uMake & Procreate; Name a More Iconic Duo, I'll Wait.

A question we are always trying to address at uMake is “Why do I need 3D sketching?” How does 3D fit into your life? Many would assume that creating in 3D only leads to a 3D design output, but there are many other ways 3D can be used for visualization. Another iPad app that we love pairing uMake with is Procreate. Procreate is a digital painting application that is simple to use but has amazing output capabilities, and is only $5.99 in the App Store. They also both work fantastic on the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil. With the combination of these apps, we can design a scene in uMake, and paint in detail in Procreate, to create great concept art and landscapes. I wanted to make a cityscape concept so I started by blocking in some basic cube shapes for buildings in uMake. Then I added some street and sidewalks for more guidance for the final piece. Finally, I added a bridge shape for more detail and to make it more interesting. This seemed like enough to have a rough idea and a good base for painting over, so I left it at that. This step took maybe about 15 minutes. [caption id="attachment_1421" align="alignnone" width="1024"]

Here I blocked in the city in uMake[/caption] Then I exported a png taken from an angle I liked and opened it up in Procreate. Once I had it in Procreate, I created a new layer and started drawing over the uMake image. I decided to outline the shapes from the uMake image first, but going straight into painting is another route that could be taken. [caption id="attachment_1384" align="alignnone" width="1024"]

Simple shapes created in uMake[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1393" align="alignnone" width="1024"]

Outline drawing of the uMake project, done in Procreate[/caption] Now I am no great landscape painter, but having the uMake image as a guide really helped me improve the composition of my painting. It even helped me with knowing how to apply the light and shadow, since uMake adds lighting on the 3D objects. Compared to what I usually could achieve, uMake saved me a lot of time trying to find the right perspective, as well as figuring out the composition of my painting. [caption id="attachment_1386" align="alignnone" width="1024"]

This was my attempt at a paint-over. Not too bad for a first attempt![/caption] We also asked one of our users, Daeyoung “Chris” Hwang, if he would like to attempt to do the same thing. We gave him the uMake image and told him to have fun with it. It was interesting to see the different results we could achieve with the same base for the art. [video width="1280" height="960" mp4=""][/video] You can see in the video we added how he used the uMake base to build further perspective for his scene. With the base, he was able to complete many iterations of the same general layout, and easily go back to the original if he changed his mind. Ultimately, he finished with this awesome sci-fi/fantasy design. [caption id="attachment_1396" align="alignnone" width="1024"]

Chris Hwang's "Whale City"[/caption] Creating a landscape isn't the only way you can use uMake designs as a base for a paint-over. We've seen it done with car, product, and architectural designs as well. We'd love to see how you use uMake for projects like this. Share them with us!

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April 19, 2017