View Full Version : rate my first drawing! pics inside....

04-06-2007, 12:57 AM
hey guys, i am still new to the industry and would like to post up m first official customer drawing. it seems to be striking some of my family and friends by the coloring making it "pop" opposed to the standard cad drawing. i like to use a combination of computer work, as well as some good ol classic artwork. let me know what you think, what i should work on and such, thanks!!


04-06-2007, 01:05 AM
Looks sweet... Drafting has become one of my favorite things to do... Keep up the Good Work...

04-06-2007, 01:57 AM

04-06-2007, 02:00 AM
very very good. nice shading details on those trees...

Big M LawnnSnow
04-06-2007, 06:01 AM
Very Nice....

04-06-2007, 09:07 AM
i hope that they are paying you well for you designs. it looks very good though.

04-06-2007, 10:19 AM
Looks pretty good

04-06-2007, 10:25 AM
I think it looks great. My only thing I wouldn't have done is colored the house. It is the biggest thing in the drawing and I think it takes away from the actuall plants. If you feel you have to color it, maybe lighter or with less detail? Good work.

04-06-2007, 10:33 AM
Nice work, looks good ...

Matts lawn care
04-06-2007, 11:26 AM
I think it looks great. I think with the house and the roof colored it gives the client an idea of what the finished product will look like. Just my opinion.

wurkn with amish
04-06-2007, 03:08 PM
Not too bad.
May be next time use a straight edge to get your lines better.

04-06-2007, 03:46 PM
i wish I could draw like that. I hate the cad programs that just use the same circles for all the plants. I wouldn't change anything if I were you

04-06-2007, 05:10 PM
The lettering looks good, and you did a nice job selecting colors. However, there are several key things that should be addressed. Next time, start by drawing the plan using pencil. Make everything perfect with a T-square, square, ruler, straight edge, and circle template. Then, go over the pencil lines with an ink drawing pen, and make sure to show textures on the plants. Next, add slight shadowing to the bottom right edge of all plants, walls, etc. that would leave a shadow. Last, color the drawing. I like to use both marker and colored pencil. I would not color house next time, but that is only personal preference, not a rule. You did a great job for a first drawing. I hope this helps.


VO Landscape Design
04-06-2007, 05:13 PM
Nice elevation drawing. Not my strong suit:laugh: . I too might lighten up the house which would put the focal point on the landscaping items.
Good job.

04-06-2007, 05:26 PM

thanks for really boosting my self esteem here, i needed it. i am literally new to this whole landscaping thing, and figured, it cant be brain surgery so when i was offered the position, i jumped on it. you guys are great offering advice and such nice comments. i truly do appreciate it and am officially hooked to this forum now. i have been here at my new job for about 2 1/2 wks now and i love it. i do grunt work, and this designing stuff as well(what i got hired for). this drawing is actually getting shown to the customer the next room over, so i will let you all know how it goes. thanks again!!

more advice and comments would be great, the more the better.:cool2:

04-06-2007, 06:21 PM
Did you sell the job? That will tell you how good it was :D

04-06-2007, 06:40 PM
I think your in the wrong profession, but if you landscape as well as you draw, make sure you charge well for it.

04-07-2007, 02:53 PM
well for our company that job there is normally aroun 7-8k. we let the woman take it home for her husband to look over. i am only 22 and have only been at this job for about 2-3 wks, but i am loving it so far. keep the comments rolling, i like advice and such. :waving:

04-08-2007, 12:24 AM
Looks good.

I suggest color pencils for coloring as you can smudge and shade better without lines.........ink for outlines and shadows.

04-08-2007, 02:28 AM
nice work but i agree 10000 % on that straight edge game also did you use a scale ? my other thought out of curiosity did you design this .

I think i will start a picture thread nice job

04-09-2007, 01:05 AM
it is not to scale, which is a major downside. however, i am in the process of learning to work with scale. as i said i am still new, and as long as the customer can be given a general idea of what it will look like, then all is good. and also, i did design this with help of another co-worker who mentioned some ideas on plants to use, i just placed them where i thought they would look good.

for my next one, i am using a scale, using a straight edge on everything, not completely freehanding, and also waiting to use color until all is completely being drawn up.

04-09-2007, 07:23 PM
Good luck! It is very satisfying when you work hard on a drawing the customer loves it. I'm looking forward to seeing your next one.

Superior L & L
04-10-2007, 08:59 AM
Looks cool, I dont know everything but I would use a sharpie to outline the house on the drawing. it will outline the house a little stronger. Oh yer and straight lines!!!!

9 out of 10 very cool, my drawing would be a 3 out of 10 thats why we hired a design girl