How to Draw a Garden to Scale

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When drawing a garden to scale you want to draw so that the elements of the garden are proportioned properly. Learn how to draw a garden to scale with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Jessica, and I'm an artist, and today we're going to draw a garden to scale. Specifically, we're going to draw a flower garden. So we're going to start with a bridge. We have this lovely little bridge in the middle of our garden. Just going to make an arc just like that, and a few lines across to show this bridge arcing across. We can do a couple logs underneath if we like. Just like that. Now this is sort of the focal point, the middle of our garden and then we're going to do our garden around it. So over here, we've got some trees and shrubs coming up. You can just take your pen or your marker and just put some dots. Just a bunch of various dots that kind of surround this area here. And then we're going to come in with another color. I like pink. We're going to put some nice pink dots in here too to show some flowers that are growing. And we're just going to bring them all around just like that. Then you can really go crazy with these. You can put as many as you like. Now underneath the bridge, there's really nothing under there. Maybe a little creek or something, but we're going to take some green lines here and just bring it up. Maybe it's some grass, maybe it's some vegetables growing, what have you. Then we're going to take the green and we're going to bring it kind of parallel to show a nice smooth grassy area. You can take your pen or your marker and you can just make this kind of smooth. Over here we've got another little shrub right here. These are some flowers and they connect to these lovely stems. And this is really to scale, right. Because depending on where you are in the garden, is what the size of the flowers are going to be. Say we've got a guy standing on the bridge looking out over his work. Very proud of himself because he made this beautiful garden. And see he's a little back, so he's going to be a little smaller than the flowers because he's back a little bit. And our grass just goes on. Goes on and on and then behind him there's a hill with more grass on it, and there are some trees up here. So we're going to show a couple trunks like that. And just go back with the green and you can do dots to symbolize the flora and the fauna or you can do these kind of shapes like this. The lovely thing about drawing a garden is that there's so much color in it, it all kind of gets blended together. Sometimes you can't even really differentiate exactly what's going on. So if you just put lots of color in, you kind of can't go wrong. Couple little things like that. And got some more bushes over here. And that is how you draw a garden to scale.

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