• E
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      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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      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...
    • Jill
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      Chirps: 7
      Gesture Drawing Exercise:  Not much detail just a basic outline, I didn't really get in any shading and proportions of parts are all wrong. unnamed (3) Refined Drawing:  I was able to add a lot more details to this drawing.  I had to do a lot of fixing of proportions and shading of light and darks.  The proportions still need work I think, there are still more details that I overlooked when I took a step back at my drawing.  It was fun though! unnamed (2)    
    • Martha
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      Chirps: 4
      I have learned more about balancing proportion. Looking back at my sketches I can see where measuring makes a huge difference. Blank space has made a difference  image
    • Nancy
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      Chirps: 7
      I am pleased with my progress, knowing that I will never be an artist. All the skills have been useful to me. I taught biology and zoology and always told my students I flunked art. I think noticing the open spaces has been very helpful.
    • Nancy
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      Chirps: 7
      Took  a quick sketch image and tried to make it better. fill in the details
    • Lisa
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      Chirps: 5
      C7D7DE23-7397-431C-AC0B-30FFDB041766I’m happy with this. But there was a lot of rubbing out !! 🙄
    • May
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      Chirps: 25
      The points I jotted down about drawing skills helped a lot to do this drawing. I felt more confident when I started drawing. Using sketchy lines made it easy to depict subjects on paper. Looking at negative space is more naturally now. The challenging aspect of the drawing was the proportion/ Yet. by measuring techniques it became more easy. Looking at negative space helped so much. may
    • Janine
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      Chirps: 21
      The proportions were so wrong on my gesture drawing that I ended up nearly redoing the entire drawing. Looking at negative space really helps.
    • Janine
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      Chirps: 21
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    • Karen
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      Chirps: 19
      Fox with Depth I think looking at the negative space has been the most helpful.  It's something I didn't think about before but it has really helped me get my proportions more accurate.
    • I feel like I still need to work on shading to create depth and contrast. I think putting in more hours would help! I found the squint test to be the most helpful. I'd never really thought about using a technique like that to see the lights and darks when drawing.  IMG_2483IMG_2484
    • Christopher
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      Chirps: 9
      Looking at negative spaces has probably made the biggest impact in my drawing. I think switching to a harder lead may help (currently using 0.5 mm HB .. may switch to an "F" or an "H"). BEFORE: IMG_0711 AFTER: IMG_0712
    • Sara
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      Chirps: 6
      pear shaded Still too afraid to lean in on the picture.
    • Dee
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      Chirps: 40
      When creating depth I find that concentrating on negative space, and shapes is really important .  However, shading with the side of my pencil the way that I would do in “chiaroscuro” exercise works best for me.  So I always lean on that technique. I find hatching and cross hatching very difficult even though I like the look in drawings .  I guess it’s something I really need to practice to add variety. I recently tried using a pencil or small ruler to judge proportion .  I’ll carry a ruler along in my art tote now.  I use to guess for my proportions.
    • Dee
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      Chirps: 40
      Pintail 4-16-21
      • Dee
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        Chirps: 40
        I found this difficult to draw . Honestly , I had to keep referring back to the video . I caught a fragment at a time in order to complete the drawing.  The  moving feather  details were hard to follow.  I tried to capture as much as I could . This duck is only shades of gray but the feathers are really awesome in action.
    • Barbara
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      Chirps: 2
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    • Karen
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      Chirps: 14
      fox gesturefox refined
      • Karen
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        Chirps: 14
        So much harder than it looks, but so fun to draw
    • Kathleen
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      Chirps: 28
      wren.drwg I enjoyed this! I found myself thinking about the similarities of this bird to the Carolina wren - a bird I see often in my bird feeding area. It's one of my favorite birds because of its overall delicacy, perky tail and rich rust coloring.
      • Janine
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        Chirps: 21
        Your drawing is really great! I like how you made the feather texture look so soft.
    • Michael
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      Feels like a complete make over... lots of erasing...and the bill...and I have gotten to know the marsh wren a lot better...fun!   b20210217_14363420210217_145751