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A Beginner’s Guide to Drawing a Garden

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Drawing a garden is one of those creative pursuits that are not only therapeutic but also functional in redesigning your space. If you got new ideas on making your garden setup more beautiful, it’s time to make them into reality. You won’t even have to hire a professional architect or landscape artist to do the planning—you have the power to do it on your own. And you will learn just that in this quick read.

Why should you start drawing a garden?

Whether you are drawing as a hobby or out of necessity, garden drawing is nevertheless a fun activity to do. There are several reasons why people draw a garden, and here are some to convince you:

  • Gives you a detailed perspective of how you want your garden to look
  • Allows you to know how many plants you need to fill your space
  • Helps you choose the right plants for your garden
  • Creates a record of the plants you have for future reference
  • Enables you to explore possibilities in your garden, helping you make the garden of your dreams

The materials you need in drawing a garden plan

In your drawing a garden design, you only need a few essential tools to get you started:

  • Blank paper and a tracing paper
  • Regular pencil
  • Eraser
  • Colored pencils
  • Ruler
  • Tape

How to draw a garden

In drawing a garden, you’ll need to create the perspective first. Perspective drawing refers to the drawing of a 3-dimensional scene on a 2-dimensional surface. In this case, the 3-D scene is the garden, while the 2D surface is the sketch paper. Drawing perspective will allow you to capture your space and test out ideas, explore potential plantings, and even redesign your landscape.

Here are the beginner-friendly steps to learn how to draw a garden:

1. Take a photo of your yard and print it.

Grab your phone and capture your yard in its widest and clearest view. If many plants block the view, you may set them aside first to get an excellent view to capture. Ensure that you include structures within the scene like the house, patio, fences, or gate.

Having a clear wide view of your yard will make it easy to outline how you want to redesign it later on. 

Once done with the photo, upload it on your computer and edit the image to get a good outline for your drawing. You can do this by using any kind of beginner-friendly photo editing software. Reduce the contrast and increase the brightness to fade it out.

This photo is where you will draw your perspective and garden plan. Print it on a blank white sheet of paper.

2. Draw the perspective lines first.

Now that you have a surface to draw on, the first things to draw are the perspective lines. You can find them by looking at the hardscape, the structures, or the straight line of the lawn. Trace the two perspective lines that cross each other at one point. 

Once the perspective lines are drawn, trace the other lines that are prominent in the picture. Draw all the vertical and horizontal lines that connect to the perspective lines. These will give you a skeletal structure of your yard, where you will draw in the other elements.

3. Start drawing structures.

Next, start filling in the lawn with all the structures in the picture. These are all hardscapes or elements that are not plants. They can be the bench, fences, house, pathway, or patio. Ensure all horizontal lines you draw are parallel. Make use of a ruler to ensure the straightness of your lines.

4. Draw the plants.

Now, draw the plants in the form of basic shapes. Shrubs and small plants can be of oval shapes or inverted triangles. Your sketch may appear a bit messy for now, but that would be cleared up on the next step once you have placed all profiles of the plants you have in the yard.

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5. Get a tracing paper and sketch above your initial draft.

Tape a fine tracing paper over your drawing and ensure it sits right above the drawing you did. Put the tapes on the edge of the tracing paper to prevent it from moving as you draw on it.

Start drawing the plants, then the hardscape. Give them the characters they have—make the shrubs bushy and the grasses spiky. Then, in drawing the hardscapes, make use of a ruler to retrace the lines and draw clear structures. 

In this step, you are basically tidying up the messy draft you drew earlier—but this time, in a more detailed manner. 

6. Color it up.

Now that you have drawn the yard, you may now start coloring the drawing. The colors will give life to your drawings. Picking the colors may be a bit tricky if you are not used to draw. But a good tip would be starting with one color that you like and applying it to elements in the drawing that need it. 

Then, diversify the colors gradually by using a specific color on the multiple plants in the yard. You can also do some shading and sharpening to add emphasis.

And voila, just like that, you have finished drawing your garden. You can even use this method in drawing your dream garden—just replace the existing plants and structures you want. That was a seamless process that any beginner would nail.

How can you learn to draw a garden?

Garden drawing might seem pretty straightforward, but what would help you ace the craft is relying on some helpful resources. Here are some ways you can perfect your garden drawing.

  • Take an art class.

Art classes are readily available online. Some are paid, some are not. Regardless of what you prefer, you can seize the opportunity to improve your drawing through these. One of the best choices is enrolling in a drawing course from Skill Success. Here are some top recommendations for you:

  • Watch tutorials online.

Most online tutorials are basically free. And the best part of it is you can find garden drawing experts offering free resources to teach beginners like you. In addition, you’ll find amazing artists on YouTube, forums, and more.

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