Create cities from 3D objects



Whether you are creating a comic, an illustration, or a sketch, more or less likely you will encounter the need for drawing architecture. Sometimes it might seems like it will take forever to draw them and perspective rulers are not as easy to use to some people, like me. Which is why using 3D objects to draw seems like a better and faster options. In this tutorial I will be showing you how to make a city with 3D object.

3D objects

I made a 3D city street model using Blender, which is a 3D making software. Once I'm happy with how the cities turned out, I exported it as a fbx. file. Using this method you can create your own 3d city with 3D object and importe it to Clip Studio Paint for art and stuff.

On a new canvas, I imported the city I made as 3D Objects.

This is what it looks like after I imported my files in.

THe button on the upper left allows you to rotate the view. I slightly rotated the view so that I am facing the side with the street.

You can zoom im so the perspective is more dynamic.

Once you've picked the perspective you want to use, you can go to Layer- LT conversion of layer to separate out the lines from the 3D model.

Make sure you have the vector layer button checked and you can adjust the setting according to what you like. The reason I do not use raster layer is because I cannot smooth out the lines.

Now I have separate layers of line and shadows. If this is all you needed for your comic book etc, then I think you can end the tip here.

Make sure to drag the line layer out of the folder. I hid the folder because you want to use only the lines for now.

Now I have a layer of only the lines.

If you didn't like how gritty the line is and you want to smooth it out, select gray as the expression color.

Then in operation, select airbrush as the brush shape so that the lines are nice and smooth. If you want a different line that is more suitable for your art style, you can also do that.

The thick and thin lines can be adjusted in the correct line section. Here you can increase the line width of the foreground object and narrow the line of the background object. For my art piece I thicken the lines near the foreground so that the lines gives you more of a hand drawn effect and less of a I-just-placed-a-3D-model effect.

Here's the result.

Rasterize you layer in Layer-Rasterize. This will convert your vector layer into raster layer, which you will be needing in the future so you can draw on top and recolor your lines.


On a separate layer, I added the local color and some simple highlights to the building windows. I also painted some clouds for the sky. Please ignore the fact that my cloud looks like a duck.

Then I added some shadows. If you are feeling lazy you can also pull out the shadow layer that was rendered along with line and use multiply mode on the layer. . That's what I did because I'm super lazy.

I added some sun lights and I recolored the lines so that the lines aren't too prominent.

I added some more reflections and this is the finale result of my city drawing.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful


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