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    • Bird Academy
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      Bird_Academy
      After trying some of your new drawing skills, was it easy to see where and how each could be applied? Are you starting to feel more comfortable putting marks on the page? Which do you still want to work on?
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    • Martha
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      mararbizu
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    • monique
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      monique1615
      IMG_5376 Struggling with the shape of the shadow for the orange. Also, not sure if I used the dotting affect in the picture, should I then use it in the shadow as well?
    • monique
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      monique1615
      Funny, I have been sketching for years but was oblivious to the reflective light. This is quite an eye opener for me. Enjoying the learning process.
    • BARBARA
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      DrWhooo!
      wow 2nd version is better! I think recognizingnot a lemon what I was unhappy with in the first drawing was what led me to be able to make the 2nd one better.
      • monique
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        monique1615
        Good work!
    • BARBARA
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      DrWhooo!
      frustration!  It didn't look right. Oddly enough when I took the pic, the more contrasty pic looked better to me.  I used contour shading and it didn't give the look I was going for.  I remember somewhere in distant past that the SHAPE of the deep shadow is the same curve as the object -- is that true? I will try it again with same lemon and different contrast. I really liked one of the pics below where stippling was used - will try to add some of that. My blending perhaps made the pic too "muddy" with insufficient different between shaded areas.20201128_151820
    • connie
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      chung301
      I found myself quite frustrated after my first trial drawing garlic with cross hatching. I tried again with contour hatching, and although the second trial did turn out better, I gained a lot more understanding with how light and shadows fall on each clove. I LOVED using garlic for this exercise. It was a very fruitful experience (pun regretfully intended). I do feel much more confident in marking. I look forward to studying different subjects, and getting a better understanding of how light falls on different objects. I'd also like to eventually work on some other marking techniques like cross hatching.
    • Caroline
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      melbafarm
      Not sure where to put the shadow but I am pleased with what I have learned. My sphere looks like, well a sphere!42C8FAA3-C4D7-45D1-B698-48F353BBBCBB
    • David
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      DaveRich
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      • David
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        DaveRich
        This is my view of a Bosc pear of which we have a lot this year in the local market.  I did note the reflected light, which I have not thought of as much before.
    • Becky
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      rfranks420
      I definitely want to continue practicing capturing light/dark and dimension.  I have an easier time with this when I am drawing one object, as opposed to trying to represent a landscape outside.  Practice will help!Apple and Pepper
    • Candy
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      Candy.schrank
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    • Christine
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      seadahl80
      fullsizeoutput_63ebIMG_7246 I found it easier to create the various light and shadow areas of the sphere than it was with the irregular round shape of a shallot. I used hatching, cross hatching and contour hatching along with some blending to try to achieve the roundness.  I struggled with the shape of the shallot as it was harder to pick out the components of chairoscuro.
    • J Daniel
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      brauniesfather
      I still don't find anything easy about drawing.  I believe I still have much to do to overcome a perfectionist trait in me.  It's still difficult to narrow the gap between what my mind wishes to do & what my hand does.  It's not comfortable finding oneself in the midst of this struggle; but I'm not giving up.  I will continue plugging along...  rather--scratching along.
    • Tiffany
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      ainwena
      imageI tried to find the easiest image to draw- a lemon.  The highlight was obvious, regardless of the angle and so was the cast shadow.  I struggled with shading the values of light, shadow, and cast shadow.  Cast shadows look like a band of darkness, and I seem to struggle with which direction to shade.  Blending with my finger helps cover some of the harsh transition lines as I try to practice the different pencil pressures.  I don’t feel comfortable yet, but I am not afraid of the page anymore.  I want to try and sketch and journal everyday to improve.
    • Jennifer
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      jenneve58
      Still lots of exploring to do with the different techniques. Would like to excel at chiaroscuro : )B500814B-21EA-4D00-97D2-61DCDACD7057
    • Susan
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      plattsa
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    • Norma
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      wwwilma
      I'm starting to get the shadings and seeing the dark and light. Right now I would like to work on the pressure of my pencil... It seems to be another level of shade and light.
    • Johanna
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      Johanna23
      I am definitely a beginner at this!  I wonder if I should somehow draw in the general outlines first.  When I do not do that I find that I get involved in one small section and make too many marks so that, in the end it looks kind of muddy.  Also, the drawing tends to get lopsided or out of proportion. But, when I draw in the outlines it makes it hard to do highlighted edges.  Still working on the types of marks to use for different textures too. IMG_8577IMG_8576
    • J Daniel
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      brauniesfather
      Of all the new techniques you have put forth for us, I like most the BLENDING.  At least for me, it has a nice way to cover/hide many of my sketching sins.
    • Linda
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      LindaWorden
      3 D lesson garden Not always easy to identify the different values .  Trying to squint to see more clearly.
    • Cindy
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      cduffy
      I'm still a bit frustrated that my drawings don't look exactly like I would like them to look. I certainly can see how the shading could work just am not quite there.
      • monique
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        monique1615
        Just keep practicing. It will!
    • Amy
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      AmySchmoller
      Harder than I thought but hopefully you can tell it’s a spaghetti squash. Something I want to keep practicing and observing.
    • Amy
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      AmySchmoller
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      • Cindy
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        cduffy
        Nice! Love the detail on the stem.
      • Amy
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        AmySchmoller

        @Cindy Thanks

    • Kim
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      kimmie06
      ChiarscuroI understand much more how to use light and shadow to create a 3D effect.  It seemed like a mystery or some artist alchemy before, but now I see it is just a skill of observing the basic shadow elements.
    • Marta
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      MartaOli
      Chiaroscuro_marta_24.09.2020 I loved to learn the mark-making techniques, the value scale, squint test and chiaroscuro. I'm fascinated by how much ligh and dark can transform a drawing that, at first, looks "plain" (not 3D)! I need to practice light/ dark more, though! I find it much easier with sunlight, during the day, than drawing at night with artificial light; that's what happened with this banana. I'll give it another try, during the day :)
    • Maria
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      mariavergara1
      WhatsApp Image 2020-09-15 at 3.49.14 PM
      • Johanna
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        Johanna23
        This is interesting...I will try your scale as it helps to see how different techniques show lighter and darker.Thanks!
    • Caroline
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      benjaminboies
      I can't believe how much progress I made in such a short amount of time. Applying the various techniques doesn't come natural (obviously), but I really enjoy the process of thinking hard and also making mistakes. I'm very excited and I feel more confident with each try. IMG_0027IMG_0028
      • monique
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        monique1615
        Great job on the apple.
    • Richard
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      rflora5709
      Chiarosco Drawing 2 Struggling with the actual drawing and making it look real. Working each day will hopefully improve that. Also need to work light to dark
    • Hilary
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      sacmonument
      IMG-8376I really like the techniques you showed us. I like the options of using the hatching, stippling, and blending. The Chirascuro is hard for me to do. At first I couldn't even see it, but now I am starting to. This is something I need to work on.The squint test has to be the coolest thing ever!!
    • Kimmai
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      KimmaiNunnery
      IMG_4141 The mid tones, seem to be my struggle. I have a heavy hand and removing pencil can be an issue.
    • Patricia
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      gramchooch
      imageI found it interesting to practice the chiaroscuro technique both outside in natural light and inside with filtered light. The notes from this lecture were very helpful.  I was pleased with my drawings and more comfortable capturing the light. 
    • Patricia
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      gramchooch
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    • Barbara
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      bbcastleman1
      25F86C82-036A-450C-82A7-E7C469CA85A0 58AB5726-A2D2-436A-A492-AB78AB3CBBF7   It was difficult for me to capture the gentle curves of a tomato and still show light and shadow.  It had so little actual contrast that too many lines seemed too many.   It seemed overworked.  Not a good subject for this topic.  But the idea of chiaroscuro is excellent.  I liked the cloud attempt better.
    • Lumi
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      lumifox
      I don’t find it the hardest thing to find the shadow, highlights, etc. I am getting a bit more confident using various shading techniques, like cross-hatching, that I have used before some. I think I should work on making shadows a bit darker, so the highlights seem lighter.image
    • Peggy
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      charliewest52
      I can recognize the highlight, light, etc. Blending the different light is difficult. I an not a natural.
    • Bridget
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      rimuridge
      This course is AMAZING! Whilst I'm not exactly confident nor super comfortable making the first marks, I now feel it's okay to start and that I might even be surprised by what's possible. This is an empowering and exciting feeling! I loooove blending as it's so forgiving, I was surprised by how good scribbling can look and how simple hatching can be so efficient when there's limited time. Wow. Who knew I could draw a chilli?! IMG_20200814_193033
    • Jessie
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      jperagine
      I still have trouble with depth perception in getting proportions correct, and do "just some more here" with shading that it doesn't always get the light quite right to look 3D enough to me.15963053461596573721324329073229
    • Jeff S.
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      jschaffe
      Since it's a rainy day, I chose to draw an exotic ornamental just outside my home.  The intricate pattern of the scales and the harsh indoor lighting made it a bit more of a challenge. Deodor Cedar Sketch-JS FYI:  This tree holds a special place in my heart.  The top is dead and makes a great perch for Merlins, Coopers Hawks and Great Horned Owls.
    • Victoria
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      mvrestre
      I have really enjoyed my drawing practice, I usually work with colors not only in my paintings, but also in my Photography. Going back to the basics is like opening a window to when I was younger and I sketched everything I saw.IMG_2729IMG_2721
      • Hilary
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        sacmonument
        This is amazing!!
      • Caroline
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        benjaminboies
        Wow!
    • May
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      May-A-A
      While looking at objects trying to capture each on 2-D paper, it was a bit challenging to decide which mark- making technique to choose. When the pencil touched the surface of the paper, it kind of depicted shapes and tones swiftly. I found it really nice to experience each technique by itself, then compare and contrast between drawings. It helped to draw after Liz to get a since of the techniques, looking at her drawing and then looking at mine, then work on a new drawing while putting techniques together. It was hard at the beginning. It took time. Yet, the result was rewarding. The stippling is the technique that needs more effort because the dots sometimes had a tail to it. Sometimes when  lifting my pencil  it sketched a  mark showing a spot that looks like a tail to the dot.   IMG_9362IMG_9363IMG_9365
    • Denise
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      dennymeyer
      onionapple Really fun. Such a good teacher. I'm learning lots. Needing much more practice.
    • Kim
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      KimMeyer
      IMG_20200722_110049 Wonderful course, I'm learning a lot! In drawing this onion and pair of magnified coffee beans I too was chasing shadows (similar comments below). Not so easy to capture the chiaroscuro effect on the round onion... I'm pleased with how the drawings turned out all the same.
      • Gari-Anne
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        Gari-Anne
        I love your detail on the onion skin!
    • Adella
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      adellamarie
      This is my first drawing course. These new drawing skills were helpful but challenging for me. They definitely made it easier and as a result I feel more comfortable. I would like to work on chiaroscuro & finding shadows. I found the pineapple very challenging to draw.
    • Adella
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      adellamarie
      Chiatroscuro
    • Raymond
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      4730cc
      Banana for posting
      • Johanna
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        Johanna23
        I like this banana!  It has so much energy.
    • Amie
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      windflower3
      I actually found it relaxing drawing a 3D ball. I'm not new to art but it's still a good reminder to go back to the basics sometimes, I tend to forget about the reflected light.20200630_175646
    • Gigi
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      gzarzuela
      I must confess that life got in the way of continuing with the course as I had planned, but cheers to coming back. eggWanted to share a sketch of an egg from back in March. I remember feeling like I was improving and I am excited to continue to practice and actually take my journal out in nature. My journal is pristine and I've been nervous to break it in, but it is happening - taking it on my 3-day backpacking trip starting tomorrow! Nature sketches to come!
    • Jill
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      JFeldkamp
      I still want to work on everything! But I took my first-ever drawing class in the fall and was introduced to most of these concepts. So I was not completely uncomfortable or unfamiliar with them. My goal is 'not pathetic.' IMG_3577IMG_3578    
    • Karen
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      suegeier
      I still struggle with value - my range seems to be medium dark to medium to  medium light - I don't get the contrast I'm looking for.
      • Karen
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        suegeier
        values study
    • Patricia
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      patofvta
      I tried using the marks and very much enjoyed the exercise and it was fun to walk around looking for objects.  I found it challenging to complete my drawing before the light changed.  I realized I was chasing shadows a few times.  I walked around the neighborhood squinting at everything, I looked like I needed a new pair of glasses.  I took my glasses off and I get the natural blur so I can see the lights and darks without squinting.  I just have draw blind!  I need to work on seeing the shadows and getting the right proportions. Pat20200614_162517 (1)
    • Claudia
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      Claudiahosso
      I found the techniques very helpful although I am working in a small scale which I imagine is easier. I have trouble with the squint test IMG_4213but I imagine it is a question of practice.
    • اليازية
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      Alyazia
      Since we are limited to 3 images per reply, thought it would be better to share the ones I had  issues with.
      • IMG_6620 Sketching with a continuous one line gave me a sense of confidence. On the other hand, the sketchy lines technique hindered me; the more I sketch a new line the more I hesitant in visualising the shape I wish to sketch. I faced this problem while outlining all of the subjects: the daisy, the acorn, the gingko and the butterfly. Have you faced the same issue, anyone?
         
      • IMG_6622 With the type of marks in sketching -- I sketched a blue sea crab; luckily, I found a dried one. I divided it into 5 parts to experiment with the marks ' types. I'm sharing the result with you. I'm not sure if I did well with the marks -- I tend to use tinny tip of the fine-liner pens; 0.05 and 0.1. Perhaps I need to try and sketch with a thicker pens/pencils to see the difference.
         
      • IMG_6628  This is my attempt to try and look at the shades of a subject. I tried with this shell; Ancilla Glabrata. I used an artificial source of light instead of the sunlight - this shouldn't affect the result much but looking at the final result, I think if I was after the shades, then I should have tried to sketch it with one pencil colour.
      I believe the most useful point on this session was the squint test. It is very practical when you don't have enough time and you needed to sketch and pin point the highlights n a subject much faster! Thanks for the tip :)
      • Leon
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        pheon7320
        My continuous line outlines came out better than my sketch line outlines. One line looks much more confident but requires careful observation.
    • Sally
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      sally19
      I like to use the scribble and spotting technique. The blending technique is what I probably use most. I find the crosshatching the most difficult to achieve what I want. DSC08599
    • kathleen
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      kattykort
      I enjoy sketching and the lesson on contour and shading was very helpful to me. The 3D part of it will take me quite a bit more time to learn.JC ContourJC lesson 2 Lighting
    • Vicki
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      VLRose
      Having never taken a drawing course, I've never actually learned any of the techniques in the "Making Your Mark" lesson set.  I found, however, that I remembered hearing many of my watercolor mentors talk about stippling, hatching, blending, and the like, when referring to the consideration 0f value as a means of infusing light into a painting.  I'm now feeling a little more comfortable with using value observations and techniques to help make a shape seem to be 3-dimensional.  MakingYourMarkLessonSetI started with "Drawing Basics" on February 23rd, after posting my Yellow Warbler entry, did a bit more on the 26th, then didn't return to finish the lesson set until May 20th.  Now it's already June 2nd and I'm only just posting this entry.  I tried to apply the techniques of hatching and stippling recently, when I was drawing some rocks.  It takes SSSsssooo... long to draw a rock as a sketch the size of a postage stamp on paper.  I really do KNOW that practice makes perfect, and that I should practice every day.  In real life, though, it's not possible - especially not in the current state of world affairs, when I find myself practicing child care all over again with my grandson, while his parents are telecommuting because of the COVID 19 pandemic.
    • Duane
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      Purepenguin
      I feel pretty good sketching, I tend to use multiple textures and finish up with blending. I could still use the pencil more and make hard lines.IMG_4094IMG_4095
    • Liliana
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      Liliana Ponce
      I’m starting to feel a little more confortable with lights and shadows without color. I still think my drawings are too light. image
    • Jennifer
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      sci_storyteller
      I really like the stippling and blending but my son likes to use cross-hatching and contour hatching and we're both enjoying practicing the new techniques together!IMG_4403IMG_2099
    • Priscilla
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      Priscilla Taylor-Williams
      The more time I spent the more I began to see how to use the different marks. As in the last assignment, I began to see the differences in values as I drew...training my eyes I guess. One of the most helpful ideas was how to use the "flower" dots to apply stippling...thanks for that!Nature sketch 1
    • Deb
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    • Anne
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      Librarianguish
      After six months (!) of neglecting this class, I decided to get back to work.  I've been having a great time today picking it back up, and am pretty happy with the results.  I think I need confidence in making darker marks, and just overall practicing for confidence. I couldn't resist adding color and ink to this one, where I was practicing values. IMG_3371 Chiaroscuro is tricky!  By the time I got to the blueberry, I think I was starting to get the hang of it.  I found a good black & white photo with strong shadows to use for practice. IMG_3374   berry
      • Colleen
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        CBMac7
        Hi Anne. Your blueberries are gorgeous and the use of chiaroscuro in it makes them leap off the page. It took me a long time to practice as well with the darker lines to get comfortable. You’re right about it being tricky.
      • Anne
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        Librarianguish

        @Colleen This is something that will require continued practice.  Moving on to something that isn't round is a bit intimidating to me!

      • Deb
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        @debot
        Anne, I like that you made a diagram of Chiaroscuro. I think that will be helpful for me too. I am excited to move on but I think some more time with this lesson will help in the long run
      • Anne
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        Librarianguish

        @Deb Thanks Deb!  I'm hoping to get out into my yard to practice this in a natural setting.  Definitely a skill that will take a lot of practice!

    • Cynthia
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      Mea Lea
      IMG_8284 I had to laugh when my husband told me my eggshells looked like hamburgers.  I experimented several more times, but have not quite mastered (well, not even close!) the values that make such a difference in definition for sketches.  I know what I need to do, but can't quite meet the goal yet.  I'll keep the lessons learned in this section as I go along.
    • Marjolaine
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      MergeMerge
      I am amazed to see improvement in my drawings with the few cues I just learned. The chiarocuro really helps in giving a 3D look. I was aware of that but was not comfortable applying it. To me, there was only 3 shades. Dark, mid, light. Also, I was not that good at seeing them. I never noticed the reflected light under the subject. Amazing! I still wonder how to combine chiaroscuro and the rendering of colors. But one thing at the time. As for the filling strokes, I don’t have the patience of doing straight lines or crossed lines... and it looks ugly when I try it. I would say that my technique is a mix of scribbling and blended lines... I don’t know if it is good or not but I have more fun drawing like that. 2C1C8B60-49EB-4E22-B27F-F964321BB881FD0AFE35-FF80-482E-9CFF-9B23A99B3139                                      
      • Colleen
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        CBMac7
        Hi Marjolaine.  That’s awesome. I can see how the stokes make the detailed feathers in your drawing. That’s something that I just have not seemed to figure out yet. Thanks for sharing this.
      • Marjolaine
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        MergeMerge

        @Colleen Hi Colleen! Thank you for your comment! Drawing the feathers is a big challenge for me too. The interesting thing is that I was not trying when I drew this grackle. The only thing I was focusing on was the chiaroscuro. I scribbled with the pencil... using some blending and some contour sketching too, but in a very rough way. But you are right, there is a feel of the feathers texture after all... it is a surprise for me! Your shells are very stylish, I love them!

      • Colleen
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        CBMac7

        @Marjolaine Thanks. I am noticing that the chiaroscuro is making a huge difference in my drawings.

    • Colleen
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      CBMac7
      00FF19CB-6D50-49A4-9833-6F311175CEB6 It was a little bit. I am feeling more comfortable putting marks on the page. I still need to work on feather features on birds.
      • Cynthia
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        Mea Lea
        Your lines are so sharp and detailed.  You have composed almost photographic images here.
      • Colleen
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        CBMac7

        @Cynthia Thanks Cynthia for your comment. I feel much more comfortable with using chiaroscuro in my drawings, but sometimes I feel that I am pressing too hard (almost imprinting) or should add color, which is not something that I am currently confident about. I was pleasantly surprised with this one when I did it.

    • Jennifer
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      Jennifer63
      I found this very challenging but was amazed how the grapefruit took shape. Its a relaxing exercise to closely observe such everyday objects.  I found this time of day( late afternoon)the light changed quickly so I just had to pick one and go with it. 70ED222E-21B7-4ADD-A467-EAAA68881178
    • Les
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      Lesbrandt
      Not to say I am proud of everything on this page, but I am excited that I filled a sheet of paper with my learning. IMG_0256
    • Michael
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      Quadrabird
      It is really like a revelation for me to define the chiaroscuro concept into 6-7 distinct zones. I was already aware of some of it, but to put it all together so neatly is great. 20200504_104530
    • Lucyna
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      lcampo
      I'd like to work on the perspective.
    • Carree
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      TytoFurcata
      Here are some of my random sketches of things I have easy access to. The elephant on the bottom of the second page came out cuter than I thought it would. InsectSketches
      • Azurekat
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        Azurekat
        I love the animal skull! The nail/iron spike is pretty on target also. Elephant is cute! Good work!
    • Morgan
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      MorganClark
      I'm a perfectionist and often don't start things because I can't decide the best way to go about it or the best thing to draw or whatever. One reason I wanted to take this course is to draw more things without my own restrictions on whether or not it's a "good" subject, or if it's going to make a "good" finished piece. I used to work in an art museum and I did drawings and wrote in sketchbooks a lot over those years, and I have gotten away from it and want to get back. driftwood_butternut
      • Cynthia
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        Mea Lea
        Hi Morgan,  I see so many different kinds of mark in use here and the values are so clear.  You skills are still with you!
      • Morgan
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        MorganClark

        @Cynthia :) thank you!

    • Azurekat
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      Azurekat
      Chiaroscuro2 I really had to force myself to relax. I found that once I did relax, things went much better. I like the shading process.
      • Christa
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        Christa Dillabaugh
        Love how you included the objects and your sketches.  Nice!
    • Jane
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      jirwinromo
      I found this hard - it takes patience to observe the nuances of the light. Something I am trying to develop. image
    • amy
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      ajgwinters
      Sort of ok. Needs tabletop for context, so it isn’t  floating in space like the ghost of tomatoes past.D9F69687-02F5-4EAC-9016-6425137312FA
    • Ruth
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      ruthdrawsgonzalez
      tomato and chiaroscuro nture journaling It was fun trying to get the lights and darks right. As I was drawing the light started changing and the highlights started shifting around. More practice would be good! I liked the explanation of how to look for the lights and darks and where you may expect to see them.
      • Leonora
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        noniebird
        Hi, Ruth. Your tomato is beautiful. Maybe it has some eggplant in it? Your vines and stalks are especially interesting and it’s the way that you include unexpected details that draw the viewer in and make your drawing come to life. ❤️
    • Ruth
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      ruthdrawsgonzalez
      snowball bush looking north nature journaling Taking the photo of my drawing made me realize that I would like to practice getting more definition in the middle values. I like the way you pointed out that when you squint you may be surprised by some of the bright and dark spots. I also kept smearing the pencil marks as I was drawing (haha...accidentally blending where I didn't want blending).
    • Ruth
      Participant
      Chirps: 18
      ruthdrawsgonzalez
      Hinoki & Pansy drawing Nature Journaling I keep forgetting about using stippling and I love the daisy technique you showed us. I still want to work on ALL of them!
    • Amanda
      Participant
      Chirps: 4
      agaskin
      sDhNBb7uR0Gmul+%w7OPyA First try at chiaroscuro.  More successful in pencil than colored pencil, I think.  The contrasts on the pepper were much more dramatic and yet I had trouble capturing that.  Maybe because it needs more blending?  I like to look at what others have done and I saw some comments that others felt their own drawings suffered in comparison to others.  When I feel that way, I remind myself that comparison is the thief of joy.  We will all improve and as someone else pointed out, we are not all starting from the same place on the path.  I am enjoying re-discovering this part of myself.
    • Paula
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      Chirps: 19
      EatingOnTwoWheels
      Value Stick Representing Lights and Darks: the Squint Test I continue to have to make conscious choice each time I set out to draw: discouragement and frustration, or discovery and curiosity. It is not easy, but is a valuable skill. Drawing is completely new to me, and I find it more than a little difficult to make accurate representations of shapes and proportions.  I can see where and how they are wrong, but can not replicate them. It is an interesting look into the brain.  Meanwhile, I have now dedicated a full sized new eraser to my drawing box! I am also very slow. It would take several more sessions to "finish" my stick (which is how I did my "Jump Right In" warbler), but sometimes I don't want to spend repeated sessions on one drawing.  If you are slow and outdoors, the light changes faster than you can capture it. However, the squint test really works! Sometimes squinting helps me "find" the shape, as well. I added a scribbly background of a tree trunk, palo verde sapling, brush pile, and bird boxes, which is not actually behind my "value stick" but was to my right. You can do that when drawing, unlike photography! (Photoshop not withstanding.) I hope my skills improve on shapes and proportions. Next up: chiaroscuro.
    • Leonora
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      noniebird
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    • Leonora
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      noniebird
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      • Nancy
        Participant
        Chirps: 19
        Nancr
        Hi Leonora,  your chieraschuro is very well done and informative.  I love the red onion and the pepper, nicely done.  The colors are outstanding and the tiny details add so much to making them appear real.
      • Ruth
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        Chirps: 18
        ruthdrawsgonzalez
        I like the way you have used all the different types of marks so effectively, and the way the objects you drew are positively glowing. It is interesting how just bits of color really bring the drawings to life.
      • Cynthia
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        Mea Lea
        Thank you for sharing your drawing.  Your notes make it a lesson in itself!  I am so interested in the way you used all of the different marks!
    • Jeanie
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      jmselby
      70EFE9E4-79A2-4BC4-9AE6-0C2392DF2FDE
    • Bonnie
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      Chirps: 3
      PierceCC
      (Still haven't been able to upload images) It wasn't difficult to see where each could be applied and I'm starting to feel more comfortable doing anything!  Unfortunately, I think I chose natural items that were too complicated for my initial practice.  The areas of light/dark were too small for me to really distinguish the different effects - kind of frustrating but interesting - so instead I applied different shadings to a stuffed toy penguin to build confidence.  Better. It is still tough to maintain proportions, even with short pencil strokes.  I use the eraser a lot.  I expect everyone comes up with their own process - where to start, what comes next, etc.  My question - are there guidelines about this for starting out? I am really enjoying this course.
      • Paula
        Participant
        Chirps: 19
        EatingOnTwoWheels
        Yes! I had to choose my "Light and Dark" objects carefully to keep it from getting too difficult!
    • adriana
      Participant
      Chirps: 13
      adrisnchz
      Vegetables
    • Stefania
      Participant
      Chirps: 19
      Stefiex22
      Actually, I don't feel comfortable putting marks on the page. The chiaroscuro is not really clear to me and i feel rubbish about it. I have seen the others are they are really good, while mine is a bit ugly Apple
      • Leonora
        Participant
        Chirps: 29
        noniebird
        Please be gentle with yourself, as we’re all on the same journey. Some are farther down the path and some not as far as your are. We all started at different times and different places. The very fact that you have committed to taking this class at this time shows a determined interest and desire to create art. Just stick with it. If you don’t understand a lesson, message our instructor and ask her for help. She can refer you to other available sources (maybe a YouTube video or a website) that may reinforce the particular skill or lesson that is challenging you. Sometimes your progress may seem minimal. Then one day, you’ll make a big leap. I’m rooting for you, Stefania.
      • Paula
        Participant
        Chirps: 19
        EatingOnTwoWheels
        As I've said in my own posts: EVERY time I sit down to draw, I quickly come to the point where I have to make a conscious choice between frustration and discouragement vs. discovery and curiosity. It is not easy. I have to tell myself "I can do it!" Meaning I can make the choice, not necessarily draw what I set out to draw. You have captured the round nature of your apple, rather than having it look like a flat circle. That is a success! You, too, can succeed in making a positive choice!
      • Cynthia
        Participant
        Chirps: 24
        Mea Lea
        Hi Stefania, I agree with Paula and Leonora.  There are people in this class with much higher skills than mine, but we need to keep that from discouraging us.  Like Paula, I have to tell myself, "I can do this!"  I have to practice, and as I go I will see more, and refine my skills.  So will you.  Your apple, by the way, looks like an apple.  Check my "eggshells" which to my husband, look like hamburgers!  The chiaroscuro is very hard for me too.  We'll see and understand it better as we practice.  I'm rooting for you too!
      • ANDREA
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        barnea2
        I feel just like you! Over and over I remind myself I am a beginner and my drawings are those of a beginner and that is OK! My doubts make it more difficult right now, but what if I conquer this? better yet, what if I learn to enjoy this? What if I am the best mediocre nature journalist I know? I'll take happy over perfect any day.
      • Cynthia
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        Chirps: 24
        Mea Lea

        @ANDREA Andrea, I love your take on this journey -  "I'll take happy over perfect any day."  I'm going to say that to myself every day.  I really am so happy when I 'm drawing!

    • Lynne
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      lynne.batchelder
      I began with the pear, using a 5” circular fluorescent bulb for illumination, which gave a strange shape highlight. I then moved on to the juggling ball with the same lamp. The Roku pot was illuminated with an LED point source and the texture of the pot resulted in a second shadow below the reflected light.image
    • Christine
      Participant
      Chirps: 7
      archr1
      This was an excellent exercise and the video clips are great. Thank you for the mention of the blending tool. I had forgotten the existence of it and after a search, I found one in a box of drawing odds and ends. I love it for making smooth lights and darks. 9D6A705E-896F-41AA-B0EE-B03D95744470
    • Nancy
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      Chirps: 19
      Nancr
      KingfisherHouse FinchI have been working with pictures, trying to  improve my skills.  I think I am improving.
      • Leonora
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        Chirps: 29
        noniebird
        I’m so impressed that you dove right in and are already drawing such beautiful birds, and in such detail! I especially find the  birds’ wings and feathers difficult to draw. But, you seem to have mastered it with an understanding of the biology and technology of how the wings and feathers move and work . . . not an easy feat. Bravo, Nancy!
      • Cynthia
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        Chirps: 24
        Mea Lea
        The feather work is so beautiful and varied.  Thank you!
      • Connor
        Participant
        Chirps: 3
        Connor Bowhay
        The feather detail is amazing! And the proportions are great too.
    • Anna
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      Chirps: 6
      annaoreilly
      Having difficulty following through with posting. Finally figured it out. Will get back to drawing again.   Don’t know if I’m posting on someone else’s page or mine
    • Anna
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      annaoreilly
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    • Val
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      ValWalters
      FEC592DC-1A6B-4F89-BD2C-417DCC35AB9A3121AA68-4ABA-4B45-999E-028069D89620
    • Carol
      Participant
      Chirps: 17
      carolrasowsky
      B9391F98-E70E-41CD-860C-9A362CA0881E1FB02042-5CB9-4107-B0A7-B4DFF225C993AA436786-49C5-4A62-9B0A-4D7C104149DDI I really enjoy watching the instructional videos - thank you, Liz! And the exercises are great, so helpful.  Getting the texture and the lighting and shadow are ALL so challenging, but I realize it takes LOTS of practice.  Very inspiring to read and see everyone’s posts!
    • Connie
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      ConnieMcCabe
      Such a good “looking” exercise!image
    • Giuliana
      Participant
      Chirps: 16
      giulianacpferrari
      I'm definitely starting to feel more comfortable, but I'm working hard on chiaroscuro because I still feel that is quite hard to distinguish the lights and darks on an object or composition
    • Linda
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      lindy75
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    • Kathy
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      kbsoave
      It is clear that all my skills will be needed to sketch realistically! I need a great deal more practice I think before I can use both light value and 3D markings both accurately and relatively quickly. I think practicing all techniques together will be the most useful for me. It is gratifying to see tiny improvements!IMG_5327IMG_1284
    • Nancy
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      Chirps: 19
      Nancr
      Oranges are hard to texture.  But I think this shows Chiaroscuro, the 3D, I am not as sure of.          I thought I submitted this last night but don't see it this morning so if it is duplicate, I sorry. Orange  Chiaroscuro  040820
    • Margaret
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      Chirps: 3
      marnisquire
      How can I show an area of whiteness that occurs at the edge of the object?  It becomes white on white page!  I'm am becoming less hesitant to open my journal and am enjoying the exercises.fullsizeoutput_6fd
    • serena
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      serena bakx
      I'm getting quite comfortable, but it's still a bit hard to find the reflective light.WIN_20200408_12_19_01_Pro
    • Eliana
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      Chirps: 2
      Eliana9547
      Yes it was easier
    • Nancy
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      Nancr
      I have been working from photographs because I find I can see the light better.  The fur on this vixen was a challenge.  Tomorrow I will try some realVixen  040720 fruit.
      • Eliana
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        Eliana9547
        O M G that is soooooo good! I love it keep up the good work
      • Nancy
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        Nancr

        @Eliana Thank you Eliana. I would love to see your drawings.  Nancy

    • Dorothy D
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      DAnna_Dorothy
      IMG_7243 I am always using value scales, still life set ups with my students to keep them in practice depicting every day objects. I use pencil,charcoal and graphite with them so I ache for color at the end of the day for me sometimes. I think I need it just to give me another challenge. Still learning....
      • Carol
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        Chirps: 17
        carolrasowsky
        Love these and feel like I could just slice right into them and see the juice come out! I am amazed at the way you used color - makes them look so real. I started looking at the discussion posts before learning the content here, but it’s hard to imagine myself ever getting to this level!
      • Cynthia
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        Mea Lea
        Your color work in this painting has so many lessons!  Thank you!  It's gorgeous and alive.
    • ann
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      Chirps: 7
      abirdkidd
      image
    • Nancy
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      Nancr
      I am really enjoying drawing,  I am getting much more comfortable with the process.  You make learning these skills controllable.  I am so glad I signed up for this class. 20200407_072132 oak leaves 2
      • Anna
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        annaoreilly
        Love the fluid movement you’ve managed to bring ti these leaves. Very inspiring. Thanks
    • Holly
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      Chirps: 1
      HollySean
      Chiaroscuro 4-3-20I
    • Rafael
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      Rafael_Lopez_calvo
      Yes, thank you very much. I send this example.DSC00309
    • Leah
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      Chirps: 15
      imchickadee
      Now that I have practiced a lot, I have gotten used to knowing where different skills should be applied. I am definitely a lot more comfortable now with these new skills! So far I have done great with all of these exercises, so I am ready to do more!
    • Shea
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      Chirps: 20
      runnerboy13
      It us easy to see which components are being applied.I am starting to fell more comfortable using these techniques, that said i do think I need to work on the core shadow. ]IMG_20200330_173915
    • Lynley
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      Chirps: 4
      Lynrees
      Have been doing a bit more practice with capturing the light values of objects, I think there is some improvement! and I feel more confident of putting pencil to paper to create an image. Drawing Basics - Light & dark-practice sheet2Drawing Basics - Light & dark-practice sheet3
    • Lynley
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      Chirps: 4
      Lynrees
      Drawing Basics - Light & dark-practice sheet1   Have been enjoying playing with the texture and getting the light & dark thing happening.  This is a start but lots more practice to go!
      • Leonora
        Participant
        Chirps: 29
        noniebird
        Hi, Lynley. Your Value Scale is so well done, and I like the way you used the texturing techniques that we’ve been practicing on your scale - wish I’d thought of that! Your drawings are all so nice too. I especially love your little cardinal peeking onto the page. Keep up the great work! 👍🏻
    • Matt
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      Chirps: 16
      mgoldberg
      IMG_5937 It has been a long time since I've done much sketching. It is coming back to me though.
    • Suzy
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      Chirps: 13
      slyttle
      Attached is my zombie looking face with a tangerine, tomato, and carrot. I noticed taking a picture highlighted the shadows even more. I went back and added in a few more shades using the photo. Practice makes perfect. I would like to get better at conveying the different textures. Chiaroscuro
    • ann
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      Chirps: 7
      abirdkidd
      image
      • Amy
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        Chirps: 3
        AmyThornton
        Fabulous! 😁
      • Jeanie
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        Chirps: 4
        jmselby
        That’s awesome!  I hope you get some more TP soon. Lol
      • Cynthia
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        Chirps: 24
        Mea Lea
        What a delight!  Thank you for the good laugh, and the great drawing.  I love the folds especially.  The soft lines really define the winding of the paper at the top.  I'm so impressed by how few lines can be as important to the image as the complex set you have for the folded edge and the column.
    • Juan
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      Juancho73
      photo_editor_ds_1585090200309
    • ann
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      abirdkidd
      image
    • Suzanne
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      Chirps: 22
      Suzy64
      IMG_6964More work needed on texture and shape. Enjoying the challenges of this course. This is especially nice since spring is here and there are many possibilities for practice outside.
    • Judy
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      Chirps: 2
      jmcchesney
      sketch 1
    • Gigi
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      Chirps: 7
      gzarzuela
      Here is today's tangerine. Left side drawing is the flipped over fruit.tangy
      • Paula
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        Chirps: 19
        EatingOnTwoWheels
        My favorite eraser! I use them for erasing all the terrible markings in my opera parts! (I am a professional flutist.) Now they have another purpose...
    • Gigi
      Participant
      Chirps: 7
      gzarzuela
      Enjoyed this lesson and realized I needed more practice with simple shapes before moving on to actual objects. Practiced spheres repeatedly and today will try a piece of fruit! Mechanical pencil made it hard so I switched to some drawing pencils I had on hand. Have not played with color yet. It was cool to see improvement in a short amount of time (first on the page is top left and last one is bottom left). shadowslights
      • Aaron
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        sidquan
        I love this idea, I also need to practice basic shapes a bit.
      • Carol
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        Chirps: 17
        carolrasowsky
        Thanks for sharing this progression, Gigi. They all look great to me, but now I can really see the difference from first to last!
    • Jenny
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      Jenny
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    • Aaron
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      Chirps: 7
      sidquan
      Does anyone have advice on distinguishing between texture and light/shadow? I find I struggle to include both elements--light and shadow serve as texture in many of my drawings right now. Any tips would be appreciated, thanks!
    • Sarah
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      Sarah46
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    • amy
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      Chirps: 8
      ajgwinters
      Clearly need to practice *looking* for chiaroscuro gradients. It helps to formalize the six components. 4BDE3968-DE26-496B-B407-8ED11ABBF0A7
    • Aaron
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      Chirps: 7
      sidquan
      orange Liz, or anyone, do you have any tips on how I can adjust my stroke so that my lines aren't so evident, if that makes sense? I can really see each stroke, I'm hoping to blend it a bit more so each line stroke isn't quite so evident.
      • ANDREA
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        barnea2
        For me, I find when I make lighter lines (lighter pressure) it works better. For darker, don't press harder-put the lines closer together.
    • Mudito
      Participant
      Chirps: 14
      Mudito
      imageI found this whole section extremely enjoyable.  I learned a lot about drawing, especially the specific techniques and the demonstrations were so useful.  I am very much looking forward to adding colour.  It is a challenge for me to draw things so small.
    • Koen
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      Chirps: 16
      Nahtur
      2020-03-13 fossil Sea Urchin I ventured to draw  this fossil sea urchin, I found in a quarry near home. (Original on the right side of the picture). The rounded, but asymmetric shape and the delicate scale pattern were quite a challenge to draw. Because the  light on the table was diffuse, I mainly used blending for the surface shade  and I added a layer with  with the scale pattern in contour shading style.  This is the style I would prefer for this type of objects with subtle  gradations in shade. I can imagine that other shading stiles may be  more suited for more dynamic objects with sharper contours and color contrasts.
      • Aaron
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        sidquan
        That looks great, @Koen!
      • Koen
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        Nahtur

        @Aaron Thanks Aaron!

      • Connor
        Participant
        Chirps: 3
        Connor Bowhay
        Great fossil sea urchin! You have inspired me to do more drawing.
    • David
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      Chirps: 21
      David Santos
      For the aplication of the different techniques of drawing I think I can understand it. And I tried to mix the different techniques in the same drawing. My cross-hatching is a bit rough, my lines tend to overlay on top each other not giving the subject good definition. My 3D benefit from the blending. I just really feel this very helpful. 89722667_1672852826189869_3989003296235847680_n89844176_585326548730336_5050121953654865920_n89836711_2940185822714249_1486378148378443776_n
      • David
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        David Santos
        Just two more... If you feel I'm pushing please feel free to delete it. Thanks 89763839_767982866943301_4367369857516175360_n89970401_928718307584088_474679257272942592_n
    • holly
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      Chirps: 23
      hollysnuts
      Even fooling with lacy curtains helped in this class IMG_2713 (2)
    • Sarah
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      Sarah46
      image
    • Sarah
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      Sarah46
      image
    • Sarah
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      Sarah46
      Amazing how light plays a role!image
    • Mary
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      Gumdrop
      Always have difficulty differentiating between light and dark and colour! I need to do more of these drawings! 0BAE6BC6-F344-4B23-9953-ABA703F2ED5B
    • Amy
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      Chirps: 14
      Pamfooh2
      I think I'm improving but lots of practice will help including color.Screen Shot 2020-03-09 at 9.00.45 AM
    • Amy
      Participant
      Chirps: 14
      Pamfooh2
      Working on my skills i find that some of the pencils I have are too hard.  I need to do many more of these practices before I finally get it.  I'm going to try an apple next.  I can't seem to soften the areas of highlights to make it more realistic.  Screen Shot 2020-03-08 at 9.16.53 AM
    • Geminis
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      geminis
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    • Patricia
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      Chirps: 23
      whipporwheel
      Shells and rockI tried various shading techniques to capture the 3D aspect of these shells and small stone.  The squint test didn't really work very well, as all three shells are white.
    • Patricia
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      Chirps: 23
      whipporwheel
      Mark-makingI'm interested in working on more natural objects gathered from the field.  The squint test is interesting, but how does it work on objects that are all white, such as these three shells?
    • Sarah
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      Chirps: 10
      Sarah46
      Please tell me how to submit a drawing. It doesn’t appear after I upload no hit submit.
    • Toni
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      tonilp
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    • Toni
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      Chirps: 11
      tonilp
      8A366DDD-9030-4632-9929-FF87D2B78328I’m really struck with the importance of value in creating a 3 dimensional drawing and giving definition to an image. Need to work the most on patience and not feeling overwhelmed by a complicated image! “Where do I even start?!”
    • Mayumi
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      Chirps: 4
      Torichanoide
      IMG_2761 It is hard to make the area of "Highlight" stand out. It is also hard to keep pencil light for the area of "Light."
    • Dianne
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      Dianmc
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      • ruth
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        flickchic98
        wow that pear is beautiful!
      • Gigi
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        Chirps: 7
        gzarzuela
        Super impressive! Have you been painting long?
      • Roxanna
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        Chirps: 2
        rjackman
        I think I am in love with this pear
      • Carol
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        carolrasowsky
        Same reaction! Awesome pear!
    • Dianne
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      Dianmc
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    • Dianne
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      Dianmc
      I haven’t drawn in awhile. It’s fun to do this again. I think it’s easier to show chiaroscuro with watercolor than with the mechanical pencil. I’m going to try to upload some of my pictures.6E6DB26A-3365-4F7A-BB78-B424B843A7C3
    • Mary
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      Chirps: 6
      thechubbywoman
      I used to do all kinds of “pointillism” (stippling) drawings, so I’m familiar with that one, but that takes a LOT of time and concentration, so I can’t see doing that in the field.  And for blending, I need a much softer lead in my pencil.  So, I ordered some 2B lead and some blending stumps.  I tried different techniques with simple shapes, like the apothecia on lichen.  I liked using the pencil more than the pen for most of the techniques.  I found that I tended to MIX the techniques depending on the density of the shadow and color and the texture of the lichen. shading techniques4 I am feeling a bit more confident about laying down shapes and doing shading, but I know I'll need more work to get comfortable with it in the field.  I need more work with fur and feather's too as they seem daunting.  Drawing things likes eggs and lichen seem easy in comparison.
    • Juan
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      Chirps: 18
      Juan Jo
      When I started was deiffilcult but then easy. I am feeling more cornmftable with my new marks. I wanna work in the chiaraoscuro. image0
    • Laurie
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      Chirps: 2
      lmluvsart
      9876705E-C8F1-414D-AE78-4DCAAC7A6A76 This exercise was very helpful. Until I squinted my eyes, I had difficulty discerning the light and dark.
    • katie
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      Chirps: 1
      kwrabalais
      719FD446-70F8-4EF2-8156-2BB18F19B17D
    • Deanna
      Participant
      Chirps: 6
      whobblet
      I still have some work figuring out what marks are best to depict shadow and light. I've been drawing my cat and while I don't quite get the proportions right, I think I have been able to capture the texture of her fur. Chiaroscuro is something I still need to work on especially the subtle gradient from light to dark and figuring out the shading to capture the shadows properly, but I am awfully happy with how much I've progressed so far, as a total beginner.  The posts by others are both intimidating and inspiring but I love the openness and willingness of everyone who posts for sharing. It's truly inspiring to see what others are sketching. IMG_4640IMG_4645[1]
      • Sally
        Participant
        Chirps: 5
        slwhiteco
        Wow, Deanna! I think you're doing great. Especially on the cats-- I've always found them difficult. She's a pretty cat, such neat markings.
      • Nancy
        Participant
        Chirps: 11
        Nancy JS
        Hi Deanna, nice job on the cat, especially.  I've been drawing my cats over the years and they don't generally come out as good as yours.  well done!
    • Curt & Jeanne
      Participant
      Chirps: 7
      heuersthree
      sketch2 A small container and two odd rocks. The first rock had some odd dimples and depressions, the smaller rock had some fossil impressions which I found difficult to express on paper. Hmm, should have done the shadow on the container..
    • Sally
      Participant
      Chirps: 5
      slwhiteco
      I wasn't sure, but a couple people were able to guess that it's a tomato. 20200215_110812 Then went back and did the bufflehead for practice. I'd like to try this one in pen. Someday. 20200215_110719  
      • Christy
        Participant
        Chirps: 5
        cesmahan
        Nicely done! I really like the face and that eye!
      • Sally
        Participant
        Chirps: 5
        slwhiteco

        @Christy Thanks, Christy. I'm enjoying getting back into drawing, but have a long way to go!

    • Paulette
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      6retired2
      my chiaroscuro looks like a sad attempt at a baseball cap :)  Looking at the posts below I am too embarrassed to submit mine--I guess I have a long way to go.
      • Nancy
        Participant
        Chirps: 11
        nstevick
        Paulette, I know how you feel. My tomato looks diseased. We just need to keep practicing.
    • Jann
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      Chirps: 4
      janningk
      (whoops, submitted twice)
    • Jann
      Participant
      Chirps: 4
      janningk
      200209 chairoscuro As I started sketching outdoors, the light kept changing as the sun came and went behind clouds which changed the nature of both the light and highlight on the fruits and the shadows they cast, from strong to very diffuse. I am still exploring what marks give what kind of results, feeling far from accomplished, but getting a bit more comfortable.
    • Beth
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      Chirps: 4
      Bethbrindo
      image
    • Melanie
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      Chirps: 4
      mandalabird
      IMG_7684   lots to learn!  It just feels so good to do this.  I think the garlic is more recognizable than the squash.  Actually, it amazes me when something is recognizable at all!
      • Sally
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        Chirps: 5
        slwhiteco
        I like the style you're using here. Captures the subjects nicely.
    • Karla
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      Chirps: 7
      Pikagirl
      IMG_6837
    • Belinda
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      Chirps: 9
      beekeev
      IMG_0435IMG_0436IMG_0423
      • Nancy
        Participant
        Chirps: 11
        Nancy JS
        Hi Belinda,  I really like the energy of the drawn circle especially.
    • Donna
      Participant
      Chirps: 15
      jalexaphotography
      It's easier to see light on some object better than others. For example, highly textured items seem to absorb more light and takes a bit more observation to discern the light and shadow. I am getting more comfortable with marking the page. I haven't sketched in a few years, but it's starting to come back to me. This course has been a big help with refreshing my memory. I'm comfortable with hatching, cross-hatching, contour hatching, and blending. I need to work in stippling.
    • joyce
      Participant
      Chirps: 10
      BlueJz
      image
    • John
      Participant
      Chirps: 16
      Peckalot
      IMG_0841
      • Carol
        Participant
        Chirps: 17
        carolrasowsky
        These are wonderful images, and I love how you labeled each one with the type of technique so we can see the differences - thanks!
    • MELANIE
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      Chirps: 3
      Chickadee333
      First attempt at chiaroscuro: red pepper in late afternoon sun.  Difficult to make it look like it was sitting on the desk vs. floating.  Any suggestions?  Second attempt was red apple with 2 different light sources. What is wrong with the late afternoon shadow?  Is it at the wrong angle?  The sun came from the upper right.   It was great to use the squint test for light values  and to look for highlights in the shadows, which I noticed on the apple as well as on the desk surface.  I need to work more on using different textures in my drawings. 20200111_15591720200116_185809
    • Sarah
      Participant
      Chirps: 7
      Saliog
      The techniques are helpful. Surprisingly, squint test really clarifies values., helping to sort out value differences from color differences.  I never noticed the reflected light part of shadows. The shadowing will take a lot more practice to blend and catch subtleties, but the shading techniques help a lot. This is a start!8CC0D498-6C96-405C-A040-05A795E2DFF1
    • Tanis
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      Chirps: 23
      tanislynn
      DSC02249 This partial paper wasp nest is one of the hardest things I have tried to draw and represents some of the problems I am still working on: how to make the central leg appear farther away, how to get a 3-D appearance while including the markings of the nest and how to make a bowl appearance where the top is off. Using cross hatching and dots along with hatching has been effective in other drawings. Contour hatching is something I want to work on more. Liz's videos are super helpful and these discussion groups are inspirational.
      • Leonora
        Participant
        Chirps: 29
        noniebird
        But, it totally looks like a wasp nest! Beautifully rendered and bravissimo!
    • BJORN
      Participant
      Chirps: 40
      suzukiawd13
      IMG_20200112_183004
      • BJORN
        Participant
        Chirps: 40
        suzukiawd13
        ....this is, fittingly, a painted egg, and a napkin holder. Not quite a bird, but bird related. Yet, not a real egg, a painted ornamental egg. I used a red pencil, as highlights. And a pen, as a core shadow/darkest points. O.k.-O.k.
    • Dorlisa
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      Dorlisa
      Interested in tips re pencil type to use and how to get softer look.   I'm using an HB that is not sharpened which works ok but thinking a softer pencil may be better.
    • Karina
      Participant
      Chirps: 3
      arqkpin
      I'm trying ;-) IMG_20200102_123805
    • Rebecca
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      Chirps: 6
      rebeccabe
      I’m  comfortable enough, for now.  The shadows and highlights were a little difficult where the dark coloring of the object merged with shadow.  The shape of the object would get lost and I didn’t want to draw a hard line to show the shape.  This might become somewhat easier when we start to use paint and the boundary between colors can indicate shape. B88C565A-4407-42C8-9B51-9EE3226CDF91
      • Rebecca
        Participant
        Chirps: 6
        rebeccabe
        Whoa!  The upload squished my drawing, flattening it to the point my apple looks like a squash (aptly named!) and the banana looks fattened.  So, I reinserted the image (below.)  It looks okay as I’m writing this post, but we’ll see how it ends up. 4CF2544B-6F8D-4167-A986-0EBBADB2E9AC
    • Casside
      Participant
      Chirps: 4
      casside.blake
      I’m kinda used to shading but as you can see I’m not the best but I’m starting to get more comfortable with it.image
    • Ida
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      Chirps: 7
      IdaMaria
      IMG_20191225_143957
    • James
      Participant
      Chirps: 13
      Jim Fuehrmeyer
      IMG_1246 OK I think it's time for me to start practicing what I have learned thus far before I move on to the next lessons.  This is my first time taking lessons in drawing anything so I don't need to rush it.
    • Christine N.
      Participant
      Chirps: 38
      cnykwest
      This is my first attempt at using several skills in one picture. I experimented with textures, dimensions, shading. I found out a few things; I need to draw daily, I need to slow down and I need to examine. Drawing is an activity that takes more time, for me, than I realized and I expect that will change as I get better at it. IMG_1771
      • Sally
        Participant
        Chirps: 5
        slwhiteco
        I love this one! Nice work...
      • Nancy
        Participant
        Chirps: 11
        Nancy JS
        I love the milkweed pods and silk.  I like to sketch them too.  They always bring back fond memories for me.  My grandmother was a floral designer and would always send me outside to gather dry milkweed pods for her to use in her arrangements.  you did a nice job.
    • Christine N.
      Participant
      Chirps: 38
      cnykwest
      This is my latest attempt. Used hatching and a blending stump. I want to park here for a little while and practice the techniques learned in these last four lessons.IMG_1769
    • Christine N.
      Participant
      Chirps: 38
      cnykwest
      I feel like Liz's "lines" are so much more artistic that my own, how can that be they are just lines! But, for me, I feel like I need to work on finding my own technique. For instance, I did the value scale using hatching then blended it with my finger. But then I used a blending stump and I felt the result was far superior to my finger. So, it's practice and trial and error. IMG_1768
    • Chris
      Participant
      Chirps: 15
      HeartBirds
      I’ve never taken a drawing class before so I’m learning a lot & becoming more comfortable with putting pencil to paper. I need a lot more practice though. Since I had no fruit in the house I sketched my Hawaiian musical instruments made out of gourds, one of which I made myself which was also a learning process.  Chris Jonientz 01560734-E291-42F8-9598-DABCBD4AFAC8FB48D94C-4C61-43DD-8B1D-24D6CC25FD829CA544CA-A4E4-4DFB-8DB1-56BBFD2496F8
      • Tanis
        Participant
        Chirps: 23
        tanislynn
        Your use of cross hatching in the gourd instruments was quite effective. I am still trying to find a place to use it effectively. Tanis
    • Nicole
      Participant
      Chirps: 8
      NNeeld
      We are enjoying learning how to make our drawings better and more true to their nature. The first picture is of my practice of Chiaroscuro and the second is of my oldest sons practice. IMG_3408IMG_3409
    • Wendy
      Participant
      Chirps: 4
      WendyB53
      53D13646-B80D-4956-8E07-519D6E561285I’m enjoying drawing nature objects and I feel like I’m getting back to my drawing roots. I like having a course to spur me on! The giraffe used crosshatch and done with fine tip marker
      • Chris
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        Chirps: 15
        HeartBirds
        Gorgeous!
      • Tanis
        Participant
        Chirps: 23
        tanislynn
        Beautiful! love how you make the fur appear soft. How did you achieve the glint in the eyes? I did an apple and while the light and dark areas show the way I hoped, I could not capture the glow of the apple in the light.
      • Nancy
        Participant
        Chirps: 11
        Nancy JS
        Wow,  these are great.
      • ruth
        Participant
        Chirps: 4
        flickchic98
        Wow these giraffes are beautiful
    • Wendy
      Participant
      Chirps: 4
      WendyB53
      E340C101-2C5E-485E-9469-D7800D06AB43I’m enjoying drawing nature objects and I feel like I’m getting back to my drawing roots. I like having a course to spur me on!
      • Wendy
        Participant
        Chirps: 4
        WendyB53
        6524186B-81CF-4E8C-AB6A-462B4D966135
    • Christine N.
      Participant
      Chirps: 38
      cnykwest
      I can see it will take me longer than I thought to work my way through this course. I practiced using sketchy lines and techniques for shaping and texturing. My circles are getting better! I have to learn to hold my pencil more lightly and freely and use more wrist than fingers for control. Loosen it up......I don't know when I will be ready for color. After this unit I will have something to post! I am inspired to draw the milkweed pods I just cut down in my front yard. Happy sketching all.....
    • Ruth
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      ruthb22
      I likedone using stippling for this drawing, maybe because it's already kind of a bumpy subject.
    • Mary
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      Chirps: 2
      swedefinn2
      702762A8-865A-4C27-8AA3-2DC6E4C502E5
    • joan
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      Chirps: 3
      puffin2
      I understand chirascuro the best and can see the light and shadows on the objects I draw.  Deciding what type of mark to use is an area where I need to practice more.  The red pepper is my favorite of the fruits and vegetables on this page, possibly because I used straight hatching, which seemed to work better than curved hatching for the other objects.  The navel orange might have been more recognizable if I had used stippling.     IMG_1958
    • Jessica
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      JRMcLachlan
      I tried to use a different style of shading for the sphere, the apple, the lemon and the miniature pumpkin to varying degrees of success. I most enjoyed stippling the lemon, which felt almost meditative after a time, though I fear the outcome looks rather more like a kiwi fruit in texture. I struggled most with miniature pumpkin and couldn't get the combination of cross hatching and contouring to work, which was frustrating.IMG_20191117_175714
      • Mariana
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        Chirps: 11
        marianabotero
        Lovely!
    • IRENE
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      Chirps: 6
      IHARTLEY
      20191119_115157 I'm still working giving depth and dimension this acorn.
    • Edith
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      Chirps: 8
      eharte
      IMG_0606 I am still working on light and dark- trying to get some clarity in my drawings- mostly using graphite until I can get in right more consistently. Shagbark hickory nuts were a good subject. I still want to work on light and dark going forward. It's one thing to get convincing and clear lighting on an inanimate object and quite another to apply it to a living object that moves. I will continue to work on this on each journal page as it progresses. I'm not sure what to do about messy looking writing; maybe ink rather than pencil.
      • Beverly
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        Chirps: 1
        bevmills
        This is wonderful! Inspiring to a beginner.
      • Nancy
        Participant
        Chirps: 11
        Nancy JS
        Really nice and inspiring.  I love how you've laid out your page.  thanks for sharing it.
    • Martha Davis
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      Chirps: 18
      pattonmd
      IMG_4835IMG_4836maybe trite subject matter, but plentiful
    • Martha Davis
      Participant
      Chirps: 18
      pattonmd
      LeonardoAt last! This is the image of Leonardo (a nature journalist!) I unsuccessfully tried to upload with my little leaf and pumpkin drawings earlier. (Here we were practicing chiaroscuro and different ways of shading, including hatching). Marty Patton (who is running waaaaay behind)
    • Martha Davis
      Participant
      Chirps: 18
      pattonmd
      I thoroughly enjoyed sketching some leaves, a pumpkin, and an etching I found of Leonardo (who was, among other things, a master nature journaler--right? His notebooks intrigue me more than his finished paintings). I took a photo of my sketch, saved it as a jpg, and then inserted it (multiple times) in the "insert image" spot--where it does show up, but it takes up the whole screen and obliterates the "submit" button. If I try to return to the original page, I lose it all. Advice is welcome! (I did contact the Cornell help page and did what I thought I was told--saved it as a jpg and inserted it.) --Marty Patton
    • Barry
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      Chirps: 1
      barryhughcolvin
      I’m a beginner, so I know this takes oodles of practice, but I struggle with the various forms of shading. Mine look too mechanical. Are there any reassures you can recommend that will help me draw more natural and realistic three demential figures? Regards, Barry
    • Brenda
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      Chirps: 2
      bleckhardt
      B00EA14D-3DC1-4AEA-A483-BC85FD15E70B2D0DF911-900F-498F-B34F-EA0A0A3DCA5C62E3C798-4225-42FE-95E0-32F3F7740CDDMy attempt at giving depth to the pictures using the shading techniques
    • Edith
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      Chirps: 8
      eharte
      I tried to work on dark and light on various objects I found to draw. I feel like I understand light and shadow better, but it is an ongoing process. I am very much enjoying seeing everyone's work on such a huge variety of subjects. It is helpful and "enlightening". Edirh
    • Edith
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      Chirps: 8
      eharte
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      • Isabel
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        IsabelTroyo
        Beautiful drawings!
      • Mariana
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        Chirps: 11
        marianabotero
        Those are really nice!
      • Nancy
        Participant
        Chirps: 11
        Nancy JS
        these are so lovely and inspiring.
    • Isabel
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      Chirps: 30
      IsabelTroyo
      ClaroscuroMango I tried to put a bright highlight and a dark cast shadow on this mango
      • Nancy
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        Chirps: 11
        Nancy JS
        it's beautiful.
    • Nancy
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      nancyjleonard
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      • Alison
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        Chirps: 1
        ragufinc
        I particularly like the birch tree!
    • Mariana
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      Chirps: 11
      marianabotero
      IMG_4815It was great fun trying out all the new techniques, some of which come easier than others!
    • Mariana
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      Chirps: 11
      marianabotero
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    • Judith
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      Chirps: 2
      JudithLowe
      IMG_3595 This is SO much fun! I'm learning a lot with vast space for improvement!
      • Mariana
        Participant
        Chirps: 11
        marianabotero
        They´re really lovely! You´re a pro... Can I ask what pencil you´re using? Is it a thin charcoal or a drawing pencil? Thanks
      • Judith
        Participant
        Chirps: 2
        JudithLowe

        @Mariana I was using the twist-erase pencil recommended by Liz

    • Dan
      Participant
      Chirps: 10
      dmurnizzle
      It was not so easy to see where and how to apply the chiaroscuro technique.  The blending the shadows was difficult, although the cast shadow and the highlight were the easiest to find and to apply.  I'm feeling more comfortable putting marks down on the page and these lessons have given me confidence in drawing new objects like onions, succulents and chili peppers that I have not drawn before.  I want to work on chiaroscuro and shading in the upcoming lessons as well as applying those techniques to watercolor paintings and paintings with color in general.shading148shading 2149light and dark141
    • Helen
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      slvrhawk
      DSCN0628 (2)Here is my attempt. I found my greatest challenge to be the very shiny bright spot reflected off the left side of the moon shell. I feel it would have been easier if I had used color, which would have made it possible to leaves a white spot at that location. Though the harsh shadow on the right looks...really harsh, it was indeed that stark.
    • Sharon
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      shoogle13
      20191102_180605 I think I'm finally getting the hang of the whole contour/shading thing!😊
    • Sharon
      Participant
      Chirps: 3
      shoogle13
      20191028_18055720191102_161117 I was confused by the difference between contouring and shading, and all my drawings kept ending up heavy and dark because I was trying to convey too much I think. I watched a couple of cool YouTube videos by Alphonso Dunn and really liked the starkness of his drawings. I tried to apply some of what I learned here in a pencil drawing. I think it works especially because the flower itself is a simple subject. Doesn't work so well on oak leaves (results not shown lol).
      • Linda
        Participant
        Chirps: 6
        LDelk68
        I think you worked it out well. The flower shading picks up the darkest shadowed areas. The stem and leaves in particular look very realistic.
      • Pat
        Participant
        Chirps: 12
        ptfojut
        Thanks Sharon, I too have trouble with heavy marks, more resources are helpful.
    • Pat
      Participant
      Chirps: 12
      ptfojut
      411167EF-15FA-46B7-AC94-3FEBC7BDB542FF2CB24A-0C63-4BF0-AFA5-0D75DFBDE1956270C459-B970-421C-BFC3-3F224961B9B2   I used blending a lot on the deer skull. I am certainly paying attention to detail more.
    • Gayle
      Participant
      Chirps: 8
      GPerrine
      IMG_0634IMG_0635IMG_0631 It was good to learn a variety of marks to use for shading, and it is getting easier to put pencil to paper. I would like to try more stippling  - its a challenging skill.
      • patricia
        Participant
        Chirps: 6
        paakre
        Wonderful variety of images and techniques.  Well done!
    • Mary
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      Chirps: 7
      Ravon43
      Happy Halloween to all.IMG_0639
      • Viki
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        Chirps: 7
        VikiLawrence
        Beautiful!  Love your style.
      • Christine
        Participant
        Chirps: 2
        professor.rose
        Gorgeous!! I'm envious, as I still struggle with keeping watercolor simple and beautiful like this. Mine are always overworked!
    • Mary
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      marygGES
      I tried everything. Still working on everything!
    • Craig
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      Chirps: 20
      cmflyer
      I tried all the shading methods. Still working on the highlights and shadows. IMG_1407
    • Amy
      Participant
      Chirps: 21
      amy_jay_bee
      30AC2634-30BF-4D75-AED4-3DA755B335E7 I got very involved with the light and shadow on the leaves of the persimmon and struggled with, say, the shadows being similar values to the persimmon next to them. Same with the pepper, as though a similar amount of light was being reflected from the pepper and from the paper but in different ways. Also, I realized I had 3 nearby windows and so 3 light sources! Well, I’m always up for a challenge. One thing I learned from this was to think in terms of shapes of light and dark as well as values. And I think I’m seeing much, much more already.
    • Valerie P Stevens
      Participant
      Chirps: 13
      valeriepstevens
      hummingbird1
    • Valerie P Stevens
      Participant
      Chirps: 13
      valeriepstevens
      japanese leaffield study nuthatchesHummingbird2
    • Olwen
      Participant
      Chirps: 9
      olwenj
      the following to images are my attempts at improving my observations and including shading, darks and lights even a little Chiaro scauro! I'm loving the experimentation. Mosquitoes are so bad here I can't yet sit outside and look, listen and record my experiences! Coastal NC in the Fall! I'm using photos in Living bird magazine to attempt the sketches. i have brought objects indoors to work on these skills.
    • Olwen
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      Chirps: 9
      olwenj
      Song sparrowSavannah sparrow
    • Chris
      Participant
      Chirps: 4
      ChrisNJ
      29417B65-09DE-47F3-9E58-5BCBE0D248AA
    • David
      Participant
      Chirps: 14
      yabking
      Mushroom Study -- StipplingFirst attempt at using stippling.  I think it works pretty well for the smooth texture of the mushrooms.  I hadn't used this method before and it is not as time consuming as I thought it would be.
      • Laurie
        Participant
        Chirps: 15
        BartelsBirders
        Your water color reminds me of children's books;  a few woodland characters surely live nearby and come to nibble, nestle or romp! In any case, I find your drawing quite delightful and soothing.
      • David
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        Chirps: 14
        yabking

        @Laurie Thank you so much for your comments.  I found doing the drawing and painting incredibly soothing myself!

      • Viki
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        Chirps: 7
        VikiLawrence
        I love the color and texture of the mushroom on the left.  Very realistic looking!
      • David
        Participant
        Chirps: 14
        yabking

        @Viki Thank you for commenting.  Yes, even though it looks like a cartoon, that is what the Fly Agaric actually looks like (it is poisonous!!).

    • Laurie
      Participant
      Chirps: 15
      BartelsBirders
      Thoroughly enjoyed this exercise as it was satisfying to see recognizable objects appear on the page, even with "fluid" proportions (especially on the bathroom sink)! Started to incorporate stippling in the banana and found I need reminders that there are mark making techniques beyond various hatchings. Both the Squint technique and Chiaroscuro are quite helpful for illustrating dimensionality. Finally, in looking back at all my exercises since day 1 of this class, I notice my drawings expand to fill a large part of the page. What I'd like to work on – how to draw proportion more accurately; seeing if I can make my drawings smaller; reminding myself before taking pen to paper that there are multiple mark making techniques. For the record, I am having FUN and feeling like my brain, eyes and hand are (re)learning to communicate with one another when it comes to observing and translating those observations to paper. banana bathroomSink
    • Karen O
      Participant
      Chirps: 14
      KarenOlgaz
      If I had not written garlic next to sketch not sure it would be clear what it was.I have a long way to go, I could squint and see highlights, and shadows, but had a hard time translating that to pencil on paper.IMG_6352
      • Viki
        Participant
        Chirps: 7
        VikiLawrence
        Actually nicely done!  I can tell it's garlic!
    • Viki
      Participant
      Chirps: 7
      VikiLawrence
      IMG_1717 Other than spelling (shagge- oops!) I enjoyed doing this drawing.  I tried again in ink and found it more difficult to make shading that I was happy with.
      • Karen O
        Participant
        Chirps: 14
        KarenOlgaz
        Love your shaggy mane drawing, knew at once what it was! Nicely done.
      • Martha Davis
        Participant
        Chirps: 18
        pattonmd
        I appreciate the details, both visual and verbal.
    • Christi-June
      Participant
      Chirps: 14
      christijune
      20191025_083557Using the new drawing skills were pretty easily applied. I do see myself using blending more than any other technique but I would like to use more of the others to create some variation.
    • Cleo
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      Chirps: 3
      Cleo Sonneborn
      Scan I have always dreaded drawing, and yet I am finding the practice to be exciting, fun.  I am looking forward to sitting down each day and focusing on some natural object, then trying to bring it to the page as accurately as I can. After completing a sketch, I am tired.  It takes a big dose of mental energy.  I have learned that if I repeat the exercise, the second sketch is easier, quicker and usually, a better result.
      • Nancy
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        HummerNan
        Hi Cleo. Just wanted to respond to you and say that I appreciate that feeling of dread and fatique with drawing. It has happened to me, too, and I think it relates to feeling it's a performance thing rather than just sitting and relaxing. It's easier for me when I can feel the the sensation of the pencil lead on the paper and feel the flow in the little marks. I'm way behind in the course as I had been traveling. Just catching up. Hope the drawing feels easier to you by now.
    • Barbara
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      clericiranch
      E55676D4-3314-47B1-9F59-1A72416CA149 The Onion
    • Linda
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      LDelk68
      98B9FF80-2434-4211-BA3F-339F44CD57E5I tried out the different kinds of hatching and blending marks on two sea shells and a dried oak leaf with an immature acorn attached. With the shells, it was easier to see the lightest lights and darkest darks. The oak leaf was harder, as the muted green and ochre colors of the leaf were similar in value, so I looked for the shadows and darkest parts of the leaf to try to bring out value contrasts. That was a challenge, but after several tries, I’m fairly satisfied with the result. I used hatching, cross hatching, stippling, and blending on different parts of the leaf. The journal I’m using is made of heavy, textured watercolor paper, so my pencil marks for different kinds of hatching and shading tend to blend together. I will try some other pencil drawings with a smoother paper, like the one recommended in the course materials list, to see if the different kinds of hatching show up better.
      • Sharon
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        shoogle13
        I think you were very successful!
    • Seth
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      sfb28806
      sketch - shading This is a start, but it is going to take a lot more practice to use these techniques more intuitively.  I spent a lot of energy trying to get my drawing to look like the object--I need to go back and actually pay attention to light and shadow.   The squint is a great piece of advice.  One challenge I encountered was rendering marks and textures on the surface of the objects and also trying to render depth and shadow.  I love seeing how other people approached this assignment below.  The ones I prefer  are more free and whimsical.  I would like to agonize less.
    • Jessica
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      Jessica_Ballard
      I thought it was easy to find certain points (highlights and core shadows), however I am having a hard time with my casting shadow. I'm not sure if it's due to the lighting since I couldn't find the reflected light. Doing the squint test was helpful to see the value scale, but I definitely need to practice more. Apple Drawing
    • Lucia
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      wolflu
      image
      • Linda
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        LDelk68
        I get a real sense of the weight and volume of this pear. I bet it would be juicy if I bit into it.
    • Pat
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      ptfojut
      WIN_20191020_08_49_33_Pro I sketched blocks from photo, I feel like the shadows are not quite right.  Carry on. WIN_20191020_08_48_13_ProWIN_20191020_08_47_36_Pro Indoor lighting
    • Charlene
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      cbrusso
      Wow, I need a lot of practice. It's really helpful to see everyone's sketches here and compare different approaches. I'm not yet patient enough to try stippling, but scribbling is definitely right up my alley. I'll need to grab some veggies from our CSA share and get to work drawing them. Thanks to everyone who posted -- I aspire to get my produce to look as lovely as yours!
    • Constance
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      constancekel
      I am starting to feel more comfortable with just  starting to draw something, knowing that there are techniques that I can use. It's not easy for me to see yet which type of marks are best to use in different situations. I need to practice more on simply sketching outlines and trying different ways of shading. Now, with adding light and dark to the sketch, I have trouble showing the difference between what is an actual feature of the object versus a shadow on the object.
    • Victor
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      victorpac
      I enjoyed this, but some things worked better for me than others. I am not very good with dots. I love the hatching and cross-hatching. IMG_20191019_214102 IMG_20191019_215624 However seeing the shadows and tones can be tricky, especially if the light changes as you are doing it. My drawing is still a bit stiff, but hopefully it will become freer with use. Can one mix different forms of shading in the same image? My guess is to a small extent and with a lot of care.
    • Erin
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      ErinVillanueva
      FE2A16AC-99AF-4582-8E4D-01DCCE65F669 My hatching needs a lot more practice, but I feel like I got better as I went—although it helps that more complex objects are sometimes easier to add value to than simple ones. Round things are challenging!
      • Erin
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        ErinVillanueva
        (Also just realized that apple is called ‘Arkansas Black’, not Arizona. Oops!)
      • Victor
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        victorpac
        That is just so good! They are almost tactile.
    • Cynthia
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      CynthiaJohnson
      BEDFD12F-226E-4F77-B018-028D9BFCAFD6This was very helpful lesson. Working on 3-dimension and light and dark qualities.
      • Victor
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        victorpac
        Your highlights are excellent
    • Frances
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      2616Etna
      I'm finding this very challenging, but what I draw is better than I thought it would be.    I need to work on changing value from light to dark to that it is gradual, rather than abrupt.
    • Frances
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      2616Etna
      3D 2.23D 1
      • Kathryn
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        Kathryn Appelbaum
        I love your mark-making!
      • S
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        twistybear
        Love your style.
    • LM
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      LMKFlagg17
      IMG_20191018_192559 I am still struggling for the reflective light and shadows but I am improving.  Like others, it did help to watch some videos to gain further understanding.   Sketching is quicker when filling in values of light and dark.  I am definitely getting more comfortable with the process and enjoy looking back on the sketches I've done so far.
    • Sharla
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      SEkvall
      I tried!  I think this will be easier to accomplish with the paints and color.  I noticed some of you are venturing into the watercolors or colored pencils and it helps to bring out the actual lights and darks apart from color and texture. The cast shadow was the most difficult part for me.  IMG_3656
    • Linda
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      LindaMizzell
      IMG_1318Requires a lot of practice, but lots of fun.
    • Erin
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      Erin Eliza
      Interesting to see other's drawings so will try uploading one - I am enjoying the challenges and coaching.  This carving also has a lovely rough style of etchings that were fun to try to represent. RuddyDuckCarving
    • Andrea
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      AndreaKross
      Getting the chiaroscuro along with the lights and darks of the skin tone of my pear was a challenge.  The skin in the brightest part was a darker green than the yellowish skin in the shadow area where the pear gets narrow, and I wasn't sure how to represent that.  I'd include a picture of the pear but I ate it!  (Destroying evidence) Chiaroscuro - Pear
      • Linda
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        LDelk68
        This is a very elegant, believable pear. Sorting out The light and dark values from the colors can be challenging. I think you did that well,
      • S
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        twistybear
        Nice.
    • Susan
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      margsea
      IMG_4080IMG_4078I've enjoyed practicing these drawing skills. It seems to take me forever to draw a simple object. I expect my confidence will improve with practice. I can't imagine taking this much time while drawing in the forest. The days are shorter here in British Columbia I'd be drawing in the dark lol! Haven't tried fruit yet. Great to see everyone's art!
      • Tom
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        ebirdtgill
        Good economy of line.  Less (lines) can be more (satisfying(!
    • Heather
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      hpeathamm
      41CC9AE5-3E48-4845-903D-75A2E41B8464This is fun  I need to try some hash marks and convince myself they belong.  I always feel like they are inappropriate for my subjects but then I see others use them for nature subjects and they look great .20C5D6D0-6807-40A2-A9CB-514944EEEA6A
    • Michael
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      mkfrayne
      It might be easier if I drew an apple and then went to the store to find one that looks like my drawing! This is a great course, I'm learning and having fun.15712676850671502248224291551945
    • Lily
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      lilypage
      IMG_0864-2
    • Kim
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      KATrue
      This will take some practice, but the clear instructions provided give me a starting point for adding dimension to my drawings.IMG_0720
    • Madeleine
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      mlenagh
      That shell was more difficult than I had expected. But I don't have any fruit to practice on. This is so much fun! chiaroscuro
    • Dee
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      di-zee2015
      My first attempt. DEA7D2F0-04EC-4094-9B79-CADA4C794CF7
      • Sharla
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        SEkvall
        This is really good!
      • Dee
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        di-zee2015

        @Sharla Thank you Sharla

      • Nancy
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        NGigliotti
        Looks great! 👍🏻
    • S
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      twistybear
      This course is great!  I needed something to get me back at it again and I need to do much more!  Preparing for a trip next year that I hope to illustrate during the journey. IMG_20191015_181050952
    • kathleen
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      pajaroenmano
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      • kathleen
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        pajaroenmano
        Having fun with these exercises.  I need a lot of practice with light and shadow!!
    • Janice
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      janlan
      IMG_5216It was very hard to get the three dimensions of the apple at first. I felt stuck. Then I watched a video that gave some hints. That helped me get started. Now I am excited to try another drawing. Bring on the fruit!
    • Mike
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      Buffalo72
      Harder than it looks. I keep running into texture along with dark and light. I suppose I need to find things with uniform textures to practice shadows, and things with uniform lighting to practice textures. Things with both make it really hard to decide how to proceed... I also wish I had a good way to upload. Scanning is slow and takes about 5 separate steps to get the picture loaded. Maybe I should join the 21st century and get a phone with a camera? I did do a couple of small sketches that weren't too bad. I'll try to upload them later.
    • Penny
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      pclr77
      Some lovely drawings have been posted. Here is something more natural than the bowl I posted earlier. Getting used to shading a bit more.   apple_chiaroscuro
    • Chloe
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      ChloeMB
      It was hard for me to find where the light and the dark spots were on the object, I found that it was easier to first take a photo of it, and that brought out some of the more obvious chiaroscuro. I am feeling more comfortable on putting the marks on pages, I am finding that I am more capable of doing these things than I think.
    • David
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      yabking
      AcornsTexturesLemonStipplePomHatchDefinitely getting a feel for which shading techniques work for me on which subjects.  Stippling on lemon worked well, I think.  I'm not so sure about cross-hatching on pomegranate, but maybe it works.
      • Victor
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        victorpac
        The pomegranate looks good enough to eat! I love the way you use colour there. The shadow cast by the pomegranate is a bit rough and ready, but the fruit itself is stunning.  Love it! 
      • David
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        yabking

        @Victor Thank you!  Yeah, I'm not too happy with the shadow.  I think I should have blended it more ...

      • Kathryn
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        Kathryn Appelbaum
        Nice! These feel both personal and real. I'm inspired by how well the watercolor with pencil is working together.
      • David
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        yabking

        @Kathryn Thank you!  I'm still getting the feel for the watercolors and how they work with the pencil.  I've used watercolor pencils before, and colored pencils, but never watercolors with pencil drawings.  Fun to see how it all works together ...

    • glynda
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      glynpat
      6DA03B9A-DE4D-4FE7-9B2A-EAF5B814F84F
    • Maidie
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      maidiefk
      This was also hard for me. But I did do a few drawings. 7V7w7gVHSfCFB+DP9LjczA_thumb_3463 I couldn't pull myself to try to add color to it. Then my grandson wanted me to draw his backpack, so I thought I'd try it. %Oy40VfXQgKHW6eIFf6hNA_thumb_3479 Next, my granddaughter wanted a drawing of a shell. IMG_6054 I'm enjoying really looking at the object.
    • Tom
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      ebirdtgill
      Gettin' down & dirty (ie, too much pencil, shading, color, etc!) Enjoyed the explanation of shadow (and learning that new, cool word "chiaroscuro") and I can see that this parameter--shading--will take a lot of practice yet will lead to drawings that I will come to enjoy more (the process and the end project). shading apple eraser
    • Nancy
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      NGigliotti
      I really like the style in which Liz is instructing us. It’s early in this course, yet I feel like I’m learning so much! I’m sure everyone else agrees. I am ready to move on, but no doubt I’ll go back to the prior units for a refresher as needed. I’m s happy I took this course.
    • William
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      mickelboro
      I have not done any drawing or sketching in many years.  The lesson on drawing basics is helping me to remember just how much I have forgotten and how to look at the object.DSC_9440
    • Terri
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      littlehouseontheprairie
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      • Tom
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        ebirdtgill
        Great Citizen Sciencery!
    • Penny
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      pclr77
      I wanted to try doing some shading last night while watching a movie. I was too lazy to get up to find an object and get a light, so I did this little bowl that sits on the end table next to my side of the sofa. Usually it has paper clips, some note cards, scissors, and other odds and ends in it, but my cat prefers it empty, so she had tossed everything out of it. The light source was the table lamp above it and I was looking down into the bowl. The highlights were mainly on the rim of the bowl which I didn't even come close to getting right and some on the right top side. It was fun though and after I finished I went looking for something more natural and found a seashell that I'm working on. The actual drawing is lighter, but I had to darken the copy up to scan it. Some of the image from the opposite page is showing through around the bowl making it look a bit messy.         bowldarksml
    • sondra
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      sondralynne
      51B61556-3C4E-4EAD-987A-CCC410E09848
    • Terri
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      littlehouseontheprairie
      unnamed Having time for some sketching of the last of the fall flowers.  The gentians are some of my favorite in the prairie and are one of the last to bloom before the prairie goes dormant for the winter.  I love to draw and can't wait until I retire to do this full time.  I care more about capturing the essence of the flower and less about the exactness.   More the 'art' and less of the scientific illustration.
    • Deborah
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      debg51
      IMG_9442Light from  above spreads over the many surfaces of the apple causes multiple highlights and shadows. An apple is an imperfect sphere. Challenging. This apple is a yellow and pinkish red gala.
    • laurel
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      LaurelSharp
      I gathered some autumn detritus—acorns, maple seeds, black walnuts. Such bounty! I also raided the fridge for a carrot and found an onion. Shadows are tricky! I feel like this will take a lot of practice. 5F1A4FE6-D6A6-44DE-BED9-61C36FF3DC2F
    • Peggy
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      pegs-birder
      B4DA8009-4B0F-4869-9A8D-1E0F623AC69E I did this exercise several times, trying various shading techniques.  I’ve always like stippling but it does some time and patience. Putting on some music helped and was actually relaxing. I found that put putting the objects on a white surface rather than a dark table made it easier to see the reflected light.
    • Valerie P Stevens
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      valeriepstevens
      I changed the light source for the pear and the apple.  Both had very reflective surfaces that were picking up a lot of light from the room that was lit by room lights.  This was a fun challenge, but next time I'll do it in the daylight.
    • Valerie P Stevens
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      valeriepstevens
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    • Christine
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      ChubbellCS
      The texture marks are really fun. I brought some berries inside and enjoyed giving them form and playing with the leaf textureimage
      • Heather
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        HCOhcoHCO
        Beautiful! I love how real those berries look.
      • Victor
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        victorpac
        That is just lovely, the form is perfect but the shading is so subtle. Beautifully beautifully done.
    • Heather
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      HCOhcoHCO
      3A5ED53F-317E-44EE-9635-C9880092502C I’ve clearly got a lot more practicing to do! I wish I had waited on the water color because the 3rd version of this apple was the best, but I wanted to try out the color. I think I’ll stick to pencil for a while though. Anyhow I suppose I should focus on the fact that each attempt at sketching the apple felt a bit better, and I enjoined looking at it from different angles, and seeing how the highlights and shadows shifted.
      • Heather
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        HCOhcoHCO
        403D5FC7-200E-4CB6-AB9F-AF3DB4F57006 Also, my 4 year old has a “nature shelf” that she fills with “treasures” from our explorations outside. I had no idea when I set that up for her (mostly because I was tired if finding leaves and rocks all over the house) that it I would be making use of it for evening sketching when its too dark to go outside!
    • Amanda
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      AmandaRiley
      IMG_5277 I practiced stippling because it is intimidating to me and takes lots of patience!
      • Nancy
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        NGigliotti
        Great work! 👍🏻🐚
      • Amy
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        amyand2vizslas
        I too am intimidated by the stippling. This is really good!
      • Sharla
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        SEkvall
        Really, really nice!
      • Mary Jo
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        mp2162
        Wow! Very nice!
    • Beth
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      beth
      Chiaroscuro I like using scribbles to show texture and value. I thought the egg was going to be easy, but it was actually the most challenging. Eggs have such a perfect, smooth texture and it was hard to achieve that.
      • Christine
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        ChubbellCS
        I love the egg! The scribbles are the perfect texture for the carton. Nice drawings!
      • Heather
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        HCOhcoHCO
        I took a drawing class in college a million years ago. I remember we had to draw 5 white eggs on a white background without leaving any blank space on the page. It was so hard!
      • Morgan
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        MorganClark

        @Heather When I was an art student in the early 90s my professor made a still life out of random objects that were all painted white, and we had to draw them by taking charcoal and covering the entire page with black and then erasing the "drawing" out...it was very interesting and one of my favorite exercises I did in any art class.

      • Nancy
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        NGigliotti
        Eggscellent! 🥚👍🏻
    • Donna
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      donnacnh
      This is a little more practice with lights and darks, it was done at dusk with over cast clouds so no highlights.  I wanted to capture the folding of the leaf and some of the grass around it.  I have never really intentionally gone outside to draw, so this is really new learning for me.  I finished the drawing inside since it got dark pretty quick tonight.Tgl7z9ck887nydmnjqtp6ehula3t9r4wk (2)rotated
    • Coral
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      Chirps: 10
      Coralcarmen
      20191010_153257 This was a little different from the example Liz gave us because as you can see, my highlight was near the bottom of my apple and the sun was moving, so the highlight kept moving on the apple! By the time I actually finished the sketch, the highlight was at the top!  Ugh!   This sounds exactly like something that would happen to me out in the field. I'm feeling more comfortable putting marks on the page but I'm a little worried because when I get out in the field, there will be so many more variables to deal with and not the least of which will be wind and bird movement.
    • Aimee
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      aimee_lusty
      IMG_4930 I practiced a few of the mark making techniques using the same subject to see how different styles might lend themselves to different textures. I can now see what works better in the field too for quick capturing as the processes took longer to do the more detailed they got.
    • Alicia
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      indigobunting2015
      I was surprised with the results of the first exercise (Drawing basics) - for me it was much easier to get decent results when making a continuous line than with the sketchy lines.  I won't even pollute this forum with my sad drawings! :-) But for some reason the ginkgo leaf was always OK... How did everyone else do?
      • Catherine
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        springside
        Same with me, Alicia, I also had a harder time with the sketchy lines. I need to slow down and practice these exercises some more before I move on to the next lesson. I was also surprised that I had trouble with the shadow when trying to draw an apple. My new resolution: when I want to eat an apple I have to draw it first!
      • Donna
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        donnacnh
        My single line drawings were awful but my sketchy line drawings were not too bad.  I went back and practice shading the acorn and it looks pretty cool.
      • Tom
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        ebirdtgill
        Me too, some of my single lines were better, too many strokes sometimes muddies things up. I do know from experience drawing moon craters while looking through a telescope that it gets better with repetition and also that it will take many, many times of doing something as simple as drawing an accurate oval (for the craters) that depicts what I'm looking at.
      • Lisa
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        Chirps: 13
        Lucylocket
        Same with me. My continuous lines were all better except for the acorn. I guess I'm used to drawing for my preschool students. I am definitely struggling with fill. BUT, I am enjoying it and trying to stay positive. Of course, the heavy rains have started here so I'll be drawing indoors a lot.
    • Sandy
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      SRMelton
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      • Beth
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        beth
        I love the texture and shading on this avocado!
    • Donna
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      donnacnh
      image I tried a couple of shapes, I have always found light casting hard but am working on getting it.
    • Elizabeth
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      Ek2012
      I’ll need to practice using watercolors. They’re not very forgiving! I think I’ve got the chiaroscuro concept ok though. Great practice exercises! A59E4DFB-9D94-4206-BDDB-F9C4AAFEF465
      • Donna
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        donnacnh
        Nice work Elisabeth!  I haven't taken out the colors yet, but will soon.  Here is some of my greyscale and my little squash from our garden.  Lighting for the photo isn't the best.IMG_20191009_195409
      • jeff
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        jeff_student
        That's fantastic! It looks so 3D you feel as though you could reach out and pick it up!
      • Heather
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        HCOhcoHCO
        Not gonna lie, when I first looked at that I thought it was a photo of a tomato sitting on your page. Beautiful work!
      • Christine N.
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        cnykwest
        The tomato looks as if I could pick it right up off the page. Nice.
    • Mike
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      Buffalo72
      I need a lot more guidance in this area... I don't have a lot of nature to look at, and it would help a lot if I had some examples, like the yellow warbler in the first lesson, to work on.
      • Lee Ann van Leer
        Bird Academy
        LilacRoller
        Hello Mike, My favorite place to look at bird photos and videos is eBird Explore. eBird Explore photos, sounds, videos You can search by species, location, date etc. You could also try watching wildlife cams. Cornell Lab of Ornithology has several LIVE cams and you can actually pause the video feed and even scroll back a couple hours to find something you like. Bird Cams My favorite place to watch LIVE cams is Africam Africam Explore has great full color cams. Bears, tropical reefs, birds, and more. Explore Cams These might be interesting to practice on.  I am not sure what the wildlife is like in your area but there are usually some bugs and birds to be found without going to far from your house.
      • Mike
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        Buffalo72

        @Lee Ann van Leer I checked out the first couple of suggestions, and found a lot of birds to practice on. Now I need to do some still life so I can work on dark vs light. I feel a bit better with the additional practice, but I'll be moving slowly for a while. Thanks!

      • Cassandra
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