Darkwolf, I replied to you with some tips, but I also went ahead and just made a simple wheel tutorial so you can get a better idea of how I do it. See attached.
Marmentido, you don't need the pro version of sketchup to do any of this stuff. The differences between the free / pro version mostly come down to the ability to export various formats. The free version allows you to export .kmz which are just collada files in disguise. Use zip to open it up and extract the collada. Using collada can usually get your model export into other apps. Also my wife has been working on a direct to Crysis / source exporter. Another version should be out soon. www.playuptools.com
Last edited by Chirp Chirp; July 24th, 2009 at 09:26 PM.
Kvitalij, thanks! I know the models at the top aren't really worth posting but I started with those because they were literally the first models I made.
Portus.... I don't really think I am a godsend but I am happy someone found the tutorial useful. Over the years I've accumulated some various tricks that might be worth posting, if you guys want another just let me know.
Eiri Yuki, I don't use any plugins to model, I just use the regular tools that come with SketchUp. I know there are some cool ones out there that I keep meaning to check out but never get around to it.
Might be a stupid question, but I'm new to "digital" art, with those paintovers (very good I must say) do you import them as 3D models or as an image? This looked like something good to try out but I do only have photoshop elements (Yeah it came bundled with my tablet).
The paint overs I do and the ones Wassa did were done by exporting a .bmp into photoshop. No 3d model required. Starting with a simple black and white line image, the typical paint over process is the same as someone scanning in a image from their sketchbook and painting it. I am sure there are loads of examples scattered through out CA of the process. Having said that.... there are tons of little tricks you can do by taking multiple screen shots of the same scene with different effects on and off, then compile them together in PS using layer blend modes. This page has some good examples of what I am talking about... http://sketchupartists.wordpress.com/techniques/ http://sketchupdate.blogspot.com/200...-of-focus.html - this one in particular is neat since it uses black fog in sketchup as a z depth mask.