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Create a SketchUp Elevation Like a Pro

Us folk at the SketchUp Hub focus a lot on the humble Interior Design elevation.  In case you didn’t know; elevations are visual tools that allow Interior Designers to accurately convey their vision for a space.  Or to be more specific, the design of a wall and furniture/items within close proximity.

THEY CAN BE A NO-NONSENSE TECHNICAL DRAWING

OR AN ABSOLUTE FEAST FOR THE EYES

The elevation above with the Osborne & Little print was created by the SketchUp Hub.  We create SketchUp elevations all the time, because they’re quick to produce, especially if you’re under pressure to meet a deadline, they are a TRILLION times better than those weird cut and paste 2D mood boards that everyone and their pet Chihuahua are posting online at the minute (we don’t like ’em), and can be an accurate reflection of your chosen design.  They can include your colour palette, fabric selections, wallpaper, items of furniture, lighting and basically anything else you’d like to incorporate.  AND because we use SketchUp to construct the elevation, we can make sure everything reflects real life measurements and is in proportion.  We like to give ours a watercolour illustrated effect, because it just looks so characterful and unique.  Plus, digital illustrations are handy for E-design services, where it’s much more challenging to provide a service with a personal touch.

We hosted our first ever 5 Day Challenge a few weeks ago, and due to its popularity, we’ve decided to have 5 Day Challenges,

EVERY.

SINGLE.

MONTH.  HURRAH! 

On Saturday, the 3rd February 2018, we’re going to provide a new SketchUp file for you to download.  We received an amazing response to this elevation when we published it on social media, so we thought you might enjoy putting your own ‘stamp’ on it.

Here it is in all its glory!

Statement wallpaper called ‘Flamingos’, by Cole & Son

And here’s the elevation we’re going to provide for you!

So what are the rules?  You MUST include a patterned wallpaper!  For those of you who are afraid of pattern, you better start meditating because it’s time to FACE YOUR FEAR!  You can change the wall lights and taps but you MUST NOT change anything else.  You are free to include a ceiling light and decorative accessories of your choice.  As always, we expect those of you taking part to post your research and inspiration images in the SketchUp Hub Facebook Group everyday!  Here’s your plan of action:

 

THE 5 DAY CHALLENGE WILL OFFICIALLY START ON 4 FEBRUARY 2018, AND WE WILL ISSUE A NEWSLETTER ON 3 FEBRUARY 2018, WHICH WILL INCLUDE THE DOWNLOAD LINK FOR THE SKETCHUP FILE

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We’ve decided to provide a little bit of guidance by deconstructing our bathroom elevation for you, AND we’ll also be providing our FIRST tutorial from our MASTERCLASS SERIES for digital rendering, to give you a little helping hand.  The first Masterclass tutorial will show you how to create a smooth shadow on a curved shape (we will show you how we created the shadow on the bathroom mirror).  All of the Masterclass tutorials will be posted in the private forum of course #7 Rendering Floor Plans & Elevations.  Sorry guys, but sometimes the Hub students gotta get some perks!  This Masterclass tutorial will be available on 3 February 2018.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH RENDERING MASTERCLASS #1 – CURVED SHADOWS

Check Out Our Tips On Creating A Visually Stunning SketchUp Elevation Like A Pro!

Brush up on your SketchUp skills in preparation for this 5 Day Challenge by dipping into course #5 Creating a Window Treatment Elevation and course #7 Rendering Floor Plans & Elevations.

CHECK OUT THE FINAL SUBMISSIONS BELOW!  

Our favourite bathroom design, from the entries above was Nadia’s original and quirky jungle inspired, retro design.  We loved this unique pattern for a bathroom and thought the dark blue vanity unit, with blue marble and retro light pendant were a fun and refreshing design to incorporate into a space of this nature.

We loved Nadia’s design so much, that we created a photo-real 3D visual of it!

Interested in learning how to transform your floor plans and elevations into watercolour illustrations?

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1 responses on "Create a SketchUp Elevation Like a Pro"

  1. Hi again, I haven’t received a download link for the Bathroom Elevation Challenge. I ve checked the junk folder but it hasn’t gone there. I know you’ve had some technical problems in that area lately so I assume it’s for that reason.
    Thanks
    Rhian

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