3D Artist Sunil Pant discusses his use of SketchUp Pro

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Sunil Pant
Sunil Pant was responsible for the 3D props and pre-viz layout for fims such as Dreamworks’ Megamind and Iron Man 2.


Google SketchUp is my favourite tool to design on. As an artist who has worked in Maya for many years, SketchUp is very intuitive to work in for concepts.

Google SketchUp gets out of the way of the designer. It’s so easy to use and it has a very limited palette, unless you’re the type who loves plugins. My thinking is, if I can make do with the tools already given in the palette, I’ll take the time out to think about how to use them in other ways. You never know what you might come up with. The application does not carry any unnecessary bells and whistles so I can focus on what I’m designing and throw in quick lights and shadows in real time.

Google SketchUp 8 is free.

Google SketchUp Pro 8 is available at a student discount price of $49.

Google SketchUp Pro 8 is free for instructors.

Google SketchUp Pro 8 Lab licenses are available at a school discount price of $15.

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