Isometric Drawing Tutorial

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  • @Devil-Dinosaur Hi Fred, I hope I'm not bothering you with my question ☺
    I'm trying isometric and I thought I'd try to make a diagram with the letters VS.
    I already have a problem with the letter V: it looks totally distorted. I've tried placing the V shape in a square, which I've distorted, but the top of the V also looks odd. Is this the right way to go about letters? Should I create another grid to avoid these optical oddities? Thanks for your time ☺


  • @Pat

    quit a while ago i made a video for another post
    about isometric drawing

    where i use a clone trick that may be helpful

    keep your original plane while put a clone
    of it in isometric so every change you made
    on the original will be transferred to isometric

    this could be helpful for complicated designs
    or by using text

    here the video

    you could create planes for each side of your design

    to use more then one shape create a group
    and clone that group, you could use then "draw inside"
    to put shapes and strokes in that group

    and the "select members of a group.." Tool to
    move shapes inside of the group

    0_1687971453030_draw inside.png

    0_1687971461675_member of a group.png

  • also made a quick isometric version
    in affinity designers isometric studio

    maybe this helps for comparison

    0_1687972063341_quick Isometric.png

  • Hi everyone,

    @Pat For drawing letters I have 2 ways :

    For a modern (sans serif) letter, I would create rectangles and align them according to the isometric grid (with snapping on). I choose the space between the rectangle according to symmetry if needed, for a "V" 3 squares may be good, while "5" will bring weirder look (see image here). Stick to the grid, it's easier (in your case I see the surrounding square off the grid). Keep in mind that you can make your artworks big, using a lot of square count and snapping accuracy and then just shrink them later.

    If you have serif letters or complex curvy shape ("S") I suggest that you type your text then use the iso settings in the transform panel (rotate, skew, scale). I have done actions to make things automatic. The preset and some experiments are in this folder.
    For volume you may duplicate the result and use the shape builder in order to create the thickness part.

    I hope I'm clear enough. (I may need my second coffee 😁 )

  • @Subpath @Devil-Dinosaur Thank you both for your feedback ☺ it must also have something to do with the way I perceive isometric shapes and the way they're constructed (direction of false depth). Anyway, I'm going to continue decorating the letters ☺

  • @Pat Yes, it can be tricky sometimes that's why I usually quickly put temporary colors in order to identify the shapes and their directions in space.

  • @Devil-Dinosaur Colours (& colour gradients) help indeed but I meant that some isometric shapes look unnatural to me... and clearly they are per se but I see more distortions for some forms than for others, and also depending of the orientation of the depth... well, a visual brain issue ☺

  • @Pat said in Isometric Drawing Tutorial:

    isometric shapes look unnatural to me... and clearly they are per se but I see more distortions for some forms than for others

    I think it is a kind of optical phenomenon
    where the brain will get confused

    because we (our brain) are more familiar with
    the real perspective than with the isometric one

  • @Subpath Yes, indeed.
    If I look rapidly the two branches of the V one after the other for example, I've the feeling they are not in the same plane. But for many isometric letters and basic shapes, I don't have any issue.