Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Modeling a tree in Sketchup

Constructing this model in Sketchup was much easier than what I thought. First thing to do was to draw the leaf and construct the stem. Join the two to form a group or component. Make several copies of this leaf component and construct a twig. Attach the leaves to the twig in the same way as real leaves are attached to twigs. Make this new leaves and twig group again into another component. Make several copies of this and construct a branch. Attach the leaves and twig components to the branch. Make this into a branch component and make several copies again. Construct the tree trunk and attach the branches until the tree is finished .

Even though there are millions of pictures on the net, I was not able to find a suitable image to use as leaf texture, so I just took a maple leaf and scanned it. The final image was rendered in Indigo Renderer.

Right now, I'm still trying to figure out a way on how to make the surface of the leaves curved. They are so flat.

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