When it comes to artwork, designers hold a variety of preferences. Some use three-dimensional drawing software while others prefer to create a perspective rendering.
It’s also possible to use a combination approach. Landscape
architect and pool builder Michael Logsdon prefers
However, if the backyard in question is particularly large and
complex, with multiple elevations, he might also put his design in
a three-dimensional software program so he can show it to customers
as a back-up to the rendering.
“Some people don’t need a 3D sketch, but most people
can’t visualize from a plan,” says Logsdon, president
of Land Design in Boerne, Texas.
Steve Chepurny takes a similar approach. The president and director
of sales for Beechwood Landscape Architecture & Construction in
Southampton, N.J., generally works from a plan, but sometimes a
design has features that can’t be conveyed in a
bird’s-eye view. In these cases, he’ll take the extra
time to craft a perspective drawing. This gives clients a better
sense of the flow and how it will feel to be in the space.
Most designers prefer their drawings in color, but some will use
black-and-white. “It doesn’t stick a preconception in
their mind of which colors to use,” says Joey Pecoraro,
owner/designer for Las Vegas-based Architectural Design Concepts.
“If I draw a particular material and they don’t like
it, I’m not stuck with that color on the board. I can say,
‘We can go with this color scheme, or here’s another
scheme if you like this better.’”
Pecoraro leaves all the drawings in black and white to allow for
materials changes down the road. “Six months later I might
find another material that works better,” he says.