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.
I just published my latest class on Skillshare:
I previously covered these rules in the following posts:
I go through the design process in much greater depth in the Skillshare class.
When I design and look at an object, I simplify the object’s shape in my mind to their most basic forms – be it rectangles, ovals and lines. There is nothing worse than designing an object with all its complexities from the get-go. It’s always a good rule to always keep things simple.
For example a guitar can be simplified by creating 3 main components – the lower body, the upper body and the neck:
3 main components of guitar (with mouse circling the components)
To shape the body, we could use either an oval or a rectangle to create the base shape.
In this example, I have used the rectangle to create the lower body. Then it’s a matter of adjusting the paths (clicking on each point and selecting ‘mirrored‘) to make it look like the lower part of a guitar:
Fresh from publishing How to select a WordPress theme, I have progressed well into my video series on creating websites. I have now put together a vid for how I use the WordPress app:
I generally use the app for creating and editing posts as well as checking out all new posts from my subscriptions in the Reader. I realise that you can also create pages as well as other more complex functions but I tend to leave those for the desktop.
I indicated that I am in the midst of creating a How-To video series a few posts ago on the Skillshare platform. This series will concentrate on creating an online website end-to-end, from WordPress development to Logo design, using common editing tools of the trade and so much more.
I also wanted to tackle this series from a few perspectives; from a writer’s perspective to an artist’s view and through the eyes of a traveller. I always believe that the more examples one goes through, the easier it becomes to learn something new.