# Trying to design a 3D sheet in inkscape

I am trying to obtain this effect of layered structure on the series of spheres that I have drawn. But skewing and rotating the spheres aren't resulting in the desired effect. Any hint on how do I go about doing this?

Thank you

Skewing and rotation is resulting in distortion of the spheres

I tried your suggestion. Also tried to add a bit extra by using isometric grid. The result though doesn't exactly has the 3D feel.

• I suppose that is not your drawing... so, How can we tell? Feb 3, 2021 at 18:28
• I really don't think Inkscape is the right software for this. It has no 3D capabilities. You probaably want a 3D modelling application instead, such as Blender. Feb 3, 2021 at 19:22
• @Rafael, included below is my drawing. if you see, the spheres are losing their shape Feb 4, 2021 at 7:14
• Take a look at this post on how to draw a sphere. graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/90470/… Feb 4, 2021 at 12:55

Let me play with this:

B. Duplicate your row and place it a bit down

C. And move it a bit to one side, to the left on this example.

D Repeat several times.

This could be one "isometric" style (It is not really isometric) but you do not have any perspective at all.

F. So you could now scale the second row and keep scaling the next ones.

G. This also works.

H. But now, if you move them to the left as the other example, it looks distorted.

I. So, you now need to scale incrementally also on each row

J. But now it looks like the graph is rolled, so

K. Compensate a bit rolling to the right.

L. You can do the same modifications to the Z axis. I will just duplicate the "isometric" version.

But you will notice now that the layer below, should not "glow" because it has a layer of spheres above...

If you are ok until this point, keep doing it in 2D software. But if you want more realism... Switch to 3D

(This image was way faster than the 2D versions)

• Wow the layer K looks really nice! Thanks! Feb 4, 2021 at 12:59
• :) The real problem will be the shade of the lower layers. Feb 4, 2021 at 13:08
• Which software did you use? Feb 4, 2021 at 13:18
• For the 3D, Blender. Feb 4, 2021 at 13:19

I agree with @Billy Kerr that Blender is the appropriate tool to use.

I was able to get the following effect on Inkscape.

I followed these steps: