Creating views with gridlines
Video: Creating views with gridlinesIn this lesson, I'll show you how to add views to a drawing using Sketchbook Pro. Using layers, you can realign elements of a drawing, transfer your locations to form a grid and create additional views. To begin, let's open the techbunny.tif file. Let's go to the top of the main menu, press File > Open and techbunny. What we're going to do here is we are going to create layers to create our grid. So let's go to the interface lagoon, Tools, and select Layers. Now what we're going to do here is we're going to open a new layer, and we're going to rename that.
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In SketchBook Pro 2010 Essential Training, David Lee shows how to use SketchBook Pro's powerful tools and unique marking menu interface to make digital drawing and painting a natural experience. This course covers setting application preferences, selecting brushes, picking colors, choosing the right drawing tools for each project, and working with pen tablet and pen display devices. Exercise files accompany the course.
- Exploring the user interface lagoon
- Customizing brush settings
- Creating a texture brush
- Refining a sketch with blur, smear and sharpen tools
- Creating illustrations with layers
- Using the Symmetry tool to mirror drawings across the X or Y axis
- Using the ruler tool to draw and position precise straight lines
- Using the Ellipse tool to draw and position precise circles, ellipses, and curves.
- Saving projects
Creating views with gridlines
In this lesson, I'll show you how to add views to a drawing using Sketchbook Pro. Using layers, you can realign elements of a drawing, transfer your locations to form a grid and create additional views. To begin, let's open the techbunny.tif file. Let's go to the top of the main menu, press File > Open and techbunny. What we're going to do here is we are going to create layers to create our grid. So let's go to the interface lagoon, Tools, and select Layers. Now what we're going to do here is we're going to open a new layer, and we're going to rename that.
Let's go ahead and click that out to clear the image, Layer 2, and create GRID. Let's go ahead and save that. Let's go ahead and create one more layer, go ahead and clear that and call that Layer 3 and we'll call that PROFILE. I will now come back to that a little later and explain to you why I did that. Now, let's go ahead and lock down the original layer and this will prevent us from accidentally sketching over it and changing our original drawing. Let's direct our attention to layer 2. This is where we're going to create the grid to transfer all of these details on this techbunny over to the side view.
But all we want to do is we want to get an idea of what this bunny looks like in three dimensions and the good way you do that is to not only look at the front view but to also look at the side view. So we are going to be creating the side view of the bunny. We're going to go ahead and open our toolbox or our Brush tools, select the Pencil, let's go ahead and double-click on that. It looks like a 2B size 3.0 pencil. That looks good. Let's close that. This time let's go ahead and use a different color, since it's going to be a grid. Let's go ahead and put our cursor over to the Color Wheel and drag it to the color blue. With the GRID layer highlighted, let's go ahead and create our grid.
Hold down your Shift key. You can start either from the top or the bottom. I'm going to start from the top. I'm going to go ahead and create horizontal lines. Okay by doing that. Hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and drag horizontal lines on each and every element that you see on the bunny. Let's go ahead and move the Layer Editor over. Okay that means the eyes and nose, the bottom of his ear, perhaps even the top of his grin, his chin. Go ahead and chew that up a little bit more, his fingers, approximately where the bottom of his belly sits, the top of his toes and the pads of his feet.
Next what we want to do is we want to establish some vertical lines or at least some sort of a boundary so we have some idea of how much he sticks out, as far as his contours, you know how deep is Mr. Bunny. Let's go to the top of the horizontal line, press down our Shift key and drag down a series of vertical lines. This'll be the center of our bunny. We're going to approximate how much he sticks out from the center. We're also going to probably do a little an offset in the back of him, okay. This might accommodate the back of his body, his tail. this could be his belly, the front of his muzzle or the front of his face.
Then this going to only give us some idea of where he's going to sit, because what we want to do is not only make him visually defined, as far as the side view, but we also want to make him visually balanced. Because if the bunny looks a little tippy then there's going to be a visual issue with the way he looks. So let's go ahead and use it as our starting grid. Now before we leave this grid, let's go ahead and lower the Opacity, so it becomes sort of a ghosted line. I'll go ahead and lock that down and let's go ahead and go to the third layer and for this I am going to go back to my Pencil layer.
I'm going to switch back to a black line. What I am going to do is I'm just going to lightly sketch in a full capacity with black and let's go ahead and check our Opacity control. The proximate location of what these elements will look like. So this looks like the back of his other ear. We will just mark it with a little crown. Here is the other ear. We'll mark that with little crown. This is the top for his head. we'll put a little arc here. Maybe the front of his muzzle or his nose, we'll put that here. You see what's happening with that grid? What it does it helps me locate a lot of these elements, so that when I start to sketch, you need a little bit at a time, you see how they gracefully transitioned.
See you've got a little bit of room to show the back of his head. Then we will go ahead and create this ear. Now you see where this guideline is, starts from here and ends here? It is the bottom of his ear and looks like his-- because of the way his ear sits behind his head it's kind of flapped back. So I'm going to go ahead and grab my Eraser tool and take some of that out. Maybe add a little more body to his ear back here and then it just kind of tucks back in here. So it's going to flop right in that area. Then his other ear kind of sits high and it kind of moves forward with his face. Then his eyes are going to be approximately here, his nose, and even the top of his grin.
The next we're going to just locate his arms, locate the front of his belly. We will put him on a diet today. You see when you're drawing the side view, it gives you chance to kind of see what's happening and you're always going back and forth and saying, you know, does that look like it would be the side view of my object? We will give him some kneecaps. We will bring his toes up. We will erase the back of his feet and we need to give him a little cottontail, which aligns up very nicely at the back of his ears.
Now I'm going to go back and double- check and make sure everything looks like it's aligned and matches the front. That looks pretty good. Now what you can do for this drawing is you can actually hide those layers, you can hide the grid so that you have a nice line-drawing here to kind of match up, to see a side-by-side comparison. Another thing that we can do also on our third layer is we can go ahead and select our Pencil tool, press down our Shift key, and actually create a ground line.
What that does, it instantly communicates to the viewer that these two views are related. In closing using layers with a series of guidelines and a profile sketch, Sketchbook Pro makes it easy to create additional views of an object.
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