Bonnie Roskes

Bonnie Roskes has been writing tutorial-style projects on 3D modeling software, primarily SketchUp, since 2001. Her website, www.3dvinci.net offers a wide variety of learning materials for all ages, from kids in grade school through design professionals. Her materials cover general 3D design, 3D printing, geometry, interior design, geo-modeling, and more, and future books are in the works. Read more about Bonnie.

Review: 3DConnexion Space Navigator

What’s a SpaceNavigator I’ve had this 3D mouse for a while, and I finally got around to opening the box and giving it a try. (I think this was a giveaway from a recent SketchUp Basecamp.) It’s called SpaceNavigator, made by 3Dconnexion, and it sells for $109. It has a sleek look:   I hear […]

Paper House Project: Part 4 - Photo Match Painting

We ended Part 3 of this series with a simple house, modeled entirely in SketchUp, with these two images saved as screen captures: Now we’ll use these images to paint the blank house, which was copied from the original house. Photo Match Axes With Photo Match, model location and directions are essential to get right. […]

Paper House Project: Part 3 - Photo Match Setup

Part 1 of this series on paper houses showed how to use SketchUp to create and unfold a simple house, which can be printed, folded, colored, and assembled. Part 2 showed how to create the same house painted in SketchUp, with the help of a graphic editor. This post, as well as the next one, show […]

Paper House Project: Part 2 - Edit Texture Images

Part 1 of this series showed how to use the Flatten and Unwrap extension to make a simple paper house in SketchUp. In that project, your kids (or you) print on blank paper and use markers or crayons to add windows, doors, materials, etc. This project shows a different method: painting materials in SketchUp. I started […]

Paper House Project: Part 1 - DIY Color

I LOVE this four-part series on SketchUp paper houses. And so did my kids, and so will yours. Teachers, take note – these projects are fabulous for spatial thinking (geometry) as well as artistic creativity. Part 1 shows the easiest method – printing a blank house and coloring yourself. Part 2 shows how to edit texture graphics from within […]

adding wall art in SketchUp Band Render 005

This last post in the series was a bit of an afterthought – I hadn’t thought to include anything about picture frames. But it seemed  a fitting way to wrap up this series, to add a more realistic look to your wall art. I have a specific way I like to do my frames, which […]

adding wall art SketchUp Posters 21

In Part 1 of this series, I showed how to use an imported image to create a wall poster or painting. In Part 2 I showed how to adjust the component so that it will align to any wall. In this post, I’ll show what I consider to be the best way to model art elements: […]

adding wall art SketchUp Posters 14

Here’s where I left off after Part 1 of this series – a room with one painting (so far), brought in as an image and made into an aligned component. But as we’ll see, the default alignment assigned by SketchUp won’t work the way we want.   What’s the Alignment Problem? Let’s say I want to move […]

SketchUp Wall Art: Part 1 - Import Image

Look at this lovely, sun-filled room (rendered from SketchUp by the free Twilight Hobby rendering extension: It’s missing something, right? How about a couple of fun paintings or posters on the walls:   It’s pretty easy to bring images into SketchUp, to use as textures or stand-alone images. But there are also correct and incorrect […]