HYBRID HAND DRAWING
from SketchUp and Photography
by Jim Leggitt
HOW TO:
This is a streetscape
improvement project
in Glenwood Springs,
Colorado.
This eye level view in front
of a popular coffee ...
Step One: Base Digital Photograph
The two digital photographs above were taken in front of the coffee
shop. I selected the...
Step Two: SketchUp “Stage Set” Model
Our design team developed a new sidewalk configuration that
included an outdoor dinin...
I combined the SketchUp view with the sidewalk photograph using Adobe Photoshop. All image
resolutions were at 300dpi. I f...
Print the composite image and then go over it with hand drawn linework and colored markers. I first
lightened the image be...
Completed Hybrid Drawing
Notice how the perspective is a blend of the photographic detail
(reflections in the window). and the rich character of th...
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This is a streetscape improvement project in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. This eye level view in front of a popular coffee house was a perfect opportunity to create a hybrid drawing that blended together a photograph, a 3D SketchUp model, hand illustration and coloring with markers.

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How to Create a Hybrid Hand Drawing from SketchUp & Photography

  1. 1. HYBRID HAND DRAWING from SketchUp and Photography by Jim Leggitt HOW TO:
  2. 2. This is a streetscape improvement project in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. This eye level view in front of a popular coffee house was a perfect opportunity to create a hybrid drawing that blended together a photograph, a 3D SketchUp model, hand illustration and coloring with markers.
  3. 3. Step One: Base Digital Photograph The two digital photographs above were taken in front of the coffee shop. I selected the right image for several reasons - I stood in the street looking back at the storefront to create a better composition, the view had no foreground “clutter”, and it emphasized more of the coffee shop entrance and its beautiful curved glass window.
  4. 4. Step Two: SketchUp “Stage Set” Model Our design team developed a new sidewalk configuration that included an outdoor dining space against the existing buildings. Once I built the base model and populated it with people components, I carefully matched the eye level SketchUp model view with the perspective in the photograph. I then exported a 5000 pixel wide high resolution jpeg from the SketchUp model.
  5. 5. I combined the SketchUp view with the sidewalk photograph using Adobe Photoshop. All image resolutions were at 300dpi. I first deleted the background from the SketchUp scene (upper image) and then carefully sized it to fit into the street scene of the digital photograph. Notice the man sitting with his bicycle from the original photograph and how well he integrated into the new composite scene! Step Three: Photoshop Composite View
  6. 6. Print the composite image and then go over it with hand drawn linework and colored markers. I first lightened the image before printing it. I printed the 9”x13” image on 11”x17” matte finish coated bond paper using an ink jet color printer. Using a fine point water-based roller ball ink pen, I traced over many of the edges of the SketchUp model and added more casual linework to the people in the foreground. I added some colored markers to “soften” the image and make it less photographic or computer dominant in appearance. Step Four: Hand Drawing on a Print
  7. 7. Completed Hybrid Drawing
  8. 8. Notice how the perspective is a blend of the photographic detail (reflections in the window). and the rich character of the hand drawn linework and marker coloring. I love experimenting with new hybrid visualization methods and if you have a design project where this composite process would be beneficial, give it a try!

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