In this latest post of keeping things simple, we are going to step through designing a tropical island focusing on the humble tree. Like we have in the past – through our guitar and bicycle examples – we will break down our little island into its component parts and recreate the design in Sketch in 5 easy steps.
Without further ado..
I am feeling tropical at the moment with Summer hitting us hard Downunder – so let’s go ahead and check out a tree from a tropical island:
Basic tree shape: leaves, branches and trunk
n.b. with thanks to this website for the image.
So there are a few parts to what we are going to create; the branch and the trunk (to form the tree), the island base, water and the sun.
Let’s check out the branch, the toughest component to design. Like the entire island, there are so many ways to design the branch – this is but one approach.
We start off by hitting the R key to create a rectangle, then we double-click on the rectangle to modify the paths to form leaves, like so:
Let’s continue the design process of simplifying objects using basic shapes. This time around – after the guitar example – let’s simplify a bicycle from ground up.
If you follow the movement of my mouse below, you will see the outline of triangles (core of the bike) and circles (the wheels):
Let’s start with the core of the bike by using the aforementioned triangles.
This is quite basic: inserting a triangle, copying – pasting – rotating, then drawing a line that slopes downward on an angle.