Printing a view from a SketchUp model and drawing directly onto the print is a very effective method of visualizing a conceptual design. This proposed mixed-use development needed a quickly generated view for a client presentation. I had previously constructed a SketchUp model of the development when we were establishing the overall project density and architectural massing. The steps for taking a model view and creating what I call a “simple composite drawing” are quite simple.
Step 1 - Compose Your View. I carefully selected a “second floor” view with the broad face of the development dominating the scene. Tree components have varying densities of transparency to not hide the building facade. Shadow were adjusted for ideal representation of the 3D massing.
Step 2 - Export Lines Only. I exported linework from the SketchUp model, lightened them by 50% in Photoshop and eventually combined them with the exported faces image.
Step 3 - Export Faces Only. Exporting the faces allowed me to add a watercolor filter and give the image a softer look.
Step 4 - Line Illustration on a Print. After combining the previous images together in Photoshop, I printed the image approximately 8x17” on coated bond paper and began to “overdraw” the image with a black roller ball ink pen. This illustrative step completely changed the scene from a computer dominant image to a “hand drawn” image.
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