All your messages are very interesting, and reflect my dilemna. I do the following synthesis:
I think the first question is : what is the purpose of the project? Interior design visualization or scene representation?
If it is Interior design visualization, the room is the main subject. If not, the room is the decor, like a theater set. Huge difference!
If the room is the subject, there is two logics for the target of the picture.
Logic 1 is IDENTIFICATION (I identify with the people who live here) and logic 2 is PROJECTION (I imagine myself living here). Subtle difference!
CASE 1 : IDENTIFICATION = yes, i can use characters.
CASE 2 : PROJECTION = no, i must not use characters.
Notice : Design visualization can target quite wealthy people who can afford branded furniture etc. May be it’s subjective but i think that category of “clients” doesn’t need to identify with other persons.
If the room is a decor, like a theater set or a movie set, of course we can use characters.
IN ANY CASES…
- it’s very tough to do realistic characters. the slightest lack and the effect is missed
- if the character is OK, it’s very complex to set a credible attitude (rigging cannot be improvised in a hurry)
- if the rigging is OK, it’s not easy to install the characters on the furnitures becaus in the real life, when you take place on a sofa, a bed or an armchair… there is a deformation of the material.
So… it’s not for nothing that 3D is often a team effort.
Sorry for my approximative written english. Hope you understood what i meant.
But it was important for me to do this synthesis because a lot of interesting things has been said by every one.
Feel free to interact. It’s just my vision after your comments
Thanks a lot !