Practice that Sketching

A few examples of different stages of doodling to quick sketches for a job. Keep practicing, and keep drawing to sharpen the hand/eye co-ordination. Also to pick up speed, speed comes from practice and confidence.

Speed comes from practice and confidence, the training leads you to trust your skills.

practice doodles

[Some quick line to get the hand moving]

plan view landscape drawing

[Something to do on a slow day to stay in “shape”]

Then there is the reason for all this practice, and drawing of lines. It’s to be able to better render your ideas to the client. communication through drawing, and if you can render what they are looking/asking/searching for . . . some much the better for them, and you-the Designer.

If you want to be able to draw-then draw. This is not art, it’s graphics and you can go a long way by practice, practice, practice.

Speed comes from practice and confidence, the training leads you to trust your skills.

sketch in a Moleskine

[On-site sketch in a small notebook.]

These types of sketches are done to make sure the client and I are on the ‘same page‘ . . . (I guess that’s where the expression came from).

Anyway, we reach a good starting point(with on-site sketches), and that makes it much easier to come back with some renderings/drawings that are closer to a final product.

Smoothing out the communication process, and getting to where the client wants to go.

These quick sketches also allow the client to see where they do not want to go . . this knowledge can be more important than where they want to go, and is a real time saver.

So get doodling!

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.

1 comment

  1. im one of the weird people who “sketch” in the computer. It totally doesnt bother me to work in cad on a conceptual layout, i find it helps me understand scales alot better too. With that said, i do hand sketch lots of stuff in perspective and i always end up changes my plan views based on that.

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