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Drawing in the Landscape: The Adventure Begins
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Drawing in the Landscape: The Adventure Begins

Drawing in the Landscape: The Adventure Begins

37 min
Credit: AICP CM

This course is approved for .5 AICP CM credit

Imagine yourself as a pen, curving down the paper as if riding a slope. Experiencing, sensing and understanding the contextual cues that the natural and built environments offer are key to learning how to render them on paper. In this course, you will learn techniques for drawing, sketching and observation in the field. You will learn how to draw lines and contours, understand perspective, and render tone and value with light and shadow. The field sketch is the most fundamental component of being able to quickly capture and convey a visual idea based on actual or perceived phenomenon. In this first of a series of courses, learn or relearn how to experience the landscape, whether you are new to hand drawing or simply want to better understand how to observe the world around you.


In This Course

  1. Welcome to the world of field sketching! Learning how to quickly capture and convey a visual idea is a great skill for built environment professionals. For many, it becomes a lifelong passion.
  2. Meet your instructor Darryl Jones at scenic Lake Merritt, in Oakland, California.
  3. Equipment
    Drawing in the field requires specific supplies - ones that must hold up to the elements.
  4. When?
    To embrace the drawing lifestyle, you must be ready to draw at any moment.
  5. Marks and Lineweights
    The foundation of the field sketch begins with marks and lines. These principles help in creating the structure or "bones" of a drawing.
  6. Light and Shadow
    The magic of the field sketch is captured with light and shadow. These techniques will allow you to bring a drawing from the second to the third dimension.
  7. Framing the Landscape
    Before you draw the landscape in full, you must learn to identify a compelling scene or view. In this chapter, learn the techniques of composition and perspective.
  8. Proportion & Scale
    People and objects in space are all relative to one another.
  9. In Closing
    Looking back on what we've learned, and looking forward to what's coming up in Course 2.

Published 2013