How to paint a castle with SketchUp

There are a range of art techniques that can help with your digital painting, but there's no denying that creating 3D art from scratch can be confusing. Picking the best angle for a complex structure such as this castle can be challenging, and if you're not a fast modeller, attempting to make a 3D base might slow you down.

Enter SketchUp, a simple 3D drawing tool that is surprisingly easy to learn, with functions to speed up the painting process. Here, we'll take you through how to use this free tool to create 3D bases. We'll then move into Photoshop CC to turn our 3D model into a digital painting.

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Donglu works at WB Games Montreal as a lead concept artist. Previously she’s helped develop titles such as Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Far Cry 4.