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      As you are putting all of your drawing skills together to refine and add detail, what is coming more naturally and what are some of the more difficult techniques for you? What technique has been the most helpful to you?
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    • Konstantina
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      Chirps: 3
      The first picture is the gesture drawing of my wren. Second after putting in more details. I almost gave up the bill. I had to redraw it several times. I am proud of how patient I am becoming and motivated to try over and over. After finally figuring out the proportions I am super happy with how it turned out. Thank you so much for all of this great tools! I noticed such a big development in my drawing skills through this course! IMG_1832IMG_1846
    • Roxy
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      Chirps: 7
      20240502_130747negative space was a game changer for me
    • Paul
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      Chirps: 1
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    • MF
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      Chirps: 11
      IMG_5742   Learned a lot from the exercise. Took breaks and looked with a fresh eye when I started again, and spotted wrong negative shapes, or relationships or light areas missing. Lots of erasing. Still to learn to press very gently and not darken too soon for more clarity of shadows and lights. Great exercice. Learning a lot!
    • Sara
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      Chirps: 5
      Love this course. It's putting the foundations together IMG_3067
    • Heidi
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      Chirps: 21
      As I go through these steps, I’m getting better at judging size and shape, but it is difficult to create white space when the outer lines of the wings are white. I was trying to refine a duck drawing, and the intricate wing patterns were extremely difficult to capture due to the mix of white, grey, and black feathers that crossed over layers of other feathers. It’s the detail that is frustrating to capture. I know that will take a lot of time and practice. IMG20240309142239IMG20240309145742
    • Proportion and details are becoming more natural. However getting the angles accurate is still a challenge. Drawing upside down and focusing on negative space have been the most helpful.image
    • Linda
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      Chirps: 4
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    • Tracy
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      Chirps: 10
      Chipmunk started out as a quick sketch not knowing how long it would sit still.
    • Tracy
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      Chirps: 10
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    • Zjences
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      Chirps: 26
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    • Penelope
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      Chirps: 38
      1. The easiest technique, for me, is the gesture drawing. The technique that comes to me most naturally is also gesture drawing. 2. The gesture drawing, overall, has won my favor. Although it seems crude in the face of prim lines, it is the easiest and most freestyle, allowing you to draw without stressing the details. Wren
    • Bev
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      Chirps: 3
      01361851-5109-494F-A056-330F16223D33thank you for a very good lesson,  I’ve just about worn out the paper from erasing but I’m getting there.
    • Rebekah
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      Chirps: 3
      Suggestions on how to capture the 3 dimensional look of this flower?  I’m very new at this!  Thanks, Rebekah imageIMG_1040
    • Razgirl
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      Chirps: 9
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    • Susan
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      Chirps: 20
      Revising a gesture sketch is something I've never done before. That aside, I find I was really looking for the negative spaces. This gallinule cries for color, however - can't wait! Giving your drawings depth IMG_2050
    • Kim
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      Chirps: 9
      IMG_1897This exercise was difficult but I think it came out reasonably well.  I tried the fox and it did not turn out so well.  I can see where drawing from life instead of a picture is going to be very difficult.
    • Maribeth
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      Chirps: 43
      RED TAILED HAWKRAPTORS PHOTO SHOOTturkey vulture SCHLITZ AUDUBON CENTER: Holds a photo shoot every year. Photographers come from all over the country to participate. They also have   a raptor program every few weeks. Participants can sketch, draw, paint or photo the birds. I have a few quick sketches from one of these events. My photos are better than my sketches. I have been attending the Audubon's painting classes and hope to improve/ learning a lot about the resident 'Birds'.
    • I see that I need much more practice here!  I made an improvement over my 60 sec sketch but not quite the quality I hoped for.  Looks like 3 yr old drew it!  Creating darker shading will help to create depth.  I think my original was so out of proportion that it would need to start over completely......but I tried! 60 sec redpoleIRedpole makeoverredpole
    • Marta
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      Chirps: 11
      Proportion and negative space were both quite challenging at my first attempts; now I feel they are really helpful and, bit by bit, I'm getting better at using it :)Marta_Bird_Refined sketch_20230129
    • Lucy
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      Chirps: 1
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    • James
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      Chirps: 19
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    • Kaia
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      Chirps: 13
      Kaia's Drawing: 31A6A3DE-FEEB-4282-9C31-29632A90DC87
    • Kaia
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      Chirps: 13
      Kaia's Mom's Drawing: FDEBD47A-E5B3-4E2F-8701-91FD454CF344