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01-31-2014, 12:34 PM
This thread is to share some odds and ends that I am working on. I've been spending a lot of time learning Inkscape since I joined this forum and I'm hoping to eventually combine some isometric odds and ends with GIMP to illustrate a high detail view of different scenes. I'm currently working on a medieval tower that I'll post soon.

Now, being the obsessive person I am, I saw Scoopz thread about isometric mapping (http://www.cartographersguild.com/building-structure-mapping/25980-tower-bridge-isometric-map-making.html) and couldn't resist working trying a spiral staircase. I have a few bits to fix, and I thought about creating a landing or arched support columns. Then I could maybe bring it all into GIMP and add some more detail. Here is the rough draft:

I'm partially challenging myself to create more complex architecture in Inkscape, so this is a bit of an exercise for me. I might post some more odds and ends here as I work on other things. I might do some tutorials too.

Look forward to some more stuff though. :)

01-31-2014, 01:11 PM
Ohhhhhh your way is much better than mine :P

I saw the thread and tried it too... came up with not great results, lol:


Where am I going wrong? D:

Maybe I should do some plotting like yours :(

01-31-2014, 01:31 PM
:) I basically drew my outlining isometric circle, then drew lines radiating out from the center spaced 15 degrees apart, then traced polygons from the circle up at each angle interval at increasing values representing steps. I guess I could also insert a smaller column to carve out the inside of the staircase.

01-31-2014, 02:50 PM
I'll post a some linework of one this weekend fellahs!

01-31-2014, 10:32 PM
This is worthy of a double post: Here is the BASIC structure of an ISOMETRIC spiral staircase, this took me forever to figure out in GIMP but ended up being rather simple, feel free to copy/study/plagiarize/steal/use it!


If this isn't interpretable to you I'll be posting a better version soon, figure I'd get this here ASAP though so you guys can see what it looks like!

and a version with a quick coating to show the different parts!


02-01-2014, 09:36 AM
Nice! That linework makes it really easy to follow (and a heck of a lot faster to draw).

02-01-2014, 10:23 AM
Oh wow that's a lot simpler (especially more so than my scribbles!) And would be quick/simple to adjust for any size column (or open space, lol)