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SketchBook Pro 2010 Essential Training
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Starting and saving a new drawing


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SketchBook Pro 2010 Essential Training

with David Lee

Video: Starting and saving a new drawing

In this lesson, I will show you how to properly open, begin, and save your sketch in SketchBook Pro. To begin, let's open a New Drawing File. Now, since we have one that's already open, you can always go back to File and select New. In this case, we have a new file, so it's not necessary to do that. Let's go ahead and move our cursor down to the user interface lagoon and select the Pencil. Now again, as we've discussed in earlier lessons, you can also select the tool from your toolbox.

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SketchBook Pro 2010 Essential Training
2h 28m Beginner Jun 14, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • 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
Subject:
Design
Software:
SketchBook Pro Wacom
Author:
David Lee

Starting and saving a new drawing

In this lesson, I will show you how to properly open, begin, and save your sketch in SketchBook Pro. To begin, let's open a New Drawing File. Now, since we have one that's already open, you can always go back to File and select New. In this case, we have a new file, so it's not necessary to do that. Let's go ahead and move our cursor down to the user interface lagoon and select the Pencil. Now again, as we've discussed in earlier lessons, you can also select the tool from your toolbox.

We leave that up also as an option. So let's go ahead and select the Pencil, now let's go ahead and double-click on the Pencil Editor, and this will allow us to take a look at the type of pencil we want to start with now. Since we are starting our drawing and we are not quite sure what we want, let's go ahead and use a harder Pencil with a lighter nib and that allows you to make a drawing with very light pencil lines. Let's go ahead and create another cube. Again try to make your cube so that it doesn't have too much convergence.

Now, if you like, you can also draw as if it was transparent. As your cube is completed, go to the user interface, go to Edit and select Lasso Select. Anchor your lasso and select your cube, move back down to Edit > Copy, you can drag the copy. While you're down there, Paste. To again, move the cube above the existing cube. Let's repeat that.

Let's Paste in other one. This time let's move iy just above the one that we replace in that position, and let's deselect. Now when you deselect, just go ahead and hit outside the drawing, so let's go ahead and do that again. See how I select it, and I just clicked outside of the drawing. Now to maximize our time, let's go ahead and select two cubes. Let's go to Edit > Copy, Paste, and just connect one to front. Let's go back to Edit > Paste and the other one in the front.

So, we have a row of three sets of double cubes. Let's go ahead and deselect and Lasso Select all of this. So we can bring this drawing closer to the foreground. Let's go ahead and Lasso Select down below the smaller cube. Now you notice how I'm only selecting a part of it. It's because that's the part that I want to have visible, and when I move that, direct underneath the other cube, and while it's selected, I am going to paste another one on the other side of the front cube.

Let's go ahead and go on that upper part of the user Iinterface to our move and zoom canvas, so we can zoom out a little bit. Position the drawing so that we have a little room in this area to create the handle. Go ahead and select your Pencil tool again and create a destination point over here on the lower-left. I know I want the base of those cubes and we are going to draw a line connecting those two points. We are going to create another point just above the last point we drew and click another line connecting those two points.

Now, what we are going to do next is we're going to go ahead and take our Eraser. Let's go ahead and select our Hard Eraser. Now if you eraser happens to be really small, click on your Resize Brush utility and resize it so that you can remove some lines. Now there are two ways to do this. You can go ahead and erase out the lines that you don't want or another way of doing it is going back to user interface and selecting your Lasso Select tool, and Lasso Select the areas that you want to remove.

Go ahead and select those and go to your keyboard and hit Delete and those lines will be removed. So while we are doing this, let's go ahead and use our Lasso Select. Let's select all those lines on the inside and hit Delete button. And we will go ahead and select these lines, and once those are selected, remove those. Now it has starting to see something that kind of looks like a wagon, but we're not quite there yet. However, you can see how easily we are able to develop that shape or that geometry by simply starting with the cube.

And how we were able to multiply that cube across the top of our original cube and down below it.

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Q: The grid files the author uses in the course aren't included in the exercise files. Where can I find them?
A: The grid files are background template files that are provided with an Autodesk subscription, which comes with purchase of any Autodesk product, including Sketchbook Pro. To sign up for a subscription, visit http://subscription.autodesk.com and click Create an Account. You'll be prompted to enter your software license number, so make sure to have that handy.
 
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