Study sketches help reduce design clutter and create more powerful landscapes, before drawing plan views.
To get inspired when not designing, a few years ago, I decided to carry a 3" x 5" memo pad to sketch on, easily fitting in the pockets of the shorts I wear on hikes or mountain bike rides. I'm finally doing that!
In the future, I'll sketch architecture, art, and natural areas with appealing combinations of elements. Landscape design is much about informed inspiration, often greatly lacking, so I'll take up that gauntlet.
I plan on taking 10-15 minutes each. Depending on my mood, I may also use prismacolors, a pencil, or other pen types. My rollerball-type pens stop working once grit gets into the roller part, so no more.
I try to post weekly, but I'm not yet sure on my sketch frequency!