• Melanie
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      Chirps: 8
      My gesture drawing was a bit of a wild exploration.  Today's drawing more controlled.  I still didn't 'get it', but it's fun to try!IMG_0918IMG_0908
    • Jeff
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      Chirps: 8
      Proportions seems a bit of a challenge in my sketching.  The challenge lies not solely in measurement, but more in that when as adjustments are made to correct, other areas and angles begin to be thrown off. Here are a couple that I got mostly correct. 20210216_09224920210207_181004
    • Karly
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      Chirps: 11
      I tend to want to draw in sections and I need to remember to try and focus on the shapes and then refine from there. the negative space and proportion skills are so useful but I always get deep into the drawing before I realize I forgot to use them. all of these tool have really been helpful!
    • Mwangi
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      Chirps: 8
      IMG_20210119_102526 Enjoyed this, but it was tricky distinguishing between the darker coloured fur and shaded areas. More practice!
    • Heidi
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      Chirps: 2
      49411404-0350-4EE7-BAE8-63BA9FB84AEFEA10DA35-CBDA-4B5E-83E8-AC7B0EA338F4 I found the exercise so helpful.  The use of negative space and relativity really helped improve the proportions as did the mark makings and shading.   I think it will be a useful tool to do quick gesture drawing but then come back and refine.  And to give myself the permission to erase and improve upon first sketches.
    • Florence
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      Chirps: 18
      Went ahead with the bird in demonstration. I tried to follow the information but will need practice.  58A738EE-247B-4138-8C13-765518019D13
    • Cecilia
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      Chirps: 19
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    • Lynne
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      Chirps: 6
      I feel like I didn't refine so much as totally redraw, though I suppose I worked from the base negative space I'd captured pretty accurately in the gesture drawing and worked from there, but I basically erased the entire original gesture drawing. Still, pretty happy with how this one turned out. 1216201322
    • Margaret
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      Chirps: 10
      DA48CDA3-6930-4404-AEC5-80460197DEAB_1_201_a282905A9-D65F-4F49-9007-BB9F9770BA73 When I started with the quick gesture drawing of a still object timed I found that much easier and I liked it better than trying to capture the moving image.  I found the Pintail Duck impossible for myself and gave up.  The Mourning Doves at the feeder were ok because they sat long enough to get something on the paper.  When I refined both the Wren and the Coyote original gesture drawing I was pleased to see that the proportions were not too bad. With the Wren I could see right away that the space between the head and tail ( the negative space) was not large enough and I corrected that distance. Over all I got the head a bit too big for the body but decided to leave that as a reminder to myself. The bulrush and the bill were out a bit and I corrected that. A few other corrections were needed too but they were obvious and easy to change. I liked doing it this way. I used all the techniques you have taught us, first the quick gesture drawing, measuring the negative space between parts of the object, using my pencil to gauge proportion and slant,  the shading teqnique for depth, short strokes with my pencil......I also used all the same techniques with the coyote to refine and I could refine more, I think the head is a bit small but it wouldn't take much to enlarge it a bit. Using negative space is very useful for me. When I use it to refine, I can see at a glance where I need to refine.
    • Candy
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      Chirps: 19
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    • Blanca
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      Chirps: 15
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    • Martha
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      Chirps: 11
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    • Becky
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      Chirps: 10
      Shading and texture are coming more easily - though I always feel I am drawing with lines that are too dark.  I need to "lighten up!"  Also, proportion seems to be getting better.  I find gesture drawing with moving objects really difficult.  I captured a gesture of the pintail from the video and then went back and refined it with the video paused.  It was great practice. Pintail gesturePintail refined
    • Bridget
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      Chirps: 13
      I'm finding the negative space and value techniques are really helpful. I am worried that I won't have anywhere near enough time in the field to capture enough information to fill in detail later, once the subject has moved on. I guess with practice comes confidence!Fox before and after - lower res
    • Pat
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      Chirps: 5
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    • Pat
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      Chirps: 5
      IMG_2174(1)Yes this was pretty interesting.  But tedious.  I wasn't sure I had the attention span but I kept going and completed the pix.  As true as I tried to be with the interior lines, they are still wonky but look ok anyway.
    • John
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      Chirps: 2
      Certain shading techniques now seem suggested by the the subject, for example, hatching for the markings on the wren's tail feathers or stippling on the cattail reed. The negative space concept (ingrained by the upside down drawing) was very useful in getting proportion and shape of the wren to reed areas. My biggest downfall is with rapid gesture drawing (my third attempt at a one minute wren yielded woefully inaccurate proportions). There seems to be inadequate time to hold out the pencil to measure and still get the shapes and essence down. Hopefully it will improve with practice.  In my refined drawing the wren appears to be more in profile than the photo depicts. Perhaps a problem with the eye position or shape or the beak or neck shading...?20201028_153556wren3
    • Linda
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      Chirps: 12
      bird The exercise made me look more closely at the bird and identify some of the markings that I had not seen before.  the Wings were very hard until I decided not to put so much detail into them.
    • Jean
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      Chirps: 11
      Was a challenging exercise.  I chose to do the wren.I think I would need a reference photo for a more finished sketch from a field sketch. Not sure my phone camera would get the detail. I'll have to see.IMG_5773 (1) The birds/animals wouldn't sit still long enough to get something refined.  Most useful is the negative space concept and getting the general shapes.
    • Caroline
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      Chirps: 17
      IMG_7450 Challenges: distinguishing drawings to illustrate the bird's "marks" (like dots & feathers) from shadows. Techniques: chiaroscuro, cross-hatching, blending, contour hatching, paying attention to shapes & negative space.
    • Adella
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      Chirps: 18
      Contour hatching and short sketchy lines come easiest to me. I find that proportion and breaking subject down into shapes and relations are most difficult.  Making short sketchy lines is most helpful.
    • Adella
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      Chirps: 18
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    • Linda
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      Chirps: 17
      This was fun. I have been watching an "eagle cam" to practice gesture drawing and decided to use one with the Mom (?Dad) incubating the eggs (2), adjusting the grass lining of the nest.  The most difficult for me was the feathers. I am still working on techniques for just giving the suggestion of feathers, not having to draw each one.IMG-2090
    • Lumi
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      Chirps: 12
      The shape of animals always messes me up. It always takes me a long time to decide what the shape is. However, adding small, distinctive details helps me see what the animal is, like spots on feathers, bumps on skin, etc.imageimage
    • Victoria
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      Chirps: 14
      I really enjoy going back to this sketch, I usually work with watercolors, and working with a pencil, gave me a different way to see those little details. vrestrepo_sketch
      • amy
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        Chirps: 20
        This is gorgeous, Victoria! Love it!! This little wren is also my favorite. The first to sing in the morning, she motivates me for work each day! Beautiful!