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.
Sounds like what you need is Sketchup.
Its not free but ProFantasy has the Perspectives CC3 Add-On. I haven't used it myself (I don't do perspective maps)
I agree with Midgard... Sketchup sounds like just what you need, its by google and free (at leasts the basic version is) :)
Three thumbs up for Sketchup already. I use it myself.
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.
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.