Mesh for irregular shaped object


I am new to Sketchup. I have the basics down but I am trying to improve my skills and I am looking for some advice.

I’d like to make a 3D plant/tree leaf so that the center is thicker than the edges. I think the way to do this is a mesh?

What would the best tool be to draw the initial leaf shape?

I would then like to repeat the pattern several times and then wrap it around a hollowed cylinder for 3d printing. The end goal is to make a decorative candle holder.

I’ve looked at mesh tutorials but they are for landscapes and are all square. Is there a way to either draw the leaf and use some sort of bevel or mesh on it? Can anyone recommend a tutorial?

Thanks in advance!


There’s an entire section of the SketchUp Sage site dedicated to organic modeling.
Tweaking Tool Tips — SketchUp Sage

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