When I pick up my pencil to doodle, my squiggles usually start morphing into plant shapes. I guess I’m a bit obsessed by the study of plants as shapes, textures, and masses, and by thinking about how to create balanced vignettes that are pleasing to the eye.
I’ve posted several times about the idea of picking plants by describing them as shapes, textures, their color or the quality of the leaves, and/or what job you need them to do for you in your garden. You can review some of those thoughts in these posts:
- Solving the Planting Design Puzzle
- Plant Combo Focusing on Plant Shape and Foliage Color
- 5 Tips for Picking Plants Like a Garden Design Pro
On a recent flight, I passed the time by churning out sketches of garden scenes; creating elevation-view sketches and then converting them into garden plans. Eventually these drawings will get translated to a digital medium once I recreate them on my iPad, but there’s something about actual, physical pencil-to-paper that's still the fastest and most freeing for me. I’ve created a series of short videos that capture this sketching technique in real time—warts and all!
Part One: Intro — You Can Do This, and I'll Show You How
Part Two: Create a Free-Form Elevation Sketch
Part Three: Create a Planting Plan from Your Sketch
Part Four: Putting it All Together — Picking Plants!