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Frank M. Costantino
FM Costantino, Inc.

April 30, 2015 5pm EST
"Watercolor Demo with Frank M. Costantino"
From his studio, Frank will be conducting a live watercolor demo of a bridge at Boston’s famous Charles River, similar to artworks he has produced for the Charles River Conservancy over the years. An expert and engaging instructor, Frank will explain his process in the course of completing this watercolor painting - with his palette choices, paper section, brushes, techniques, and the intricacies of this demanding but magical medium. There will be opportunity for viewers to call in questions during the demo, with answers to the call-ins. This promises to be a unique and informative session for ASAI & CRC.

The original work from this demo is currently up for auction. MAKE YOUR BID NOW! The auction will be available until 7:00pm EST on Thursday, April 30. The winner will be announced at the end of the webinar.

Frank Costantino, an architectural illustrator for over forty years, has served renowned architectural, design, and development firms throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. He is a recipient of the Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize – the world’s most prestigious award for architectural illustration – as well as other awards from the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI). A recipient of the Arthur Ross Award from the Institute of Classical Art and Architecture in New York, he shares the distinction with one colleague as the only illustrators in the world to receive both the Ferriss and the Ross awards.

His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably at The Art Institute of Chicago, New York’s Urban Center, the Octagon Museum in Washington, D.C., as well as in Tokyo, Seoul, Berlin, and Lisbon. Award winning artworks from his career have been published in more nearly fifty books or catalogues. Since 1987, his drawings or paintings have been accepted into annual juried exhibitions. Representative drawings for Chicago projects are included in the permanent collection of The Art Institute of Chicago.

His commissions, for a stellar clientele including Cesar Pelli, Moshe Safdie, I.M. Pei & Partners, and Robert Stern, span a wide range of projects around the world, including skyscrapers, office buildings, museums, concert halls and aquariums, among others. He has also designed five post cards for the US Postal Service’s Historic Preservation series. Since 1994, he has been listed in Who’s Who In America.

As one of the founders of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI), he has helped establish an international network of delineators throughout the US, Canada, England, Europe, Japan, Australia, Korea, and other countries. He was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from ASAI, for his many contributions to that organization. On behalf of the Society and with his co‐founders, Mr. Costantino received Institute Honors from the American Institute of Architects in 1995. He was also nominated by, and received AIA Fellowship (FAIA) from the Boston Society of Architects. Frank is an Honorary Life Member of the Japan Architectural Renderers Association (JARA), Tokyo, an Honorary Member of New York’s Society of Illustrators (SI), and a Fellow in the Society of Architectural and Industrial Illustrators (FSAI), Britain.

He has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Boston Architectural Center, and the Rhode Island School of Design, as well as guest‐lectured at other institutions across the U.S. and overseas. As a member of the Advisory Council to the School of Architecture at Lawrence Technological University in Michigan, he assisted in the development of the country’s first degree‐granting program in architectural illustration.

Mr. Costantino is also a Founding Director of the American Society of Illustrators Partnership (ASIP), a consortium of national illustration groups that advocate for the collective rights, royalties and business issues for thousands of artists from varied disciplines and professional practices.

He also conducts seminars in illustration to architects at locations around the country, offering courses in architectural watercolor for all levels of experience, with workshops and field sketching programs. He is a Signature Member of both the New England and North East Watercolor Societies (NEWS), and a member of the Salmagundi Club of New York, as well as other regional and local associations. His fine art watercolors have been accepted into national shows, while many of his works are in private collections.

Mr. Costantino is a contributor to professional publications about the business practices of his profession, including essays on the subjects of perspective and watercolor. He continues to assist, in various capacities, in the many affairs of ASAI, including its highly acclaimed annual exhibitions, Architecture In Perspective. Mr. Costantino is regarded as one of the world’s most respected practitioners in, and vigorous proponents for, the field of architectural illustration.


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Carlos Cristerna
Associate Principal | Director of Visualization

"The Basics of 3D Rendering"
The following is a clip of a recent webinar hosted by the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. Carlos Cristerna of Neoscape shared the basic principles that he personally uses to do a rendering regardless of size. He used a very simple example created recently just as a quick exercise.

Some of the topics he demonstrated were:
Camera composition and lighting
Basic techniques in Vray
Photoshop compositing

The idea was to minimize the back and forth between applications and get the best result possible from 3ds Max so that you can concentrate on simple adjustments to stylize your rendering in Photoshop. - See more at:

The full webinar is available to members of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. For more information about membership please contact HQ at

Carlos Cristerna
With Neoscape since 2005, Carlos leads the studio’s film and 3D animation teams. His background in architecture, balanced with an established artistic expertise, is reflected in all aspects of his work, each piece deftly choreographed for its intended audience. As 3D visualization director, Carlos oversees Neoscape’s teams of digital artists to ensure the most accurate portrayal of project design, creating a deliberate mood and atmosphere that supports project brand messaging. His decade of experience encompasses everything from architecture, design, and film, and provides him with an enviable skill set that makes him a finalist for multiple architectural illustration awards annually. He has received several awards and recognition including the ASAI Award of Excellence in 2009 and the 2010 ASAI Formal Award in addition to having his work in publications such as Ballistic Publishing’s Expose and Elemental books. Most notably, in 2013 he oversaw a project that received ASAI’s prestigious Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa.


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Aleksander Novak-Zemplinski

Timeless lessons from old masters and how we can apply them with the digital tools of today.
In this compact presentation we will talk about about the universal rules of composition that almost never change regardless of the technique, the tools or the medium we use in contemporary illustration and design work.

We will also touch upon the parallels between architectural illustration and fine art and possible predictions of the evolution of this profession in the future.

Aleksander Novak-Zemplinski
Graduate of the UCLA Department of Architecture & Urban Design. In 2005 founded an illustration and design company bioLINIA.

The illustrations produced by bioLINIA have won many awards including the 2012 Hugh Ferris Memorial Prize. bioLINIA has provided imagery to many winning projects in high-profile architectural competitions around the world.

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Ben Althoff

"Vray Sample Rate" Pass Techniques for Faster Better Quality Images
In this tutorial we'll attempt to cover and clarify how to optimize your V-Ray render settings to get the best possible render quality and fastest render time for a given scene.

Ben Althoff is an award winning architectural illustrator with a fine art background. He owns and operates his own company, Polycount Studios, LLC.

Honors & Awards
Expose 7 - March - 2009
3D Creative magazine issue - April 2009
cgarchitects - Visualization pro of the Week - March 2010

Chaos Group provides innovative rendering solutions for the media, entertainment, and design industries. For over a decade their flagship rendering software, V-Ray(r), has set the standard for speed, quality, reliability and ease of use, and it has become the rendering engine of choice for renowned international studios.

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