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

    • Gail
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      Chirps: 10
      This was a difficult drawing exercise for me.  I focused only on creating shapes and negative spacing between them.  However, I tried to scale up the drawing to use up all of my paper and that caused problems with connecting the wings and other body parts.  Actual size vs illustration is challenging and makes me realize that I am more interested in capturing the form and features and not have to make them to actual size.   SOSP
    • Christy
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      Chirps: 5
      I focused on the shapes and also used the negative spaces and measuring techniques. This was fun!20200228_182646
    • Joel
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      Chirps: 2
      20200228_195004I viewed the bird as what it was, but I made some lines to  have the proportions as correct as  possible. A good training.
    • I drew an upside-down parakeet, from a model. next page......with cardinal. getting better at being more time efficient.bk
    • Christi-June
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      Chirps: 16
      This was very difficult for me, not because the image was upside down. Getting angles and proportions right is still a bit of s struggle, yet I am grateful for this exercise. This photo is my second attempt. I still learned something even up to the very end where the stomach patterns weren't quite fitting and I ha20200212_074822d to adjust. I think it had to do with me jumping around on the picture rather than focusing on a section and following it.
    • Donna
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      Chirps: 15
      Upside-down drawing was fun. I did better than I expected I would, except I misjudged my spacing and ended up running my image into the margin of the book. I viewed a collection of shapes, but it was difficult to not think about the anatomy I was drawing when it was clearly, for example, a toe.
    • Claire
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      Chirps: 29
      The first image is the upside drawing which I did totally using the method you suggested. It is really hard not to check, but I didn't until I had finished it. After I had finished I did add the color, but should probably have waited until you give us the instruction for that. Sorry. I was so motivated by the color in the entries of other students, that I got carried away. I was surprised at how much more accurate my drawing was than other drawings I have done. IMG_0032 IMG_0032
    • Belinda
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      Chirps: 9
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    • Barbara
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      Chirps: 3
      This drawing was difficult but enjoyable. BA5EC4C1-DC51-47D8-AE28-E82EF9B7DA68
    • Jenn
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      Chirps: 7
      I found this activity to be very satisfying.  It seems to be a great way to really focus on the skills we've been working on up to now.  IMG_2713
    • betty
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      Chirps: 2
      Easier than I would have thought the designs within the body were more difficult BABE87E5-4A49-44AD-9FEE-D6499E46FD6B
    • Craig
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      Chirps: 20
      I found the upside down drawing to be effective and not too difficult. I use the measurement technique a couple of times, but mostly I just concentrated on getting each little shape in the right position and proportion. The abstract shapes on the underside where tough,though. C6C87078-E35F-41A3-AEDA-FD8BE0EC8966
    • Paul
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      Chirps: 10
      It was difficult. And fun. So hard not to cheat but worth it in the end. Turned out just OK but better than I thought! The head an feet looked pretty good. The wing was not so great but I rushed that part. When I took it slower and gave up on the form it turned out better. Why? My brain is not quite thinking like an artist yet. It was pretty cool to not have to concentrate on creating depth in my drawing. I was drawing flat and it turned out to have depth. Neat.
    • Nancy
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      Chirps: 8
      Completing this exercise was really rewarding.  I see now the value of negative space much more clearly.  Concentrating on the shapes and their relationships to each other made it so much easier to draw. Really fun to turn it right side up and find a Song Sparrow!  Great lesson!IMG-0191
    • Kenneth
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      Chirps: 4
      Upside down drawing                                                                Drawing the upside down bird required more focus than I thought, but I ended  relatively happy with the finished drawing. Wouldn't say it was the most fun drawing I have done, but looking at it as discrete shapes rather than a whole subject, certainly helped the process. But it was a worthwhile exercise and showed how observation and focus can help to produce a workable piece.
    • Terri
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      Chirps: 6
      IMG-0476 Nice having images to work from since it is a bit cold to sketch outside.  I have moved my birdfeeders so I hope to get a few subjects I can sketch.
    • S
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      Chirps: 32
      IMG_20191229_140525250  I like this exercise.  Did this when I was in art school - years ago.  This course is wonderful, making all these gests come back.
    • Molly
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      Chirps: 1
      This was a wonderful exercise. As a self described person with drawing-deficit disorder, I was surprised that a technique like this could produce a pretty decent image! It took quite a while to complete but I was happy with the results. It required a bit of mental yoga to keep redirecting my brain to think of shapes rather than feet or feathers. It was fun and I’ll use this technique in the field. 5C454147-8E70-4E44-AEC3-47CD09437264
    • Rebecca
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      Chirps: 5
      This was easier  than I thought.  It actually turned out  well.
    • Cristina
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      Chirps: 5
      Such a great exercise! it helps to look more at the details WhatsApp Image 2019-12-19 at 8.13.32 PM
    • Denise
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      Chirps: 14
      I found that I was checking the negative space more often. All the lines in the breast were difficult. You are correct my brain just wanted to squiggle.image
    • Elisabeth
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      Chirps: 3
      IMG_3596I enjoyed this more than I had anticipated.  I had to keep forcing myself to only look at what was there and not go freelancing.  I'm happy with the result.
    • LM
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      Chirps: 5
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    • Amy
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      Chirps: 6
      1384DC54-7814-40FE-B015-47CEA54A52D5I didn’t even realize that one of the he claws was behind a plant thing!67F400C5-EFD7-4AF6-95A7-E0E857A995A4
    • Constance
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      Chirps: 26
      IMG_2089 (1)This was difficult AND fun. I tried to draw the subject as a collection of shapes, and it worked out pretty well! I don't know how I judged the tail to be too short. I really tried to work with negative space and proportions. I'm pretty pleased with the results, as I am a beginning sketcher.