Making peace with human-made elements in your landscape drawings is not so bad. In fact, you can use the many human-made things in your landscape to frame and order the space, draw the eye into your composition, or add contrast and textural detail. At the same time, some human-made elements are more attractive than others, and there are some you'll definitely want to leave out.
V Adding human-made elements to your landscapes Not everything in our world was made by Mother Nature, and human-made elements are just about everywhere you look. Whether it's a fence crossing a field, a sailboat rocking in an inlet, or a satellite tower topping a mountain, the things made by humans can add a surprising dimension to your landscape.
Shadows from a wall alternately expand and contract. And, although we tend to see shadows only as a darker portion of a lighter plane, in fact they have volume, a space we can occupy for a while. How long we might be able to stay within a shadow can depend on the wall's orientation to the sun. Think of a garden wall in two orientations with a gateway through it.
Landscapes aren't just about land they're about the land and everything on it. Buildings, animals, roads, fences, streetlights, telephone poles, and vehicles are just some of the items that can show up in a landscape. Some people view the evidence of human habitation as a sign of encroachment on nature. Others look on structures as just a design element to make a center of interest. Why or whether you add a building to your landscape is up to you. Personally, I like to just enjoy the scenery.
In two-point perspective, two sets of parallel lines go to two vanishing points (see the diagram on the next page). This is important to remember when you are including houses and barns in your landscape, because not every barn or house will be situated with its front plane parallel to your view or picture plane, as in one-point perspective.
Deciding on a format is not difficult. More often than not, the landscape or subject will dictate a horizontal or vertical format to you. Try the standard sizes, like 9 X 12 or 12 X 16 , or get creative and try a 16 X 6 vertical. Start by taking your newsprint pad and making thumbnail sketches. Try various formats you don't have to decide on your first sketch. Most likely one sketch or idea will lead to another. Then decide on the most pleasing format and develop your landscape to the format you have selected.
The practice of composing a landscape is partly done for you by the area you happen to be painting in , and partly a matter for your own taste and discrimination in what effect you want your landscape to have. It is possible to adjust the landscape that you see in front of you, by moving your position a little or by leaving out parts of the scene, or even moving them around a little. Many artists do this, but you have to be careful that the results will all hang together.
Placing people in your landscape can add both drama and character(s). Seeing and measuring the scale of your figures in the landscape relative to other elements will put them where you want them. The detail in your figures will vary according to their placement and importance in your landscape. Those guys off in the distance need to really be there, but you won't see the logos on their T-shirts.
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.