BeLoose Graphic Workshop


BeLoose Graphic Workshop

A group that will introduce new tips and tricks on hands graphic and answer any questions you may have.  The popular BeLoose Graphic Workshop is where you want to refine your hand graphics to the next level and achieve your goal beyond your dream.

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Free webinar on graphic tips

You are cordially invited to join my free Webinar on loose drawing tips on December 18th from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (PST-San Francisco). This one hour entertaining session will get you very excited and learn immensely at the same time. Free registrations are very limited, so act quickly to ensure a good spot in your study room. Click this link to register:  See you on line.

Landscape Architecture Discussion Forum

Any questions in sketching, drawing or rendering? Even in perspective set up method.

Hi,Brian Lin and I will be very happy to answer any questions on perspective setting up method, rendering techniques in pencil, ink, colored pencil, marker and watercolor.  We have over 35 years of…Continue

Started by Mike Lin Aug 21, 2011.

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Comment by Mike Lin on April 12, 2014 at 5:11am

Tips of the Week:
Drawing a Tree

A simple 5 mins tree with Chartpak markers:  First outlined it with red or 6B pencil and render leaves with Grass Green and Nile Green; trunk with Buff, Suntan and Mocha.  Finally outlined it with black Sharpie and hit it with Prismacolor pencils - Poppy Red and True Blue.  Always apply markers from lighter to darker color and leave appropriate white space. Use darker green to show off lighter trunk and don't forget to illustrate the zig-zag shape of tree.  Copy this drawing a couple of times and you will be good.

Comment by Mike Lin on September 9, 2013 at 3:49am

Better attitude can affect your drawing skills immensely

Ever since I have changed my attitude to be better and looser, my drawing skills improved drastically. These are what I have changed:
* I will no longer want to compete with my peers, just want to draw better than my wife, that is all.
* I begin to realize that the more mistakes I have made on drawing, the better I can improve upon it when properly criticized. The mistake is on a sheet of paper but not on my life.
* I know that to be a good designer, drawing is just a process and not a product like an artist, so I don't need to draw well as long as I can convey ideas to the clients effectively.
* I draw because I enjoy and not to draw in order to please someone else.
* There is no perfect drawing, so why try so hard.
* If someone laughs at my drawings, it doesn't bother me anymore, they are just a group of professional AH who specialize in making others to be upset, so why argue, just leave them along.
* I love to share what I know so I can learn from others. Sharing creates repetitiveness that leads you to learn more with better understanding.
* If I can't draw well, simply because I am not done yet, but I firmly believe I can draw, that is a great feeling even if I lied a little. After all, I am still alive and why get upset with drawing when it is only a small part of your life. To me, family, friends and health is far more important than a good drawing.
* My skill can't get worse and there is a tomorrow to improve. Also I am glad I can always draw better than my clients,

With the above good attitudes, everyone can draw better. So go for it. Attached is the "Falling Water" in charcoal, I was surprised to get it drawn in just 15 minutes on 36" x 36" bond paper, may be I was very relax and I didn't care for the result.

Comment by Mike Lin on May 22, 2013 at 10:39am

TIP OF THE WEEK: How to place people in a sketch

It is very easy to place people in sketches or perspectives with the following rules:

1. You must assume yourself is a 5 ft tall person and people you are drawing are all 5 ft. tall just like you.

2. Draw an eye line on paper, then sketch or trace people with their eyes located on the eye line.

3. Draw people bigger (closer to you) or smaller (further away from you) so your sketch has good depth with interest.

4. If you don't know how to draw people well, don't attempt as bad people can quickly ruin your drawing, so find any entourage books and trace people into your sketch, just to make sure their eyes are all on the same eye line.  Believe it or not, over 90% designers are tracing people from entourage books. So should you.

Comment by Mike Lin on May 15, 2013 at 8:42am

Do you have hard time drawing good looking trees?  Here are some tips:

1. Use of a black pen and outlines the tree with one of the four leaf languages -
    Concave, Convex, Wendy and McDonald.

2. Don't draw any details inside a tree, just apply it with 45 degree strokes,solid
    color or leave it blank.

3. Use only one language per tree or grass, however, you may use of McDonald
    on the top of a tree and Wendy on the bottom to show a deciduous tree, or
    use of Wendy on the top and McDonald on the bottom as an evergreen tree.

4. Most often people draw badly as they draw too much details inside the tree.

5. Once you master these 4 languages, you can apply them to any field sketches
    easily  and convincingly.

Remember, it is not really hard to draw good trees if you draw less details and
use of four leaf languages.  Trees can ruin or save a drawing, so now you can
practice the following trees at your leisure time and soon you can be very good.

Mike Lin, Director
BeLoose Graphic Workshop



Comment by Mike Lin on April 28, 2013 at 11:47am

Tips of the "Loose Sketch" with Marker and Pen
BeLoose Graphic Workshop - Mike Lin

Tips of the Loose Sketch with Marker and Pen

Often when you like make sketches to be loose and lovely with markers and pen,
here are some tips to help you achieve great results and satisfactions:

  • Paper: Use of paper towel, napkin or any rough texture paper.

  • Outlined with black ink pen: First outlined the sketch with black pen, the darker marker colors used, the thicker pen needed.  Thick pen like "Sharpie" or thin pen like "LePen" are recommended.

  • Colored with markers: Colored the sketch using primary colors (Yellow, Red, Blue) or complimentary colors (Yellow-Purple, Red-Green, Orange-Blue) to create vivid and excitement appearance.

  • Over Edges: Use lighter marker and color over black lines to achieve looseness look. If darker marker colors used, the black lines need to be thicker.

  • White Space: Leave at least 20-40% white space to catch eyes.
Comment by Mike Lin on December 7, 2012 at 4:12am

Tips for a Quick, Loose and Good Sketch

To make a quick, loose and good sketch, you need to observe the following tips:

1.  Freehand Lines (without straight edge).
2.  Overlap Corners (when two lines cross).

3.  45 Degree Strokes (apply strokes to create tone in building, tree and sky).
4.  Gradual Value Change (apply it to bern, building and lake).

5.  Professional Gaps (leave gaps within a line).
6.  Compose a Sketch in 3 Parts - Foreground (post, roof, rail and leaves),
     Middle-ground (lake
with island) and Background (building with orange sunset).

7.  Colored in Six Colors - Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple
     (don't ever miss one).

8.  Colored in Complimentary Colors - Blue and Orange, Green and Red, Yellow
     and Purple, (colored adjacent to each other).

9.  Create Focal Point - (colored concentrate in the center of the sketch).
10. Leave White Space (in lake and foreground building).

Hope the above tips with the sketch below will help you to apprehend the basic skills of a quick hand sketch.  Sketch is by Brian Lin, outlined with pen and rendered with colored pencils on white trace paper. 20 minutes.  Remember, it isn't hard to create a good sketch if you bear the principles of graphics.

Mike Lin
BeLoose Graphic Workshop

Comment by Mike Lin on November 21, 2012 at 3:50pm

Dear Land8 Member,

I have often heard from many designers who said they can't draw because they don't have talent, or don't have good drawing ability in their blood.  So after 40 years of teaching people how to better themselves in graphic skills and have written three graphic text books, I like to share the following proper attitudes toward good hand graphics.  If you can comprehend the list below, you have won half of the battle. 

* You don't need to be talented to draw well, you just need to work hard, learn graphic tips and imitate other people's work.  Most accomplished illustrators start from zero level and become so good with great attitudes.

* Due to limitation of published word count allowable on Land8, please click Here for more.

During my graphic demonstration, most people have told me I was born with talent.  Honestly, I can't draw at all when I started my architectural school, but after years and years of making mistakes and with my persistence in trying and willingness to fail, I now become the BEST drawer in my family.  When I have a bad day, I always never forget to ask my wife to show me how she draws a tree, of course her drawing made me laugh and made my day.  Therefore, I no longer am interested in competition with the best illustrators around the world, that indeed gives me less pressure.

Remember, sooner or later, we all are going to kick the bucket and rest forever, so why try so hard to compete with others and receive unnecessary stress and perhaps die younger.

Hope you will agree what I said above and just draw, draw and draw with good attitude, soon you will find the joy of sketching.  To learn Graphic tips taught by our BeLoose Graphic Workshop, click here,  To see more drawing attitudes, click here.  Hope you have a good day.

Mike Lin

Designed and Rendered in less than 4 hours by Matthew Kerr in our January workshop 2009.  Outlined with black LePen and rendered with Chartpak markers and little colored pencils.  You are still not too late to join our January workshop 2013 in Manhattan Kansas that we will increase your graphic level beyond your dream and your life will be filled with fun and joy.  We have special discount for Land8 members.

Comment by Mike Lin on August 25, 2012 at 1:13am

Simple Tips of Applying Colors to a Drawing:

Do you know when we stare at a color (Blue for example), we actually saw the opposite color of the color wheel (Orange), these blue and orange colors are known as complementary colors in the color theory (see below left for a test). 

Therefore two colors (Blue-Orange, Red-Green, and Yellow-Purple) complement each other and create interest and excitement.  I am including the following examples of each pair of complementary colors:


 Blue - Orange

Blue- Orange: A well known San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge was purposely painted orange color to compliment the blue sky and ocean.  That is also why nature creates human skin in orange color to complement 75% of the universe (sky and ocean). 

No wonder why every television's talk show always has blue color background to make people’s faces look more interesting to watch on the TV screen.  If you are swimming in the ocean and need to wear a life jacket, orange color is the best choice so people can easily find you if you are in trouble.  You can also wear blue if you don't want to be found.

Red - Green   Continue....

Comment by Tonie C. on July 8, 2012 at 9:47pm
Hi Brian, Thanks for your response, somehow I missed it until now. Vellum is a bit pricey, so I ended up buying Canson light weight bond which works a lot like marker paper. I like your trace on foamcore style too. How do you mount it?
Comment by Tonie C. on May 3, 2012 at 1:38pm

Hmm, can't find a way to search these posts. 

Has anyone found a place that sells marker paper on rolls?  Alternatively... does anyone use vellum with ChartPak markers? 

I'm sick of bond sucking up my markers, but I need large format.  Thanks!


PS  Hi Mike & Brian!


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Any questions in sketching, drawing or rendering? Even in perspective set up method.

Hi,Brian Lin and I will be very happy to answer any questions on perspective setting up method, rendering techniques in pencil, ink, colored pencil, marker and watercolor.  We have over 35 years of experience in teaching designers around the world…Continue

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