Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Sketching

Decorating By JanH Updated 29 Apr 2011 , 1:30am by hrnewbie

JanH Posted 13 Apr 2011 , 7:53am
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All right, this is a call to those cakecentral addicts out there who either have burning questions, or helpful experience in sketching, whether freehand or computer assisted.

Can't wait to hear all your questions, suggestions, short-cuts, tips, hints & more. icon_biggrin.gif

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2txmedics Posted 13 Apr 2011 , 1:30pm
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Oh gosh, Im grabbing a pop corn bowl and watching this one....Im still new enough....so always looking to learn and LEARN....

Stephy42088 Posted 13 Apr 2011 , 1:40pm
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I could use help on this one too! My sketching/drawing skills are horrible!

bobwonderbuns Posted 13 Apr 2011 , 1:40pm
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I don't sketch, I trace. Pattern transfer is a valuable technique in my world! icon_biggrin.gif

mplaidgirl2 Posted 13 Apr 2011 , 1:56pm
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I give all my customers a 'rough sketch' of my design. I outline details in marker colors. Its pretty rough so if I need to change something in the design its not a big deal. I don't commit to exact colors unless they bring me a swatch. I'll see if I can find a recent one

mommafixit Posted 13 Apr 2011 , 2:01pm
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I went to school for Drafting and CAD Technology. We had to sketch alot, so graph paper is a big help. It helps to keep proportions right. Also I've found that programs such as SketchUp from Google works well to draw up a base cake, then print out so you can add details. Plus its free. HTH

bobwonderbuns Posted 13 Apr 2011 , 2:01pm
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I've also found Doug's sketches are invaluable when dealing with customers.

mplaidgirl2 Posted 13 Apr 2011 , 2:17pm
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Heres the way my designs are for 75% of my customers.
I know Illustrator too so if a design needs to be more professional it can be

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Tellis12 Posted 13 Apr 2011 , 3:21pm
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mplaid, thanks for the photo. That looks great.

Kiddiekakes Posted 13 Apr 2011 , 3:32pm
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I use my projecter alot..I can't freehand if you paid me but I wish I could.

AKS Posted 13 Apr 2011 , 5:30pm
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I noticed on Amazing Wedding Cakes that Chris used stencils of circles, curves, boxes, ellipses, etc. to make the outlines of his cakes and then sketched on those.

imagenthatnj Posted 13 Apr 2011 , 5:34pm
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Originally Posted by AKS

I noticed on Amazing Wedding Cakes that Chris used stencils of circles, curves, boxes, ellipses, etc. to make the outlines of his cakes and then sketched on those.




Yes, the architectural/mechanical drawing rules and templates.

debbief Posted 13 Apr 2011 , 5:58pm
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I don't do it very often but if I'm having a hard time envisioning my idea, I use my computer...usually powerpoint because I don't have any drafting or drawing type software. I made this design in powerpoint just to see how it all fit together. Then I did the cake. As you can see, I changed it up a little but it helped so much to get the general idea.

Here's my computer design:
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2000401/2002911

Here's my cake:
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2000401/2002910

AnotherCaker Posted 13 Apr 2011 , 6:04pm
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A really quick and simple way to get the basic shape, insert cylinders or squares into a Word file until you have the basic shape of a cake you're looking for. Print it out, flip it over, and now you can trace over those lines, making marks only where you need it, and not having all the lines show. Most people have Word, and this is my general quickie way of getting a rough template drawn out for customizing.

Katiebelle74 Posted 13 Apr 2011 , 6:08pm
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Originally Posted by AKS

I noticed on Amazing Wedding Cakes that Chris used stencils of circles, curves, boxes, ellipses, etc. to make the outlines of his cakes and then sketched on those.




That is a great idea I need to start doing that!
I rough sketch. And I mean really rough... as in doodle, during consults. My detailed sketches are for myself. Often what I sketch in a detailed sketch and what looks great in reality are not a 100% match.

Recently I purchased the Bamboo fun graphic arts tablet thinking that would be a great way to sketch cakes but I have found I have a much larger learning curve with it than I anticipated.

platinumlady Posted 13 Apr 2011 , 6:15pm
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I just started using google sketch 8 until I save enough money for the the software I really want. Someone on CC mentioned it. It's free & helps when I wanna see if the designs I have in mind will look right

KarenOR Posted 13 Apr 2011 , 6:28pm
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Here are some examples of amazing cakes by the Sugar Diva:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/berylbyrd/page106/

Meant to add that it looks like she uses a variety of media, depending on the cake.

platinumlady Posted 13 Apr 2011 , 6:40pm
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Originally Posted by KarenOR

Here are some examples of amazing cakes by the Sugar Diva:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/berylbyrd/page106/

Meant to add that it looks like she uses a variety of media, depending on the cake.




Karen do you know her personally to ask what software she uses. Her sketches are incredible. I've found a couple different programs would love to compare them to hers

mommafixit Posted 13 Apr 2011 , 6:52pm
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Some of Sugar Diva's sketches look done by hand others look like they were done with computer program such as Wedding Cake Design Pro by ToppleStone. Its not too expensive, only catch is like the Cricut to get different shapes or images you have to buy "Expansion Packs".

KarenOR Posted 13 Apr 2011 , 6:54pm
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No, I just happened to be looking at her cakes when the sketch thread was posted, so I had just seen them.

platinumlady Posted 13 Apr 2011 , 7:12pm
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Mommafixit I Wedding cake Design Pro is the system I'm actually gonna get. I added all the extensions up & it's still the best price that I've been able to find.

Karen thank you for sharing her link because I was really looking into doing this. For the last few of days I've been searching the net to find different software. I am wanting to not only decorate but be a cake designer as well

Auntie_RaRa Posted 13 Apr 2011 , 8:00pm
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I use Wedding Cake Design Pro. I have purchased some of the expansion packs. Even though I can use the computer, I print blank templates with different structures. It is easier for me to use color pencils and add notes on the sketch about the cake.

mommafixit Posted 13 Apr 2011 , 9:08pm
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platinumlady, I've searched for one also and cake design software is hard to find. I do agree that Wedding Cake Design Pro was the best I found also. And from the screenshots, it looks like a very good program. I'd love to have it, but just got the cricut cake. So one new toy at a time. If you do purchase it, please let me know what you think about it.

DerrellC Posted 14 Apr 2011 , 3:32am
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Jan we copied the different shapes posted in the templates forum and use them to get general shapes that we then color with colored pencils and mark locations for special designs,inlays, etc and do a detailed drawing for that special design on the same page,then have customer sign-off on it.

We also got a large set of paint color chips from local home improvement store.That way we know the exact color the customer wants. No more "I thought it would be more greenish,pinkish, etc." Each chip has a number code on it and those are also noted on sketch,which customer also signs off on.

JulieMN Posted 14 Apr 2011 , 3:41am
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Great thread.....interesting ideas!

imagenthatnj Posted 14 Apr 2011 , 4:13am
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There's a little video in here that shows Wedding Cake Pro Design in action.

http://www.piece-a-cake.com/wedding-cake-designs.html

mommafixit Posted 28 Apr 2011 , 9:05pm
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For anyone interested I just got email saying Rebecca Sutterby will be teaching her method of cake sketching and design on the next CakeFu Master's Series.

hrnewbie Posted 29 Apr 2011 , 1:26am
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Originally Posted by DerrellC

We also got a large set of paint color chips from local home improvement store.That way we know the exact color the customer wants. No more "I thought it would be more greenish,pinkish, etc." Each chip has a number code on it and those are also noted on sketch,which customer also signs off on.




I'm glad to hear that helps. I'm a complete nutcase when it comes to colors and so this has been on my to-do list for a while. I'll spend more time obsessing over colors than the cake itself. And don't ask my husband how many times I've thrown away icing because I hated the color, got angry, and decided to start over from scratch.

hrnewbie Posted 29 Apr 2011 , 1:30am
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Originally Posted by AKS

I noticed on Amazing Wedding Cakes that Chris used stencils of circles, curves, boxes, ellipses, etc. to make the outlines of his cakes and then sketched on those.




I love that he uses those stencils. What a great tool for just a few bucks.

And, since we're talking about Chris, he's my OCD hero. When I watch his episodes and see the hundreds of labeled boxes, organized walls, tool kits, and OCD systems behind him when he talks...welll, I get all tingly inside!! icon_redface.gificon_lol.gificon_redface.gif

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