Assemble and Build a 3D Object
Looking to make truly killer 3D objects? Doodling freehand in the air works great and is definitely a lot of fun, but there are also other handy techniques that you can try out as you take on different projects.
In this section, we look at how you can assemble a 3-dimensional object using Doodled 2D parts (a little like building with Lego blocks), as well as how you can make your own molds.
Build a Cube
A great way to practice assembling your Doodles, particularly larger or more intricate ones, is by building a cube. You can use the same technique to go beyond 3D cubes to create almost any structure.
On a piece of paper, draw a 3x3cm square. Doodle to create six two-dimensional square pieces.
Place the bottom piece flat on your work surface, then hold up a side piece so that it’s propped up against the bottom piece.
Apply a bit of plastic at the corners where the pieces meet to hold it in place. Then Doodle along the entire joint to secure it.
Repeat for each side of the cube, and you’re done!
Build a Sphere
When creating a round shape like a sphere, we recommend using a mold to get that perfect 3D shape. Your molds can be made out of rolled up paper and masking tape, or you can use and recycle items you already have at home!
Get started by using a ping pong ball (or another small ball) as your 3D mold. Doodle a line around the middle of the ball, and work your way toward one end to create a semi-sphere.
Leaving a little space, Doodle another semi-sphere on the other side of the ball.
Use the file from a pair of nail clippers or scissors to slide around the inside of each semi-sphere to pop them off the ball. They should come off easily once they’re a little loose!
Add some plastic to join the two semi-spheres together to form a whole sphere!
Make a Figurine
When making more complex structures like a figurine or animal, you can build your own molds with paper, masking tape, and a few household items.
Sketch out your character and draw simplified shapes onto each body part (e.g: a circle for a head, rectangle for body, etc..). Write down the rough measurements for each of these shapes.
Find objects that match these basic shapes (e.g. a pencil, rolls of paper, ping pong ball). If you can’t find objects in the right shapes scrunch up some paper into the desired shape. Wrap each of your molds with masking tape before Doodling onto the surface.
Doodle onto half of each shape and pop off the solidified plastic before doing the second half. Then Doodle the two halves together to create each body part.
Assemble all body parts by Doodling them together. You can Doodle flat parts and attach them or simply build up onto the basic shape to create protruding parts like ears and toes. Add details like facial features directly onto your piece and play with textures for fur or hair.