I mentioned Alex Hogrefe's site in class yesterday: https://visualizingarchitecture.com/ This post https://visualizingarchitecture.com/sketchup-to-kerkythea-clay-rendering/ has basics for creating quick renders. In the comments he mentions that he uses Rhino to create some of the shapes and then imports the geometry to sketchup. You're welcome to do the same. You don't have to render your images - but you might think about editing a sketchup style to change the appearance of the model - especially for the animations. I like the Tech Pen Endpoints style which is very simple - and it's also a good idea to turn on shadows!