Step-by-step: Build a dig­i­tal ma­que­tte

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I start by con­struct­ing a 3D model of my city. I cre­ate ba­sic shapes, and ei­ther copy or ex­trude them into stacked ar­rays. This gives me sky­scraper-like struc­tures with sep­a­ra­tions for each floor. Then I can twist, bend, stretch and scale each one to give me that fu­tur­ist look.


I project the 3D ren­dered im­age and trace it on to draw­ing pa­per. You can also just start paint­ing dig­i­tally over the 3D model, but I like hav­ing a bit of a line art style to my work. I add de­struc­tion and bro­ken win­dows to the build­ings, but much of this will be painted over.


I be­gin adding colour and value to the piece, us­ing Color Bal­ance ad­just­ment lay­ers to unify the mood if the colours start to get all over the place. I want a sun­lit scene, with the light com­ing in from the back left. At­mo­spheric per­spec­tive is also use­ful for show­ing dis­tance and scale.

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