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    Posted: 03/Nov/2014 at 3:45pm
This is not a tutorial but shows the basic steps for drawing a plane in vector. The method I use is to make a simple 3D wireframe to start with so as I can work out the composition and angle of the main subject. Usually takes about 3-4 hours to make a crude 3D wireframe. Step 1. is to find a reasonable 3 view of your subject. Step 2. shows the finished crude 3D wireframe and 3. is the vector line drawing. This plane is a Russian Tupolev and has a very long wing span , which is why I cropped it. It's kind of like vector by numbers.

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After importing the JPEG of the 3D wireframe into your software add as many reference photos of your subject to use for details. I keep everything on separate layers. Now you can colour block the colours and start to draw in the panel lines and other details and texturing to start to round out the flat image. 

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In this step most of the fuselage details and shading have been added to start to get away from the flat image. You can also see that each layer has many shapes in it.

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After the fuselage comes the wings. The port wing is mostly finished and work has started on the other wing. Same thing as the fuselage, you're adding shading and texture and stencilling to try and give the image dimensions.

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The vector image is mostly completed and placed on a digitally painted background. It still nneds a little work doing on it at this point but shows the basic work flow.

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awesome!....also nice to see a fellow xara user :)
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Thanks, cybrnetico. I've used Xara for a few years now. A great little program.
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