Actively searching for a landscape to draw may seem a rather artificial approach - there are landscapes everywhere we look -but you need an area with qualities that you find attractive. Before you start rushing around in search of a good view, consider the area you are working in and adapt your ideas to make the most of a particular environment.

The first and most essential step is to compose your picture. As shown earlier in the book, this can be done with the use of a framing device made from a piece of card, so you will not be overwhelmed by the immensity of a landscape.

When you survey a landscape full of trees, bushes and grass, take time to look at each area of vegetation carefully and note the immense variety of green that exists in just one view. Distant areas will appear more blue-green, with some greys - cool hues that help to push those parts of the picture right back to the horizon. Urban landscapes have an entirely different range of colour but, even so, some of the same rules apply.

Most important is the effect of distance on colour and tonality; so watch for their effects right at the start of your picture. The ideal arrangement for the light is from the left or right of your position, so that the objects in the landscape are lit up in a way that shows their dimensions.

Ideally, you should be able to see enough of the foreground features to show scale and texture. A large middle-ground area, where trees, rocks, streams, buildings and other features stand closer or further from your viewpoint, will give an impression of depth. Hills, mountains and large expanses of water in the background, when diminished in the cool distance, also give a very good sense of scale and depth to the picture.

So, before chosing your landscape, decide how much detail you want to include and how much of a feeling of space you wish to give it. Adjust your viewpoint to achieve this, by lowering it to get closer, or lifting it to get a greater sense of distance.

Enjoy the qualities of the natural world when you are drawing in the countryside, and likewise the drama and interest of the man-made world in a cityscape, with all its verticals and mass of buildings. Don't worry if the piece doesn't always go right. The fun is in finding out how to do it in practice and, eventually, you reach the stage where you just draw the whole thing by eye and forget the science.

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Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.

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