The Cornell Lab Bird Academy Discussion Groups Nature Journaling and Field Sketching Drawing What You See – Upside Down Drawing

    • Mary Jo
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    • William
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      This was a good exercise.  I found that I was looking more at the shapes than the subject.DSC_9464
    • Linda
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      This was fun to do although challenging when it involves patience and self control. I found it difficult to adjust proportions. Everyone has such beautiful post. image
    • Barbara T.
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    • Steve
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      • imageNot sure how to get vertical, but a really useful exercise and one I will repeat
    • Jean
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      This was very difficult. I tried to use proportion tricks from the last lesson but really struggled. The chest markings werevery complicated to includeupside down bird
    • Carrie
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      This was fun to do, but I did find it to be a little difficult.  I ended up not getting the wings so well, but I think I started to hurry as it was taking a good deal of time.  The part I didn't rush I was quite impressed with.  This is such a great technique to learn to look beyond what the mind sees!  Love this course!
    • Christy
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      This was fun, but difficult.  The feet were really hard. I was able to view the subject as a collection of shapes and lines.  I have never drawn anything but stick figures - I hope I can get better with practice. I love this course.a1KEk%ywSuuQyPsjDEMbEw
    • Shirley
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    • Aimee
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      This exercise was a good test in patience. I found myself drawing a lot slower and using my eraser more than usual. It was hard not to sketch an overall shape of the bird to get proportion right, so mine came out a bit more slender than it should've been. IMG_5460
    • Kati
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      i found this pretty difficult, because i couldn't concentrate enough. It's probably because i'm less excited about contour line drawing, and i'm more interested in gesture drawing, or shading.  i definitely will need to practice more. IMG_20191103_142645
    • Peggy
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    • Chris
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      I found that my drawing was more accurate  drawing it upside down. That was amazing!!IMG_0271 copy
    • Chris
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    • Jessica
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      This was a bit of challenge, my main issue was finding the proper proportion and negative space since I started by the feet and then worked my way up.The patterns on the body was hard to measure since I should have added more space between the legs, but overall I think it helped me understand size and shapes. Upside Down-Song Sparrow
    • Joanne
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      The shape breakdown was definitely helpful and insightful. Some of the angles of my lines turned out really wonky though! At some points I felt like I was really concentrating well on what was there, and then I would catch myself thinking of the feathers or the talons as themselves. I need to practice more to see my subjects in many different ways.
    • Susan
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      IMG_4097A very challenging exercise for me. My brain wanted to see this as an upside down bird. I had moments when I could focus on the shapes and relationships and other times when my mind would freeze up! This made me understand that I need to relax and refrain from drawing something that isn't really in front of me. That was cool!
    • Sandy
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      Very cool exercise! with surprising outcome :-)IMG_2609
    • Susan
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      I really enjoyed doing this. It kept me out of my head in trying to get the relationships of the background and bird proportional. I tend to overthink it. Used the negative space lesson on this one too, so seeing the other shapes around the bird gave me good information. Your finished drawing would be a good coloring book page.
    • Donna
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      My body is a little thick but I got the head direction right.  This was hard but a good way of learning how to focus on shapes.   image
    • Sarah
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      I did this while chatting with a fam member. It made it actually easier to have my brain uninvolved in the ‘knowing’ of what type of bird...I focused on observing where the feet crossed the branch, where the tail feathers emerged, how many feathers, stripes, etc. I did get overwhelmed in0474B207-BE80-44FB-9D50-BD2E5C772D63 the middle with the unpatterned shapes of the belly. That’ll take some practice! Overall not bad!
    • Montecito
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    • kathleen
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      This exercise was difficult for me, the shapes in the middle made me a little dizzy. Overall I like how it came out but I am still having some difficulty with negative space, and keeping my focus on the shapes instead of trying to get good talons🙃image
    • Elizabeth
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      A9EBF5FF-3758-4934-800D-C9D64AEE2B46I was very surprised by the results when I turned the page upright! It was a lesson in patience as well.
    • Anne
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