Welcome to TalkGraphics.com
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 29

Thread: Skyrocket WIP

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Vancouver Island, British Columbia
    Posts
    3,888

    Default Skyrocket WIP

    For any new members to Xara that may be interested in the process I use. This is a new illustration I just started on this cold rainy day. I'll post updates as I go along. The Grumman X5Xf Skyrocket was an interesting design. The first step I do is to make a crude wire frame 3D that I can use as the basis for the drawing. Creating the wire frame allows me to show the aircraft at the attitude I want. I then transfer that over to Xara and find ref pics to use for colours, panel lines, etc.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Sky Wireframe.jpg 
Views:	37 
Size:	60.0 KB 
ID:	126010   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	WIP Skyrocket.jpg 
Views:	33 
Size:	81.3 KB 
ID:	126011  

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Skyrocket WIP1.jpg 
Views:	42 
Size:	46.5 KB 
ID:	126012  

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Location
    Michigan at the moment
    Posts
    87

    Default Re: Skyrocket WIP

    Do you create the wire frame outside xara and what do you use?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Vancouver Island, British Columbia
    Posts
    3,888

    Default Re: Skyrocket WIP

    Joe, I created this one a few years ago with RCCad. I've used Blender, RC Cad and Wings 3D at different times. At the moment I'm using Wings 3D. I save the wire frame 3D as a 3ds file and transfer it to Sketchup to position the aircraft, then save as a Jpeg, which I then load into Xara.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Location
    Michigan at the moment
    Posts
    87

    Default Re: Skyrocket WIP

    Very interesting, I wish I had the talents that some of you have here on TG. In another of your threads you talk of doing it right down to the rivets absolutely amazing. Thank you for answering my question even though it is beyond my comprehension.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Vancouver Island, British Columbia
    Posts
    3,888

    Default Re: Skyrocket WIP

    I think it just takes a little practice, Joe.
    A step further on the wings and fuselage with some linear fills and transparencies. The beginnings of a cockpit.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Skyrocket WIP2.jpg 
Views:	33 
Size:	47.8 KB 
ID:	126014  

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Currently New York State
    Posts
    518

    Default Re: Skyrocket WIP

    Gray,

    thanks for the look at your process. I never new you did the 3d part first.

    Ray

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Vancouver Island, British Columbia
    Posts
    3,888

    Default Re: Skyrocket WIP

    Ray, I would have a difficult time trying to draw these compound shapes in space without the help of the 3D wire frames. It gives one a base to work from. You still have a lot of refining to do in your drawing, but it sure helps. Sometimes I will do an aircraft that has no history pics or is a what it, so then you have to research where things should have been. In the case of the Skyrocket there are reference pics to use for details.
    At this point most of the main shapes are drawn in. The next steps are refining the rounding out process, adding airframe details and panel lines, textures, reflections, shadows, and just plain making them look used. And of course a pilot. So I think I'll start on the panel lines and details for next day.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Skyrocket WIP3.jpg 
Views:	20 
Size:	46.3 KB 
ID:	126019  

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Location
    Michigan at the moment
    Posts
    87

    Default Re: Skyrocket WIP

    Another dumb question, when you are finished is the wire frame still under the drawing or do you delete it ?

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Vancouver Island, British Columbia
    Posts
    3,888

    Default Re: Skyrocket WIP

    Not a dumb question, Joe. The wire frame is only used to get a rough outline. Since the 3D wire frame is so crude the drawing requires a lot of refining. It's like starting with a crude outline of a face, now draw the face. It's all about details.
    I draw most everything on separate layers. It makes it easier and quicker. Hope that helps.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Location
    Michigan at the moment
    Posts
    87

    Default Re: Skyrocket WIP

    Actually that helps a lot to be honest didn't think of doing it on separate layers you see I use xara more for the web, but am interested in drawing. Everything I have drawn to date are from things Gary taught on xaraxone. As I learn things from guys like you I think of trying something simple on my own.

 

 

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •