From the Sketchbook(11)

After the previous post on Eyvind Earle I caught myself thinking about his marvelous use of putting colors together to create really magical scenes, and the next thing I know is I’m attempting(attempting) to do the same thing while watching the Cav’s game tonight.

This is in a Windsor~Newton all-purpose sketchbook using Copic markers.

copic, copic markers, sketch, drawing, gardendesign

Added bonus

The other day I was working with Faber-Castell, PITT artist pens. I like the color these brush pens create and I like the flexibility of the brush. Creating strokes, marks, swaths of color, or filling in and blending colors. Even on the all-purpose sketch pad paper, from the same above sketchbook.

PITT, PITT artist pens, Faber Castell, markers, garden design

It’s not Earle, but then again it was not intended to be. For starters a completely different paper is needed, and a LOT MORE talent.

I like the way the Copic’s blending inside their own color works. They do not blend well when combined, so in landscape renderings they are great for showing contrast, strong powerful contrast.

The PITT’s, I like a lot. I love the versatility and I really like how they make me want to go fast and loose. Fast, loose, conceptual . . . that’s what landscape renderings should be about. it’s not the time for details, it’s the time for ideas.

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. This may be a tangent to your original thought and maybe needs a seperate posting.

    I’m interested in the second image of the trees in the rock garden. you used the words “…the flexibility of the brush. Creating strokes, marks, swaths of color, or filling in and blending colors…” and my mind went to the blending of time. Time can be measured in seasons or years. It appears that, based on the size of the rocks, the plantings in thsi image are reletively young. What will happen to this landscape over time, say 5, 15, 25, 55 even 105 years from now? Presumably the stone will not change except for the surfaces.

    What are your thoughts or should I ask, what scenes are in your markers and pens?

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