Saki House | Sketchup Speed Model | Lumion 9 Render

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If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our other Sketchup speed model tutorials for a Moon House and a cozy attic bedroom! In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how we took one of Urukki Saki’s creative pieces of video game concept art and turned it into a 3D Sketchup model! We’ll start with the basics of blocking out the building, add details, and finally apply some color and texture. If you want a more detailed rundown of how we do each step, check out our full-length modeling video here.

Let’s get started!

Import and Align

First things first, you’ll want to import your selected image into the model. Then, align the perspective lines in Sketchup with those in the image. This step is important! Not every drawing or image will be geometrically perfect. But by aligning the perspective lines as best as you can, you can ensure that you will get the most accurate model as possible!

import image to Sketchup speed model

Block out the Basics

We began modeling this Sketchup speed model by creating blocks to form the basic shape of the building. We created separate blocks for each level and added the cutouts on the back side. At this point, you don’t want to get too carried away adding small details. Just focus on the basic shapes for now, you’ll have plenty of time to add the details later!

block out shapes in Sketchup speed model

It’s All in the Details

Once we had the basic shapes blocked out, we slowly started adding small details like the curved roof, window cutouts and trim. Just like when you blocked out the building, you want to start with the largest and most basic components first and then work your way to the smaller details.

adding details to Sketchup speed model

Add Some Color

This particular drawing is very bright and colorful, so we wanted to make sure we included that in our model as well. We used the materials tab to add color to each component and make it look like the original drawing. You may have to switch between the model and the original image a few times to make sure the colors match. If you’re going to be exporting to a 3d renderer like Lumion (like we did) don’t spend too much time with this step. You’ll just be using the colors you define in SketchUp as references.

adding color to Sketchup speed model

Sketchup Speed Model Finishing Touches

At this point, you may notice there are some more details you can add. We went back and added even more details like door handles, roof tiles, and wood planks. These small touches will make the model really come to life when you are done!

adding roof details to Sketchup speed model

Rendering in Lumion

After we finished up the model in Sketchup, we imported it into Lumion to give it an even more realistic look. Using Lumion allowed us to play with fun settings like the sun placement and landscape. We even added some illuminated materials to make the sign light up!

rendering Sketchup speed model in Lumion

Your Turn!

Have you ever tried recreating a Sketchup speed model? Let us know in the comments how it turned out! If you want more inspiration, take a look at our full speed modeling tutorial here. Be sure to check out our other Sketchup tutorials before you go for even more great tips and tricks!

finished Sketchup speed model

Happy Hacking!


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    Taking this test on Saturday. Last 4.0 exam to complete for the trio, then on to 5.0. This site is my go-to place when organizing what materials I’ll be studying

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  18. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  19. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  20. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  21. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  22. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  23. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  24. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  25. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #


    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.


  26. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  27. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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