I was sorry to hear that Architecture for Humanity is closing. The “Angry Architect” has a good post about it on Architizer. So, rather than paraphrasing, I am just linking to that post:
In doing some research on the tiny house movement I came across this video on the “WIlly Wonka” of tiny houses Brad Darby Kittel of Tiny Texas Houses. It is longish but interesting.
Tiny Texas Houses Website:
Sometimes its better to focus on how we come together rather than how far we are apart.
Thibault Camus / AP
Three important things to do when hand rendering plans (and elevations) are:
A layer color up by starting with a lighter marker color and adding multiple layers, this works far better than starting dark -trust me.
B always include shadows, not paying attention to windows or light-sources but by simply locating them consistently throughout drawing (all to the bottom/left for example).
C use a straight-edge made of matboard; cut the matboard in strips and use as an edge for the marker, this will keep lines straight and give greater control | while shown here for wood flooring this method can even be used for carpet, tile etc as a way to start a clean base layer.
This is straight from my book “Interior Design Visual Presentation” 4th edition.