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Digital Drafting Options Feb 11, 2021

This is one of the most popular questions I'm asked...what software should I use to draw my landscape plans?  As a landscape design...

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Drawing Lines Aug 21, 2020

Sometimes I forget to teach the basics about landscape graphics and assume everyone can wield a t-square and triangle to create perfect horizontal...

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Folding and Rolling Apr 30, 2019

Though we can cover many complicated things in design, sometimes I like to step back and cover the basics. Two of those things include how to...

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Line Weights for Plants in Plan View May 16, 2018

Proper line weights give your drawing depth and clarity. Whether you are drawing by hand or on the computer, line weights are important for visual...

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Rendering Plant Symbols in Marker Sep 09, 2017

I remember being a little scared as a student when I had to render a plan with those bright, non-forgiving, permanent markers. Over the years...

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North Arrows Mar 05, 2017

One of the many benefits of teaching is the constant inspiration from my students. Lately I've been noticing some lovely north arrows on their...

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Elevation to Plan Jan 22, 2017

One of the best ways to design is to draw your ideas in elevation, especially when making a composition of plants. This allows you to visualize the...

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Labeling a Landscape Plan in Illustrator Nov 08, 2016

A wonderful way to combine hand-drawn landscape plans with digital means is to use the one-two punch of Photoshop and Illustrator.  In my last...

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Editing a Landscape Plan in Photoshop Oct 21, 2016

l love hand-drawing my landscape plans when time allows, but using pen with a dash of color pencil or marker adds a slight bit of nervousness. If...

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Tools to Draw Your Landscape Plans Jul 16, 2016

Each year I provide a suggested list of supplies to my students for our fall landscape graphics course. This list is often accompanied by questions...

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Plant and Ground Shadows Jun 13, 2016

Having good contrast on a landscape plan makes it easier to read. One way to add contrast is to include shadows on plants (and...

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Marker Swatch Sheets Jun 04, 2016

In the last few weeks I've received several questions about how to choose colors when rendering a landscape plan in marker. In response to your...

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Rendering Plant Symbols with Color Pencil Oct 08, 2015

We are currently learning about color pencil in my landscape graphics class, so I made this tutorial on rendering a plant symbol for my students....

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Drawing Plant Symbols Practice Sheet Sep 28, 2015

In a couple of months I'll be giving my first public workshop on landscape graphics. Since this workshop is only one of many at a larger conference...

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On-Center vs. Spread Sep 10, 2015

Each year when I teach my students about drawing plant symbols there is always confusion about what I mean by on-center vs. spread, so in...

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Quick Tips for Rendering a Plant Symbol in Marker Dec 02, 2014

I've been wanting to do a proper marker rendering tutorial for awhile, but haven't carved out the time, so thought I'd share a quick sketch I did...

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Stippling a Lawn Oct 23, 2014

Stippling is an art technique that uses small dots to create a larger image. In this case, I'm using stippling to add extra character and...

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Drawing Ground Textures Oct 12, 2014

I'm a pen and ink artist to heart so love adding textures to the ground plane in my landscape plans. Yes, they take a little time, but add such...

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