Add That Human Touch

Your landscape drawings will often be enhanced and enlivened by the addition of people, whether singly or in groups. That's because a human presence adds a sense of place, of scale, and of timeliness—as well as a touch of, well, humanity.

When it comes to that human touch, think of your sketchbook as a personal statement of your reaction to life, as well as a place to practice, to record, and to react—rather like a diary, but also as a storehouse of images and ideas for future use.

You can begin by using your sketchbook at home, when the family is watching TV, playing out in the yard (especially if there's a chore you'd rather ignore), or while someone is at the barbecue or asleep in a hammock.

At other times, too, make use of your sketchbook as often as you can. Draw people in the street, on the train, waiting for the bus, at lunch in the park, walking a dog, jogging, sunning on the grass—anywhere you can think of will do.

A good way to capture a figure spontaneously is to do a Plexiglas sketch, such as these two examples.

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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