Ryan Knope

-Professional 3D Artistry-

Short Updates Blog

1-25-2021 -Office Relocation - Operations
The office has been moved from Denver, Colorado to Rochester, NY. Everything is fully functional at this point and I am moving forward with contracts and commissions both Digital and Traditional. I am working on making several additions and updates to the website as well. Cheers!

3-19-2020 -Ryan Knope Available For Freelance
I am now available for Freelance or Full Time work. My tenure at Norris Design in Denver, Colorado has ended due to layoffs during Corona Virus. Please contact me for any of your rendering or graphics needs! I have also updated my equipment for better service and quality.

4-2-2019 - Ryan Knope Joins Norris Design
I am joining Norris Design Full Time as a 3D Artist.During my tenure at Norris Design I will be unable to complete freelance requests. Many Thanks!

12-15-2018 - Ryan Knope Vis On Instagram
Finally I joined Instagram a few days ago. So far I really like it. I have posted about 20 pieces of artwork, ranging from Traditional to 3D Renderings.
Check me out on Instagram.



12-13-2018 - RenderHub Article
I recently wrote an article / blog about selling 3D Models and 2D items. It is featured on RenderHub. It discusses Tips and Tricks for making more residual income from selling online. You can view the article HERE on RenderHub.

12-11-2018 - New Equipment For Better 3D
The office is getting an upgrade. It has been quite a few years since a new computer entered the office, so I decided this is the time to do so.

The new 3D machine has Intel® Core™ i9-9920X Processor (12x 3.50GHz/19.25MB L3 Cache), 32 GB Ram and all SSD drives. This should aid in producing upcoming animations and render sets that I plan on shortly.

The video / graphics card is also VR (Virtual Reality) ready. It should be a nice addition and allow for very quick rendering and more projects. I can't wait to do a benchmark test on this one!

11-30-2018 - Website, Substance and Unreal
I am beginning a bit of an overhaul on the website.
There will be a Full Page Blog added, Details For Each Gallery Image will slowly be implemented as well

I have begun learning Substance Painter and UnReal Engine 4. These are going to prove extremely useful in the future. I will be showing updates to projects with these in my blog.

11-21-18 - 3D Model Sales

I am leaving "Squidguild" on Turbosquid to begin selling my 3D Models on several sites. I have begun listing my models for sale on RenderHub and 3DExport. Click the links in the paragraph to view my stores.

Currently I am also writing an article for RenderHub that discusses Tips and Tricks of Selling 3D Models. I will update that here once it is complete and online

About Ryan

Welcome to the portfolio of Ryan W. Knope. Please feel free to check out all of the different sections of visualization in the portfolio menu.

I was a monthly columnist for 3D Artist Magazine, an internationally shipped 3D Trade publication from Europe.

I was also Art Director for the game "Lacuna Expanse" during it's duration. The game was also converted into a board game, in which my artwork was used.

Being a full time freelance 3d artist makes me available for contract and project discussion at any time.

I create almost every type of VFX or

Quick Facts:

Years Experience: 22 Years

Program Expertise: 3dsMax, Photoshop, ZBrush, MudBox, VRay, Brazil RS, Mental Ray, After Effects, Piranesi, Forest Pro

Environment Design, Architecural Vis. Architectural or Interior Animations, Still Renders of any type or design.

Location: Rochester, NY, USA

Type Of Work:
Available For Contract / Freelance.

Work Remotely: Yes

Work On Site:

Yes (Download / View)

Government Contractor: Yes

Ryan Knope Visualization Is A Donor

Ryan Knope is a donor for "Folding at Home" and "Rosetta" supporting Cancer Research through donating %100 percent of our CPU and GPU power to analyze proteins while our computers are not dedicated to our rendering clients.

So far we have went from "Folding @ Home" donor rank 1,805,471 to the rank of 53,748... Please Join Us!

Let's give scientists a closer look at the many important proteins and change the world...

- University Of Washington
Folding@Home - Stanford University

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Letters Of Recommendation:

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Featured Publications

During the 1999 - 2002 time period I had written several chapters for Charles River Publishing's book, "3D Graphics Tutorial Collection", USA Based "3D Artist Magazine", and published with several online sites teaching the art of 3D Design, working with the likes of Bill Fleming and Shamms Mortier.

In 2009 I began writing and teaching again. These include published pieces in several places. A few such companies are "Imagine Publishing - 3D Artist Magazine, Instatuts
and CG Arena.

I was a monthly columnist for 3D Artist Magazine for 18 issues and had 3 featured articles. Some of the featured articles spanning over 6 pages, showing how I created certain artworks.

Please check out the list below of publications and articles. I hope they help further the education of your computer graphics.


In Order Of Date

Architecture In Perspective 29
(Printed Book) (ASAI)
Publisher: ASAI
Publication Date: 2014

Rendering In Sketchup

(Printed Book) (Daniel Tal)
Publisher: Wiley
Publication: March 25th, 2013

Documentary Film Making For Archaeol.
(Printed Book) (Peter Pepe & Joseph Zarzynski)
Publisher: Left Coast Press In.
Publication: October 2012

3D Artist Magazine (Europe)
(Printed Magazine) (18 Issues)
Publisher: Imagine Publishing
Publications: 2009 - 2012

Agent Sales Journal
(Printed Magazine) (1 Issue)
Publisher: Summit Business Media
Publication: June 2011

Architecture In Perspective 26
(Printed Book) (ASAI)
Publisher: ASAI
Publication Date: 2011

CG Arena

Making Of Tutorial
Internet Publication 2011


Multiple Publications
Internet Publication 2009-2012

3D Graphics Tutorial Collection
(Printed Book) (Shamms Mortier)
Publisher: Charles River Media
Publication: Janurary 2nd, 2001

3D Artist Magazine (America)
(Printed Magazine) (1 Issue)
Publication: 1999

Mastering 3D Graphics
Multiple Publications
Publisher: Bill Fleming - Charles River Media
Publications: 1999

Magazines / Issues

3D - ARTIST MAGAZINE (Imagine Publishing)
I was a monthly columnist for 3D Artist Magazine (European) and still write for them from time to time. I have written in 18 Issues thus far.

• Issue 5
2 major articles. One featuring the creation of a beach / city waterscape. The other going through the creation process of the image above in the header.

• Issue 7
This is when I started my column as the Architectural voice in the Q&A section. This issue featured building creation and how to reuse elements.

• Issue 8
This months Q&A section features problems with seeing inside a window with a sun system or heavy exterior lighting.

• Issue 9
In issue 9's Q&A we will tackle a interior pool scene and more. There are quite a few things I touch on with this one.

• Issue 10
In issue 10's Q&A we will discuss animating an exterior neon sign.

• Issue 11
In issue 11's Q&A we will discuss a realistic exterior patio with displacement 
• Issue 12
In this issues Q&A column I discuss the use of alternative building materials and uses.

• Issue 13
Here I discuss making a scene look like it has just rained.

• Issue 14
This months Q&A section features Depth Of Field and Camera Correction.

• Issue 15
In issue 15's Q&A we will tackle filling a stores shelves quickly and easily.

• Issue 16
In issue 16's Q&A we will discuss creating soft, plush bedroom materials. There is also a top tips column by me.

• Issue 17
In issue 17's Q&A we will discuss day time / night time moods and how to successfully take part in the mood swing. 

• Issue 18
This months Q&A section features Depth Of Field and Camera Correction.

• Issue 19
In issue 19 I speak about MR Proxy files and how they can benefit us all.

• Issue 20
In issue 20 I discuss Ambient Occlusion, the benefits and how to set it up using Mental Ray in 3dsmax.

• Issue 21
In issue 21 I discuss master plan renderings, tips and techniques. This issue also has a large feature article by me explaining step by step mansion creation for the rendering; Mansion At 6 Evan Way.

• Issue 22
In issue 22 I go over realistic wood materials for furniture.

• Issue 24
In issue 24 I discuss quickly creating store fronts inside a shopping mall. 

INSTATUTS (www.instatuts.com)

• Designing A Music CD Insert - FREE
A tutorial showing how I created my latest Rock / Metal CD Insert / Cover.

• Creating A Space Ship in 3dsmax - FREE
Covers the beginning creation in 3dsmax and Mental Ray. This is session 1 of 2.

• Realistic Picture Frames in 3dsmax
Covers creating realistic picture frames / paintings in 3dsmax and Mental Ray.

 Masterplan Creation - Session 1 - FREE
Get started with creating a detailed site masterplan step by step. This session starts off very simple.

 Masterplan Creation - Session 1
Get started with creating a detailed site masterplan step by step. This session starts off very simple.

• Masterplan Creation - Session 2 - FREE
Continue creating the detailed site masterplan step by step. This session gets more advanced.

• Masterplan Creation - Session 3 - FREE
Continue creating the detailed site masterplan step by step. This session gets more advanced.

• Masterplan Creation - Session 4 - FREE
Continue creating the detailed site masterplan step by step. This session gets more advanced.

• Masterplan Creation - Session 5 - FREE
Finish up the huge site... this mega tutorial set is finally completed in this installment.

• Rapid Prototyping, STL - Session 1 - FREE
Learn a bit about the model prepping process for rapid prototyping. This article also explains quite a bit about the STL file format.

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  • "In my search for a 3D artist, Ryan was recommended to me, and I am extremely happy that he was. Ryan was a pleasure to work with and kept me updated throughout the entire design process. He has an incredible attention to detail, and was very easy to work with, and delivered on every request. Not only did Ryan offer great pricing, but the finished product was even greater. Overall, Ryan is an outstanding artist with high-quality service!"
    Henry Johnston - September 2022
    Clarke University

    "I’ve been in the area of commercial printing most of my working career and have dealt with a myriad of artists.  Ryan Knope rises to the top of artistic talent.  He is one of the best renderers with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working.  He has the unique ability to create life-like architectural settings that you’d swear are fine photographs.  His sense of color is second to none and his creations jump off the page (or the website).  Most important is that Ryan is a good listener, he understands budgets, he’s flexible and he’s patient.  Do yourself a favor and let Ryan bring your next rendering project to life.  He is really good at what he does. He’s not a prima donna as is the case with so many artists.  He became a vital team member.  I could go on and on but I’m sure you get my drift."
    A. Barry Hirschfeld - September 2020
    Developer, Philanthropist

    Studio 135 Information - Renderings

    "Ryan is a fantastic 3D artist. As an architect looking for specific features in a rendering it is always easy to communicate with Ryan and get the desired final product. The prices are extremely competitive and the quality of service and care behind the work are always evident. We engage Ryan for all of our rendering needs without hesitation."
    Graham Godfrey - February 2018
    Architect, Saiber Saiber, Inc.

    "Black Laser Learning has been utilizing the skilled folks at Ryan Knope Visualization for many years. Always impressed with the results and customer focus. Ryan and his staff strive to produce the effects and final product we envisioned. His images and animations have truly improved the impact and effectiveness of our training and marketing programs."
    Vincent Capone - February 2018
    Owner, Black Laser Learning Inc.

    "I was—fortunately for me—able to pull Ryan onto a project on short notice and with a tight deadline. I needed a 3D rendering of a smart city district that would be 'inserted' into the real cityscape of a major U.S. city. Throughout the fast-moving project, Ryan kept me constantly updated as to progress and was very responsive to design iterations. The final product hit the bullseye and kept us on schedule."
    Peter Bronski - January 2018
    Founder & CEO, Inflection Point Agency

    "I hired Ryan to do a 3D rendering of some condos that needed to be sold quick. His professionalism and dedication throughout the process far exceeded my expectations. Not only did Ryan deliver ahead of schedule and at a competitive price, he also committed himself to working with me and understanding my specific needs. Ryan is a great communicator and did an excellent job on keeping me up to speed on the status of the project. Outstanding service. I highly recommend Ryan to anyone in need of a similar service."      
    Lee Harris - December 2013
    Coldwell Banker A & W Realestate

    • "I had been searching for a team that can turn my vision into a work of art for a couple of weeks then I found Mr. Ryan Knope. I wasn't aware of an individual that can turn things this fast. There's no need for a team for Mr. Knope. A truly talented and creative artist that turned my ideas into a masterpiece. He got right to work after our production meeting and the outcome is just pure genius!
      Jan Constantine - March 2013
      Commander-in-Chief, Media Playground

    " I have worked with Ryan for many years. First while at my tenure at "Select Service Partner", as Project Manager for the Asia \ Pacific Region and now while owning my own firm, "Chief Design". SSP Asia \ Pacific has only one 3D Rendering Artist. This is Ryan Knope.
    Ryan has always been an extreme value to all projects involved. This is with his dedication, timeliness, fantastic renderings and the ease of communication.
    I recommend Ryan to anyone who needs high quality renderings and high quality service."
    Phill Cheng
    Owner - "Chief Design" - March 2013

    "Excellent customer service and excellent design work. Would and will definitely use again. Thank you."
    Aaron Sullivan- Owner
    Titan Homes - February 2013

    "I hired Ryan to do a 3D rendering of a design drawing I wanted to use for a website logo. Ryan did an amazing job. My experience dealing with Ryan was that he is creative, talented, and very professional. He delivered superior quality in a timely fashion and at a reasonable price. He is also very easy to work with and it was very easy to collaborate with him on this project. I highly recommend Ryan for any of your 3D graphic rendering needs!"
    -Maurice Durocher-
    "Maurice Inc." - February 2013

    “Ryan Knope was a pleasure to work with at all times. We found his high level of professionalism, customer service and accessibility to be impeccable.  He understood what we were looking to do and made it happen with no stress.  Our project was completed quickly and turned out better than we had expected.  Looking forward to using his talents in the future.  We highly recommend Ryan with no reservations.  .”
    -Shawn and Amanda Kelchner
    "Kelchner Foods" - January 2013

    “Ryan was a true pleasure to work with.
    He helped design 4 beautiful renderings of indoor and outdoor space, which will be used to market my new business.  He was extremely prompt and delivered all updates at a timely manner.  We communicated frequently with one another and he was very accommodating when asked to make multiple edits.  The finished product was more than what I could've asked for.  Ryan is an exceptionally talented artist and I would recommend him to anyone looking for someone to create high quality renderings.”
    Roxana Chiu - Owner
    SnapSuites - October 2012

    “When a former colleague of mine was looking for an illustrator to help communicate a unique retail concept, I agreed to help him out and began cast about for the right person for the job. My years of experience developing retail stores for a list of major brands had trained me to recognize the class of professional capable of creating illustrations out of ideas. Ryan Knope possesses that level of professionalism and expertise. In fact, Ryan is possibly the best illustrator I have ever worked with, His ability to work through the creative process in a collaborative and highly communicative way is incomparable. It is because of these traits that I would highly recommend Ryan to individuals and institutions alike who are looking for a world class illustrator with a firm grasp on what it takes to provide excellent and high quality outcomes.”

    -Michael LaVilla - Owner
    "Retail Vanguard" - March 2012

    It a real pleasure to collaborate with Ryan, who is very talented 3D artist with a keen understanding of how important it is for the client to review and approve the progress along the way to get the highest quality visual image within budget and time constraints to exceed expectations. No question where I will go next time for these services!
    - Mark Meiser - Owner
    Meiz Development CO. - Feb 2012

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