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

    • Kaia
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      Chirps: 14
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    • It was fun and pushes you to look at the lines not the whole drawing.  But I think it was harder to get proportions correct and I did more erasing than if I sketched looking at a complete picture.Upside down dwg
    • Carole
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      Chirps: 5
      upside down sparrow I found no how hard I tried, I could not draw the seed pod first.  I had to draw the sparrow and then the seed pod.  I needed an anchor so I could get the direction placement of shapes.  I found this very challenging.
    • Brenda
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      Chirps: 10
      Not too bad (though the belly is a bit fluffy!). I noticed as I got into drawing that I stopped worrying about drawing a sparrow, but the forms of a sparrow. I started to recognize how negative space influences the relationship of shapes and how the "landmarks" in perception allowed me to recognize when a shape was too high, too small, too big, etc. Fun exercise! Upside down drawing
    • Diane
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      Chirps: 6
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    • Kathy
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      Chirps: 4
      upside down 10.01.22 2nd   This was very challenging and very engaging--not so much fun as absorbing!
    • Karen
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      Chirps: 15
      Wow, that was really hard and I didn’t quite get it right but it was a lot of fun. I did it in pencil then inked the lines and erased the pencil—no I didn’t draw it in ink :)     60B2BC10-CC50-42CD-88E9-21CBD870F4DC
    • Gillie
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      Chirps: 26
      Lol!  That was sooo tempting. Draw what you see
    • Cheryl
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      Chirps: 10
      Sparrow It was interesting drawing the sparrow upside down. I knew it was a sparrow, but I really tried to focus on the shapes and the negative and positive spaces.
    • Jennifer
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      Chirps: 6
      I was surprised by how much easier it was to focus on shapes when drawing upside down & how well the final drawing turned out. CD585C01-8716-423B-8FB6-FA9CC651270D
    • Rhonda
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      Chirps: 6
      This was difficult. I will need to repeat both proportions and upside-down drawing. I fell that even trying to concentrate n just shapes, I could not keep the proportions right.
    • Jane
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      Chirps: 25
      In my opinion, upside-down drawing was both fun and difficult. I viewed as a collection of shapes, lines, and proportions… as best as I could. The erratic lines were a challenge (perhaps this would have been better as an earlier in the day exercise- I did this one fairly close to bedtime!) 44ED7203-32D9-4CE0-8FA4-78E16FF497B9
    • Debra
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      Chirps: 16
      Upside down drawing was fun because it is challenging. I guess as I was drawing, I was aware that it was a bird but also was looking at how the shapes related to each other. For some reason, I had difficulty sizing this drawing down to fit my smaller nature journal. I had to erase what I started and then kind of put some marks at the edges so I'd know how much space I could take up. Even so, I know the bird's leg is shorter than it should be because I was out of space! So lots of erasures on this one!IMG_8710
    • Arti
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      Chirps: 1
      20220507_153149Drawing upside down was difficult. It took a while to remember to keep the proportions while drawing
    • Cecilia Louise
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      Chirps: 13
      Upside-down drawing was pretty easy. It took me a little while at the beginning to stop thinking about it as a bird and just as a shape with lines in the middle, but once I got over that yes, it was lots of fun. It's easier, I find, to get things in accurate proportions when you're focusing on it as a mere shape rather than as a bird. IMG_20220505_111321
    • Natalija
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      Chirps: 16
      The upside-down drawing was easy and a lot of fun. I was pleasantly surprised at how thinking about the individual shapes and not the big picture made the drawing process more relaxing. upside down exercise
    • TJ
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      Chirps: 7
      Fun exercise. Keeping track of each shape was tricky, especially in the breast feathers. I was viewing as a collection of shapes and lines, it was too awkward to view as a whole bird. I was surprised by the accuracy when I turned it upright after I was finished. 7A175AAE-59D5-4BDB-BC24-6C38922D40DF_1_201_a
    • Kayla
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      Chirps: 19
      IMG-7185IMG-7186 Upside down drawing was difficult. I was able to view the sections as shapes, but there were definitely times where I viewed things as part of a bird rather than  a shape. The patterns on the breast and belly were particularly difficult, but when I flipped it over I felt better about it. The only parts that really bother me are that the head feels a bit too small, and the left leg is too long.
    • Olivia
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      Chirps: 17
      It was fun but more difficult than I thought at first. Usually I start drawing or I take as a guide from top (head) to bottom (rest of the body), until the drawing is complete, and curious but for the exercise, I needed to do in the same way so I started draw in the opposite direction, bottom (h.) to top (r.o.b) / In combination I could see what bird is, and then, looking for different shapes, lines, etc (and getting to fly my imagination of course) I found yes, something else, but it´s easy to find it if you roll your eyes (it's a little trick) that I shade to emphasise. dia18febrero
    • Christine
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      Chirps: 9
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    • Christine
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      Chirps: 9
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    • Ria
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      Chirps: 22
      RVK_SongSparrowUpsideDownRVK_SongSparrowUpright I also surprised myself! It was more difficult than I expected it to be, really required me to slow down, and challenged my concentration and perception. There were times I got lost and had to regroup. That being said, I think the accuracy is well worth the effort!
    • Anastasis
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      Chirps: 10
      It was fun and I was surprised by the final outcome. WhatsApp Image 2021-12-09 at 19.20.24
    • Nancy
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      Chirps: 16
      This lesson was fun.  Especially when it was time to turn the bird right side up and see how the drawing turned out.  The body of the bird was the most challenging.  I was pretty absorbed in this lesson.  AD5F9D39-E731-4977-A83B-133E913BFAD5
    • Katherine
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      Chirps: 2
      Upsidedownsketch10_24_21 I definitely had to slow down and concentrate.  This was one of the best drawing exercises I've ever down.