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icosahedron
12-08-2011, 12:33 PM
Hi all,
Not strictly a mapping question, but as this is the only art site I'm a member of...

I'd like to try my hand at drawing/painting interior and exterior perspective pictures of some of the buildings I've created floor plans for, but I'm crap at artwork - can't draw a straight line with a ruler.

What I could do with is some software that will help me to get perspectives right - something that traces in perspective lines, allows me to measure lengths, widths, heights, place my Eye Position, etc. Something that will allow me to place a pair of columns 20 feet high, 40 feet in front of me and ten feet to the left and 8 feet to the right of me.
Or draw a round tower, 30ft dia and 80 ft tall, 60 yards away up a 10 degree incline 15 feet above ground level...

But... I probably still won't be any good at it and I don't want to spend silly money on something I may have to throw out. Free would be good. ;)
(Not much point installing a full church organ in my house if all I can play is Chopsticks...)

Can anyone recommend something that might help me get started? I have Gimp and Inkscape, but I don't see how I can plug numbers into those.

Thanks.

Midgardsormr
12-08-2011, 01:13 PM
Sounds like what you need is Sketchup.

JoeyD473
12-08-2011, 01:14 PM
Its not free but ProFantasy has the Perspectives CC3 Add-On. I haven't used it myself (I don't do perspective maps)

tilt
12-08-2011, 03:42 PM
I agree with Midgard... Sketchup sounds like just what you need, its by google and free (at leasts the basic version is) :)

Lukc
12-09-2011, 02:59 AM
Three thumbs up for Sketchup already. I use it myself.

icosahedron
12-12-2011, 01:28 AM
Thanks guys,
Looks like I'll be installing Sketchup shortly. :)
I bought Profantasy some years back, not sure if Perspectives was in the bundle, but I could never figure out how it worked. Thanks for the suggestion, though.

GeneralMayhem
01-27-2012, 04:12 PM
CC2 Perspectives does have the capability to produce some excellent artwork, and is much easier to use than creating/importing 3D models to produce a Sketchup scene.