I have just finished the second year of my degree, during which I started to learn how to use photorealistic rendering programmes for some of my design assignments. By first constructing the building and interiors in Google Sketch-up, I then used rendering plug ins to create these finishes.
I started off using a free demo version of a program called Twilight Render, and then a managed to get hold of a copy of V-Ray. As a complete beginner I'm very pleased with the results (especially as I taught myself and had no help!), and hope to continue to improve.
These are some of the images I created. Feel free to critique!!