SketchSoup: Exploratory Ideation Using Design Sketches

R. Arora, I. Darolia, V. P. Namboodiri, K. Singh, A. Bousseau

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A hallmark of early stage design is a number of quick-and-dirty sketches capturing design inspirations, model variations and alternate viewpoints of a visual concept. We present SketchSoup, a workflow that allows designers to explore the design space induced by such sketches. We take an unstructured collection of drawings as input, along with a small number of user-provided correspondences as input. We register them using a multi-image matching algorithm, and present them as a 2D interpolation space. By morphing sketches in this space, our approach produces plausible visualizations of shape and viewpoint variations despite the presence of sketch distortions that would prevent standard camera calibration and 3D reconstruction. In addition, our interpolated sketches can serve as inspiration for further drawings, which feed back into the design space as additional image inputs. SketchSoup thus fills a significant gap in the early ideation stage of conceptual design by allowing designers to make better informed choices before proceeding to more expensive 3D modelling and prototyping. From a technical standpoint, we describe an end-to-end system that judiciously combines and adapts various image processing techniques to the drawing domain—where the images are dominated not by colour, shading and texture, but by sketchy stroke contours.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-312
Number of pages11
JournalComputer Graphics Forum
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017


  • non-photorealistic rendering
  • paint systems
  • shape blending/morphing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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