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Introduction to Landscape Graphics Class

I’ve been wanting to take a formal, hand drafting class for awhile. My map drawings looked too much like middle-school art projects and I needed to learn how to take them to the next level.

Austin Community College offers Introduction to Landscape Graphics through their Continuing Education program. This class is exclusively about hand drafting techniques, and it was exactly what I was looking for. It worked out for me to take it in the Fall of 2014, and the results speak for themselves, I think.

(Above) A map of my property I drew before I took the class and (below) the map I drew for my final class project.

(Above) A map of my property I drew before I took the class and (below) the map I drew for my final class project.

Since I had done a lot of colored pencil art in high school, colored pencil was my go-to rendering tool for the above maps; however, I’ve really come around to working with markers, and so I invested in a set of Copic markers and have been sketching and rendering in markers since.

Some of my marker sketches

Some of my marker sketches, applying the techniques I learned in class.

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