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How Chia-chi Krause mastered V-Ray for SketchUp in only 3 weeks with the Archilime Academy

Updated: Jul 31, 2023

You know how much we love seeing the work of our talented students who complete our courses and create stunning CGIs using V-Ray for SketchUp. 🙌

Well, today I want to spotlight one of them, Chia-chi Krause, an interior designer, CGI artist and 3D visualiser based in Oldenburg, Germany.

Chia-chi enrolled in our Complete Guide to V-Ray for SketchUp course earlier this month and completed it in just three weeks. She applied the skills and techniques she learned from the course to create a beautiful project called “Breakfast in Bed”, which showcases her talent and creativity.

In this blog post, I will share with you how Chia-chi achieved remarkable results with our course and how you can do the same.

Chia-chi's Bedroom CGI created using V-Ray for SketchUp

How we met Chia-chi

We connected with Chia-chi on LinkedIn last year over a discussion on how to calibrate monitors so that images are consistently represented across different monitors - an important topic for anyone in the creative industry.

We have been in touch ever since and earlier this month, Chia-chi enrolled in our course which took her CGI skills to the next level!

Chia-chi's Bedroom CGI created using V-Ray for SketchUp - view of the bed

How Chia-chi applied the teachings from the course

What I love about Chia-chi’s project is how well she has been able to apply the teachings from the course immediately to her work. Everything from lighting to materiality, to scene composition demonstrates how confident she has become in creating compelling CGIs using V-Ray for SketchUp.

I knew nothing of the workflow between SketchUp & V-Ray. I decided to take the paid course Complete Guide to Vray for SketchUp offered by the Archilime Academy. This course is well-structured in terms of theory, practice and communication skills when presenting design to the clients.

She shared with us her workflow and some of the challenges she faced and overcame during her learning journey. Here are some of the highlights:

  • She started by modelling a simple bedroom and cabinets using SketchUp Pro 2023. She chose a mid-century modern style to keep the modelling clean and à la mode.

  • She followed our course step by step, learning the theory and practice of V-Ray for SketchUp. She learned how to set up the camera, lights, materials, render settings, and post-processing.

  • In particular, Chia-chi mentions how the “Lighting Hierarchy” unit helped her create a more balanced lighting scene, which is something that many struggle with. She also used V-Ray Fur for the bedside rug and V-Ray Scatter for the vegetation outside the window.

  • After experimenting with different camera views, field of view, and depth of field, Chia-chi felt comfortable creating different moods and feelings for her images. She wanted to go for a more intimate feeling around the breakfast tray, which she achieved by using a shallow depth of field.

Chia-chi's Bedroom CGI created using V-Ray for SketchUp - Breakfast in bed

How our course helped Chia-chi improve her skills and workflow

Our Complete Guide to V-Ray for SketchUp course is designed to help you master V-Ray for SketchUp in a fast and efficient way. It covers everything you need to know to create realistic and stunning 3D visualisations using V-Ray for SketchUp.

The course is self-paced, so you can learn at your own speed and convenience. It consists of 9 chapters covering every aspect of V-Ray for SketchUp. You will also get access to our online community where you can interact with other learners and instructors with the opportunity to ask for and give feedback!

The course also teaches you how to communicate your design effectively to your clients using V-Ray for SketchUp. You will learn how to present your work professionally using techniques derived from our professional ArchViz studio, Archilime Visualisations.

Chia-chi told us that our course helped her improve her workflow, creativity, and productivity. She said that learning by doing was the best way to practise new skills, and we are in complete agreement. By committing to the course and applying it to live projects, is where true mastery of V-Ray for SketchUp comes.

How you can achieve similar results with our V-Ray for SketchUp course

If you are inspired by Chia-chi’s work and want to achieve similar results with our course, I have some good news for you. Anyone that signs up for our mailing list will receive a 20% coupon code to use on their own Complete Guide to V-Ray for SketchUp course.

The course is self-paced, so you can purchase now, and start it whenever you want and access it for life.

To find out about how you could emulate Chia-chi, click on the button below for more info.

I hope you enjoyed this spotlight blog on Chia-chi Krause and her amazing work. If you want to check out more of her work, you can visit her LinkedIn profile. If you need 3D visuals for your projects, you can also reach out to her directly.

When you check out her work, please also note the references that she provided for her project. She used some assets from 3D Warehouse and Chaos Cosmos, which are great resources for adding realism and detail to your renders. See below for more details of the project:



Computer Specs


Thank you for reading and I hope to see you on one of our courses soon!


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