I’ve never claimed to be an architect, but I love great tools that work well. One such tool belonging to that category is Google SketchUp. In the past, I’ve fiddled with 3D software before. I think that Blender is awesome…but it also has a steep learning curve. Almost a learning cliff.
It honestly is just to much for my needs. Case in point, I wanted a quick floorplan diagram to post to the Studio Central forum for comments on my new home studio. Blender just isn’t the choice for that. Now, if I wanted to make a cool 3D animated cartoon over the next few years, that’s a different matter…
The image above was completed in about two hours total time. Yes, that seems long until I add that the two hours include the time watching the tutorials on using the product! Seriously, from square one, I downloaded, installed, learned, and created in less than two hours. All of the video training tutorials are available on the SketchUp site.
Or, you can always buy a book 🙂
Obviously more complex drawings can be made, but really, that’s true of anything. Practice and continued use always is a factor. For my purpose, I received the comments I needed regarding monitor placement and bass-trapping. And I learned a new skill. Great stuff.
Try it out. I think you’ll be surprised how simple it is to use. A professional architect, who is also a good friend, uses SketchUp to mock up many of his designs for customers. He’s tried other solutions, but claims it is just too easy to use.
Another great feature is the active plug-in architecture. The products of which rival high-end rendering packages. If using doing a lot of with SketchUp, you might consider an entry level 3D puck, such as this one.
See you, Space Cowboy.