• Natalija
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      Chirps: 16
      I really enjoyed refining this drawing. Getting the values right is always the most challenging and it is important to know when to stop and not overdo it. I think the use of a Staedtler Mars Lumograph Black 6B and 8B pencil on top of a drawing done primarily with a mechanical 0.5 F pencil helped me a lot in achieving this. marsh wren drawing
      • Debra
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        Chirps: 16
        Beautifully done!
      • Gorgeous - so much detail!
      • Jennifer
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        Chirps: 6
        Amazing drawing!  You are very talented!
      • Josephine
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        Chirps: 4
        Wow!  So cool! :D
      • Tara Mc
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        Chirps: 14
        thanks for mentioning how you went about refining - eg the tools you used. Methinks I should invest in some good pencils and not just rely on what I find hanging around the house. :)
      • Teagan
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        Chirps: 11
        Incredible drawing!
    • TJ
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      Chirps: 7
      The initial sketch is coming naturally, but refining it with more detail - especially shading, is difficult. I like the technique to imply patterns and texture, I would have been hung up in the past with trying to sketch every detail as I focused on specific areas and parts of the bird. 0C692A35-14CF-4C4D-BA8D-99432C2B6242_1_201_a
    • Kayla
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      Chirps: 19
      7BD73EEB-86D4-4EAA-A8A9-687877841728 The general shape of the bird has come more easily to me, but the difficulties have been making the bird look more realistic and feet have always been a struggle for me, but luckily this one's feet are more hidden. The most helpful technique I've learned so far is the gesture sketching itself, it gives the bird such a natural look.
    • Olivia
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      Chirps: 17
      I chose one second of the `Red Fox P&K on an Alaska Beach´ to do my draw, I said one second because the amazing hyperactivity of the fox cub it´s only comparable with the tenderness that the video demonstrate, but deepening in the feeling that provoked in me, I think I found this emotion like the best technique that I need to express it, helped and using the skills that we learned in past lessons, of course, I just hope I got it. dia20febrero4
    • Christine
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      Chirps: 10
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    • Ria
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      Chirps: 22
      I loved this practice. Starting with the quick sketch allows for such freedom and a loose quality. Following with refinement makes the piece really pop and highlights the bird's natural beauty and motion. I find focusing on negative space invaluable! It's such a fantastic, easy way to confirm proportions and accuracy. Getting the right position is still a struggle for me but the negative space really helps with that. RVK_SedgeWren
    • Nancy
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      Chirps: 16
      Getting the proportions right.  Sketchy lines has helped me with this.  CFA106C5-960A-44FF-9299-95639AD34464
    • Dawn
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      Chirps: 23
      I am finding the mark making and value shading is coming more easily the more that I practice it.  I find myself naturally shifting into looking at the negative spaces more often too.  Taking proportion measurements is something that I would need to do more intentionally.IMG_1206
    • Cindy
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      Chirps: 2
      CF4796C8-4C39-4967-A892-71D458CB85C246C3A235-09A4-4BE3-90D0-DCBDE97F28D5 I really enjoyed re-learning gesture drawing. That is the key to field sketching success! My big ah-ha moment! Drawing is definitely a skill. Although I consider myself to be a life-long artist, I am very out of practice and I feel rusty. One of my goals with this course is to establish more regular drawing time back into my life. I like the cross-hatching inside the mouth for darkness.
    • Patricia
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      Chirps: 7
      Marsh wrenCoyote Going back to the quick drawings and correcting the details was fun - I was amazed at how many things needed tweaking. But was also pleased that I could see the problems and fix them.
    • Beth
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      Chirps: 15
      Assigning value is hard but practice sessions like this are helping. Most helpful has been to focus more on the negative space. IMG_3049
    • Jacqueline
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      Chirps: 14
      I would say the two most helpful techniques refining the sketch were  proportion and negative space as not only in the drawing but also in the adding details of the seagull sketch I DCE2C2C7-D477-453E-9C14-E97685DD7B43was doing. The shading helped with depth and bringing out the wings.  Proportion was so helpful in getting body length, head and legs in sync.
    • Sara
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      Chirps: 6
      I really have trouble with depth.  B2
    • Steve
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      Chirps: 5
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    • Judith
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      Chirps: 1
      I am learning so much and renewing some of the skills I acquired in art classes decades ago.. Sandhill Crane
    • Esteban
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      Chirps: 163
      My polished lizard
    • Esteban
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      Chirps: 163
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    • V L
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      Chirps: 10
      Gesture Drawing (2)Refined Drawing (2) Putting the techniques I've learned was lots of fun.  The easiest for me to use was proportion and negative space.  The hardest is shading.  I still have touble seeingwhere the shadows are and  I have trouble using the right technique and getting the right value.
    • E
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      Chirps: 5
      The techniques I found most helpful are proportion, negative space and breaking the subject down into shapes and relationships.  But I find myself using all the different techniques at different times. 15B852D7-77A0-41A1-B291-FCA0133119F8
    • Kathleen
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      Chirps: 74
      I am concentrating on working quickly, adding detail later during commercials on television. I viewed a Chevy truck commercial a number of times getting a little more detail in the quick sketch each time because it was a very amusing story. IMG_20210810_180403
    • Suzanne
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      Chirps: 22
      I find the proportion tool useful as well as simply going back several times after stepping away a bit to add more detail. The more values (light, medium, and dark) shades I give the drawing, the more 3D it becomes.IMG_6832
    • Carolyn
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      Chirps: 17
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    • Deborah
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      Chirps: 4
      IMG-6939It is tough to be in the field and trying for the full gesture drawing before the subject leaves.  The Cedar Waxwing flew in a blink but in that moment, I could not see the flat shape of the top of its head.  The feathers seemed tucked down as it flew.  Does anyone know why this bird has a red spot on the tertial feathers?  What adaptation could the red color be for and in only one small spot?
    • Dorothy D
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      Chirps: 21
      I continue to battle proportions in my viewpoints but feel better at observation details. Short strokes help a lot. Always willing to walk away from the drawing and then come back to refine again and again.Scan Jul 26, 2021 at 2.18 PM
    • Dorothy D
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      Chirps: 21
      Still sometimes dealing with proportion of viewpoint. Sketchy lines approach has helped me over the course rather than just aiming for shapes. Still working on the details always...