropriate applications. Many, if not most, tools are still in use today, including the stone chisel.
And congratulations, Magda on your competition success ! Ask your friendly jurors what they think about the balance of presentation form with design content.
However, the original question went unanswered - in order to learn new software : attend expensive seminar, or buy a book ?
My short answer: Time = Money; Which do you have more of ?
I've found professional training to be very useful in shortening learning curves. I have also gone to some not-so-great classes, or ones not matched to what I was looking for . I can rarely afford the classes, so I usually press ahead with determination, occasional frustration, and consuming plenty of time. In these cases, and when the class is a distant memory, a good reference book helps a LOT.
I would have to agree and focus on design. Let visualization software handle the presentation and use REFLEX Render. You can check out a demo for it at http://www.aaecs.com/reflexvideo... I hope this helps! Many of the world's largest firms are using it...
I STILL BELEIVE AT ARCHITECTURAL THESIS LEVEL A COMBINATION OF AUTOCAD, SKETCHUP &PHOTOSHOP IS THE BEST OPTION YOU HAVE. 3DS MAX IS TOO TIME CONSUMING & COMPLICATED IN COMPARISION TO SKETCHUP.
BESIDES U MAY ALSO USE PLUGINS IN SKECTHUP FOR RENDERING & AN ALMOST SIMILAR OUPUT MAY BE ACHEIVED THAT U MAY GET IN CASE OF A 3DS MAX RENDERED FILE.
I PERSONALLY USE SKETCHUP & M FINE WITH IT. REST ALL THE BEST :)