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  1. erikalynnsorensen
    July 10, 2010
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    This is a beautiful design, and the video time lapse was a great idea. Could you suggest any good books to get about landscape drawings?

  2. KingbirdDesign
    July 12, 2010
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    @erikalynnsorensen Thank you! My favorite book on landscape architecture drawing is Drawing and Designing with Confidence by Mike W. Lin, ASLA. It has great examples for inspiration and some decent instruction. A more simple approach is found in Landscape Graphics by Grant W. Reid, FASLA.

    Thanks again and check back as we will be posting more video soon.

  3. Ernie Eichhorn
    October 23, 2010
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    wow! too cool!
    I like the use of markers and color pencils, makes a pretty nice contrast.

    can't wait for the next one!

  4. KingbirdDesign
    October 24, 2010
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    @daumite Thank you, we are in the middleο»Ώ of our next time lapse project. With luck, it will be up in a week or two.

  5. Ernie Eichhorn
    January 20, 2011
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    Ya…so…
    I was promised another upload like 2 months ago, getting tired of waiting over here…

    just kidding, but seriously that is an awesome vid it would be too bad if that was the only one that you did.

  6. KingbirdDesign
    January 20, 2011
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    @daumite Thanks for keeping me in line. Have you had a chance to view our Time Lapse Barbecue Smoker video? That is the one I was referring to. Check it out on our channel, Kingbird Design. We are planning more in the future as well.

  7. rutgers grappler
    August 11, 2011
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    How did you learn to color so well?I'm a Landscape Architecture student and I was told that my symbol drawing was some of the best my professors have sen..but it gets killed with my coloring( I don't make the plan pop).Is it marker and colored pencils? ..do I have to use lighter colors?

  8. KingbirdDesign
    August 11, 2011
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    @littlefuzzer Thank you! Yes, it is colored pencil and very light marker on bond paper. I took much of my technique from a workshop taught by Mike Lin, ASLA. He is very good at presenting a few tricks to cover very basic principles of rendering and color theory. Our student chapter of ASLA arranged to bring him out to our school. You might try to get that ball rolling. Or you could pick up his book, Drawing and Designing with Confidence. You should get the book either way, it's good inspiration

  9. KingbirdDesign
    August 11, 2011
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    I feel the biggest key is to use lots of different colors layered lightly on top of each other. All the plants in this rendering have at least 3 different color layers in them. The bigger ones have 5 or more. That gives the plan a greater depth and lends realism.

  10. rutgers grappler
    August 12, 2011
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    @KingbirdDesign Where are you a student? Or are you a teacher?I am actually a grad student at Cornell and got my undergrad at Rutgers.We really did not go over coloring or texturizing.It seems to be a dying art to make plans just have that 3 dimentional effect,Anyway..thanks for the tips..much appreciated

  11. rutgers grappler
    August 12, 2011
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    Also..do know any workshops for Auto Cad? What do you think of Dynascape versus Auto Cad..thanks..sorry to be a pain.

  12. KingbirdDesign
    August 12, 2011
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    @littlefuzzer I graduated with my undergrad from Utah State University in 2008. I operate my own small design firm, Kingbird Design here in Salt Lake City.

    I agree, good renderings are often undervalued.

  13. KingbirdDesign
    August 12, 2011
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    @littlefuzzer Sorry, I don't know of any specific AutoCad workshops and I don't have any experience with Dynascape so I can't comment on that. I would be interested in any reviews/critiques you may have.

  14. Adrian Vasile
    August 21, 2011
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    Nice project, and good stop motion montage.

  15. KingbirdDesign
    August 27, 2011
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    @ubi8484 Thank you, I appreciate the comment

  16. KingbirdDesign
    August 29, 2011
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    @J0hanPG Thank you! You're right, practice is the best tool. The only quick tip I can think of is to use lots of subtle layers of color. The more layers you use, the deeper the image.

  17. thinkblue1005
    December 3, 2011
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    absolutely beautiful! im just now looking into landscape architecture as a career path but im not good at drawing :/ thats the only thing holding me back

  18. Blacknedsunrise18
    December 10, 2011
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    Perfection ! πŸ™‚

  19. KingbirdDesign
    December 10, 2011
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    @thinkblue1005 you shouldn't let that hold you back. There are lots of ways to learn. If you are passionate about landscape architecture, just go for it.

  20. KingbirdDesign
    December 10, 2011
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    Thank you

  21. ziyidas
    December 24, 2011
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    SUPERB!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ YOU ARE AMAZING! what paper is this!? πŸ˜€ thank you sooo much! πŸ˜€ more power to you! πŸ˜€

  22. KingbirdDesign
    January 9, 2012
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    @ziyidas Thank you! It was done on standard bond paper.

  23. james peters
    February 1, 2012
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    Very enjoyable thank you

  24. xtremetom180
    February 1, 2012
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    good work here

  25. Nejc .tr
    February 1, 2012
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    and the sunlight passes gently over the plan telling you how long it had actually taken to finish πŸ™‚

  26. KingbirdDesign
    February 1, 2012
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    Thank you, everyone, for your kind comments.

  27. Andrew DeWitt
    February 13, 2012
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    @thinkblue1005 I agree with Kingbird, if you like everything else about it definitely don't let drawing hold you back. Especially if you pick the right school/program you'll spend a lot of time being taught how, practicing, and developing your drawing abilities no matter how good you are when you start. For example, I'm at Ball State University and they do a great job at this. I've seen people who struggled to draw stick figures back when my class first started turn out gorgeous drawings.

  28. Shaun Dixon
    April 27, 2012
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    what eqwitmant are you using plz

  29. KingbirdDesign
    April 28, 2012
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    I used standard bond paper with pen, Chartpak marker, and colored pencils.

  30. chuggawoo
    September 25, 2012
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    this looks beautiful very inspiring

  31. cj18
    September 30, 2012
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    Hello. I have a question. What's the term for the "box" that's usually situated on the bottom right corner of a landscape plan, containing information such as: title, scale, company name, beneficiary name etc. ?

  32. KingbirdDesign
    September 30, 2012
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    Thank you

  33. KingbirdDesign
    September 30, 2012
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    I believe you are referring to the term "title block."

  34. swiss chard
    October 15, 2012
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    do you have to be good at math to do this career?
    and do you have to be a good drawing artist?

  35. KingbirdDesign
    October 24, 2012
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    I haven't had to do much math beyond algebra, others might disagree. Artistic skills definitely help, but you can learn how to draw with practice and patience.

  36. Minecraftsucks1
    December 9, 2012
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    Shouldn't you use vellum or film?

  37. iyo chan
    January 4, 2013
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    aare u lanscape student…

  38. KingbirdDesign
    January 9, 2013
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    I was. I graduated in 2008 from Utah State University.

  39. KingbirdDesign
    January 9, 2013
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    Those are both good options. My goals for this drawing didn't require vellum, and I liked the look of the colored pencils and markers on the bond.

  40. Halcyon
    March 10, 2013
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    I thought professionals only used CAD now! So nice to see a hand drawn plan.

  41. KingbirdDesign
    March 13, 2013
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    Thank you, most CAD images seem to lack the depth of a hand rendering.

  42. hahateershoho
    September 27, 2013
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    Hi .. Why dont u do tutorials ? ;]

  43. KingbirdDesign
    October 7, 2013
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    Thanks, I am planning on doing some simple tutorials in the near future. Stay tuned.

  44. KingbirdDesign
    October 7, 2013
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    I'm planning on posting some simple landscape graphics tutorials soon. Is there anything in particular that you'd like to see demonstrated?

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