• Andrew
      Participant
      Chirps: 13
      I have been too heavy with my shading, so this was an opportunity to lighten it up and make the important things be visible. Negative space helps get the shape and spacing correct, with measuring to make sure you’re on track. I forgot to step back mid stream... and now see my bird is looking further to the right! bTW, we got 2” snow today. image
      • adriana
        Participant
        Chirps: 13
        Beautiful! Love your drawing
    • Jane
      Participant
      Chirps: 16
      I think the negative space and seeing the shapes rather than trying to capture the whole form at once has been most helpful. And being willing to erase and start again to get it right!IMG_0940
    • Giuliana
      Participant
      Chirps: 16
      I think one of the best skills is the use of negative space, combined with proportions; it has helped me see so much details! I'm quite happy with the way I'm developing the skills, I know practice and time leads to improvement but it makes me quite satisfied that in just a few weeks, Liz was able to teach me so much! gesture drawing class on the left, with the lizard sketch refined on the right WhatsApp Image 2020-05-06 at 17.10.10
    • Linda
      Participant
      Chirps: 11
      plover
    • Jenny
      Participant
      Chirps: 7
      IMG_4959 Building on a basic gesture with all of the skills we've worked with I feel a sense of accomplishment.
    • Sarah
      Participant
      Chirps: 7
      This exercise helped me combine the separate skills of gesture drawing, sketching, textures, shapes, etc.image
    • Kelly
      Participant
      Chirps: 5
      I really liked how this exercise pulled all the skills together.  The proportion and breaking down the subject into shapes and relationships has been most helpful. The most difficult technique for me is adding value to the sketches.6021218B-4CCF-4418-92DF-DE0EA99CEE12
    • Scott
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      Proportion and drawing upside down figures
    • Deborah
      Participant
      Chirps: 9
      I had a real tough time getting the outside shape of the bird.  I decided to draw the marsh wren and fill in the details as opposed to using one of gesture drawings.  I do see where, if I practice every day, I can get alot better at proportions and negative space.  This was a hard assignment; I am not a natural artist but I have really gotten tons better since I started art classes a couple years ago.Marsh Wren 042920
    • Cheryl
      Participant
      Chirps: 12
      IMG_0364 I was having a bad day, so I decided an art break was in order! I started from scratch as my original marsh wren was pretty sloppy and it was months ago! I'm not too unhappy with this one, but I've found that I still have trouble creating the idea of looking at something from an angle rather than in profile. As a kid drawing horses, they were always in profile looking right! That's something for me to work on!
    • Suzy
      Participant
      Chirps: 13
      First off my original gesture drawings were a mess. So I retimed myself and tried again. With all the new lessons I am learning they turned out better. Then I worked on refining. I have been using a lot of the negative space training. That has really helped me train my eye for getting the shapes and proportions right. I still can't seem to get the bird mouth exactly right but I am really pleased with my red-eyed tree frog! GestureRetryRefining
    • Deanna
      Participant
      Chirps: 8
      Gesture drawing was the hardest - I think the clock ticking made me all tense... but it was fun. I still have lots of room to improve on proportions and value. When I went back to refine my drawings, the proportions were often out of whack more often than not, but I found negative space, and judging proportions using the pencil helpful. I just have to remember to use all of these techniques as I draw. These are all new techniques for me, so I ended up spending time in this section just practicing the various techniques that were presented here. I think I will improve as I practice, but I'm going to need a lot of practice for this to come naturally.IMG_5006
    • Suzanne
      Participant
      Chirps: 22
      IMG_7251Here is my refined drawing. The hardest part was getting the proportions right. I am not sure they are right now, but I am satisfied with the drawing. Short sketchy lines, value, negative space and breaking down the subject helped me capture it.  I still need to work on proportions and value.
    • Montana
      Participant
      Chirps: 15
      Here is my refined drawing! I had a lot of fun doing this and it looks so much better! Using negative space and proportions, I was able to get its position and body just right. Adding some texture and shading made it come to life. I feel like I was able to capture it in motion. I love drawing from photographs I always feel like it gives me the time to get the shapes and colors and values just right. 3AF12D27-5CBA-447F-8FC8-CFFEC484D321
    • Ken Brown
      Participant
      Chirps: 5
      323EB8B6-C91B-4C65-A719-24D9EA2C42AD ‘What fun!
    • Koen
      Participant
      Chirps: 16
      I went for the roadrunner. A good exercise for proportions. There were only a few negative spaces to support  me.  Mimicking the stripes and spots was also quite a challenge.   Roadrunner 2
    • Leah
      Participant
      Chirps: 15
      It was hard for me because I couldn't find the exact scene that I was drawing, but I tried my best to refine my gesture drawing. I think that it helped that I had a different reference picture instead of none. The technique that has been most helpful for me was the ways that you can shade the drawings because it was useful because the bird that I was drawing had lots of shadows and different colors.
    • Tanis
      Participant
      Chirps: 23
      DSC02311 This was a surprising exercise because of the noticeable change from the original. Unfortunately the original has been erased . Using negative space and checking proportions comes most easily. I still have difficulty separating shading from colours.
    • Allison
      Participant
      Chirps: 4
      Proportion is still difficult for me and so is shading. Refining from a sketch is very helpful but definitely need a photo to look at. B0921588-10ED-4285-A5BC-ED81BB6F32CC236E1CB8-3013-46FC-8576-B0436509B7D9
    • Leslie
      Participant
      Chirps: 8
      UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_1bfaI am having trouble getting a 3 d look
    • Amy
      Participant
      Chirps: 14
      I too did the refining from a photo.  I'm going to try a bird next.  This is a friendly squirrel that loves to pose while eating my bird Screen Shot 2020-03-27 at 9.01.39 AMseed.
    • David
      Participant
      Chirps: 21
      All techinques were helpful. The negative space to set proportions, the stippling to shade the reed, the hatching and contour-hatching to fill the shadows, even the blending for some effect on the back and wing of the Wren. I'm happy with the final result overall.90479898_614913475729073_8944596082017435648_n90718092_228769135173899_6987483217280368640_n
    • Patricia
      Participant
      Chirps: 23
      DepthThis is actually two different exercises.  The larger sketch was an attempt at proportion, while the more detailed woodpecker (a different species) is an attempt at demonstrating depth.  I feel good about the proportion of the smaller drawing.  Shading will come, in time.  I'm having difficulties concentrating on two different skills at one time.
    • Betty
      Participant
      Chirps: 16
      Taking a gesture drawing to a refined sketch is not so easy.  I found that drawing from a reference photo gives one the opportunity for getting a pretty good drawing as you can use your measuring techniques for putting proper perspective on your drawing and getting negatives spaces accurate makes for a more realistic sketch.  I followed Liz's suggestions as she was drawing, then looked at my drawing with blurred vision and tried to get my darkest darks and lightest lights correctly demonstrated.Marsh Wren
    • Susan
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      Negative space and relationship, proportion and perspective are very difficult for me.  My brain seems to throw a mirror image of what I am looking at.  Often my angles are completely reversed of the actual subject.  Breaking it down to those elements and revising my original drawing is very helpful - to my eye/brain connection ( which is somewhat impaired I think) as well as to the drawing itself. Practicing copying things upside down is helpful as well.  I often draw from memory rather than observation so I have to train my brain to do otherwise. IMG_7458[1]