• Ruth
      Participant
      Chirps: 18
      As a photo, I would notice the details only in broad strokes...yellow bird, green leaves, stick. Drawing it caused me to take note of many details about the bird, the shape of and the light on the leaves, shape of the branch, the lichen and the moss on the stick...even though not detailed in my drawing.
    • Ruth
      Participant
      Chirps: 18
      cornell yellow warbler 1
      • Leonora
        Participant
        Chirps: 29
        Yours is my favorite drawing of the Yellow Warbler. I like the way you were able to create dimension on the bird by showing us the tip of its left wing. And on the branches and leaves with shading and leaf positioning. I’ll keep following your drawings, because I know good things are coming!
    • cynthia
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      Oh boy. For me this was challenging even capturing the larger gestures and my poor warbler looks like a zombie. I haven't worked with watercolors much at all so I opted out. But I can see that spending a little more time with the context will help. It's very "sketchy" and like one of the other students I always start lightly in pencil but often fail to go in and darken where it needs darkening. I also need to spend more time when I can. I get frustrated when my proportions and relationships seem off - sometimes its a matter of playing with that lineweight a bit. I was fascinated by how the warbler's feet gripped the branch and could study the foot - thank goodness it was a photo!yellow warbler
    • Tracy
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      Drawing was, interestingly, the easy part. I just completed a beginning drawing two-day class at my local arts non-profit's studio,  so I rendered it first in graphite. However, using watercolors never, it was another interesting process capturing the details of what I had drawn from the photo. This presketch/watercolor is not finished, obviously, but now I definitely know exactly what I don't know. It was all sort of meditative and  I am very much looking forward to the rest of this course during which I anticipate learning techniques that advance me from an aspiring Audubon or RTPeterson wannabe to a status closer to apprentice. yellow warbler
    • Marjolaine
      Participant
      Chirps: 8
      For me, the easiest part was to respect the proportions, I thought it would have been more difficult. The biggest challenge was the wing with all the thin lines. To represent the different textures in the feathers is not easy. I noticed so many details during the process! For exemple how the wing is built in layers and the very subtle circle around the eye. After completing my first drawing, which took me long, I tried to do it a second time now sketching it in two minutes or so. 9A406D3C-B006-4EC3-A3B5-D8B652CF3846 F9079ED5-C7B6-4DE8-B758-977CE54F46F0
    • Laura
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      Chirps: 1
      Hello Liz, here is my drawing. I really liked the picture of this cute bird and enjoyed drawing it. I don't know how to render the shades and the form of the feathers, and I would like to learn how to go from a simple sketch to an actual drawing. Thank you for your nice videos. IMG_4014
      • Shir
        Participant
        Chirps: 29
        Laura, I like your bird's stance and the glint in the eye. Nicely done. Enjoy the class and take your time and savor each activity. That is what I am doing...I want it to last forever so I take time to practice and do many examples for each lesson before moving forward as the class is self-paced. Just wanted to take a moment to welcome and encourage you as you move fwd through the class. Happy Nature Journaling and Field Sketching through your days.
    • Christa
      Participant
      Chirps: 3
      Off and running!  So glad to finally be putting pencil to paper and giving this a try.  I liked sketching with a still photo so I could take my time and really focus on trying to get the proportions right - still have some work to do on that, but not horrified by my first effort.  The heavy paper and graphite pencil were so easy to work with.  I think I'm going to like this!WIN_20200421_17_43_01_Pro
    • adriana
      Participant
      Chirps: 13
      assignment 1 Yellow Warbler
      • adriana
        Participant
        Chirps: 13
        The hardest part of drawing is getting the proportions  and scales correct. I struggled with the wings and the main branch of the tree.
    • Jennifer
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      Drawing from the photo gave me time to notice details and attempt to get them in my drawing.  I do wonder about working with live subjects!  Plants will stay put, mostly, but light will change.  Critters, if I ask kindly, will they stay put just a little longer?  Guess not...  It seems that for now, if I want to really capture details, I may need to work from photos.  Getting the drawing down with pencil was easier than I thought it would be.  Paying attention to the detail in the bird was easy.  I loved the close observation work.  I think I wouldn't have noticed the close details in the plant if I were focusing on the bird while working outside.  And if working outside, I don't think I would have as much detail in the bird.  I'd have been making text notes to come back to fill in details in the drawing later. Thank you for sharing your photos and comments.  We do learn more when we share our experiences.Yellow Warbler
    • Bonnie
      Participant
      Chirps: 3
      I'll try to insert the image later - I haven't been able to download the image from my phone. I liked drawing from a photo - it didn't move, unlike birds.  You could look back at the image and see something new almost every time I looked.  Getting the proportions right was really tough for me and I tend to draw lightly with a pencil first and (after lots of fiddling around) got to a place that seemed pretty good.  I didn't think anything came easily.  I added the branches and leaves as an afterthought - which helped. I didn't notice that the bird had cocked its head until I read someone else had discovered it - that was brilliant.  I probably wouldn't have noticed the amount of non-yellow in the Yellow Warbler if I hadn't been trying to draw it.  The difference that journaling will probably make is I will learn how to identify which details are important.  I wonder if it is possible to find important details to include and still draw more freely.  I already learned that I enjoy playing with color and tend to spend a lot of time looking at detail.
    • Danny
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      I definitely struggled with drawing this photo. I am not great at drawing period, and with my kids around I really struggled to pit in the time I wanted to. However, my drawing was better than I it would be, so I am proud of myself in that sense. I think something I really noticed was the wing patterns, or any patterns in general are a huge benefit when you are drawing.
    • Debra
      Participant
      Chirps: 16
      I loved trying to draw the warbler. I like using a photo as a reference. But I am most used to color pencils and was trying to use watercolor pencils for this one, since I thought maybe that's what would be used in the field. I noticed that the bird wasn't really looking sideways, he is somewhat looking toward us and I couldn't capture that. I noticed the black and yellow alternations in his wing feathers and that the steaks on his chest have some redness to them and are uneven.IMG_3361 (1).
    • Jean
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      I have a bit of a mental block about sketching, so this course will help me with that.  I'm think I'm most interested in sketching plants, so it's great that the first project was NOT plants, but something that is likely harder, i.e. this bird.  I do love bird watching!  This was fun.Screen Shot 2020-04-18 at 2.09.46 PM
    • Lynne
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      First I tried watercolor but found it difficult to get fine detail. So I then drew with graphite. It will be interesting to compare before course/ after course drawings!imageimage
      • Ruth
        Participant
        Chirps: 18
        LOVE the watercolor!
    • Julian
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      Drawing from a photo makes it easy to check proportions, but I still didn't get her all on the page. Missed off half her tail. Noticed that feathers tend to follow the shape of the body and that there are fare more tones in the bill than I thought. Starting doors make you look, especially when the drawing doesn't look right, and you try to figure out why.
    • Julian
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      Chirps: 2
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    • Lisa
      Participant
      Chirps: 3
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    • Lisa
      Participant
      Chirps: 3
      I enjoyed the opportunity to truly study the bird with depth, but I found it challenging to capture all that I wanted to in especially in terms of proportion and perspective. However, drawing enabled me to see all the variations in color and the exquisite detail of its feathers and the different sections of feathers that I may have overlooked if I was just looking at a photo. I could see how drawing what I see will make me a more keen observer.
    • Kelly
      Participant
      Chirps: 5
      IMG_1045 2 I'm glad the course has us dive in right away and get to drawing.  I couldn't quite get the tilt of the bird's head but I like drawing from photos and focused hard on not being too precious with it.  I don't think I would have noticed the difference in the wing feathers as much.  I also never noticed how much black striping there is on the wings, despite having photographed Yellow Warblers several times before.
    • Stefania
      Participant
      Chirps: 19
      1. I did like drawing the leaves first and the bird afterwards. It came easily, the body of the bird was challenging to get the right measures. In addition, I found my bird is smaller than yours. 2. I did not notice a piece of wood, when I made the photo bigger, i have noticed it. I believe it depends on the time and experience. I wanted to draw nice leaves, but they are not nice for me. I guess I do not have a technique yet, but it will come. I have added the information on the previous page about the day, time and weather conditions. I did not want to color it because I am too curious to see another video tonight. bird
    • Christine
      Participant
      Chirps: 7
      Apprehensive to start but then found it absorbing and enjoyable. What was easy was that the image was static, fixed, and thus there was no pressure of time or memory. The difficulty comes with selecting what is important to include or emphasize and what can be omitted ... I would omit detail in the surroundings of the bird, unless they were important data. I find it hard to get the proportions and shapes to come out right. I hope the course will help me with this skill. And the shading due to the play of light is a challenge, not so much in this exercise as the light is directly behind the observer and so the bird is fully illuminated, but often, that is not the case. 1BDEB59C-485C-4AA1-A351-664B302AD575
    • Amie
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      Chirps: 7
      I always draw from a reference photo so there is no change there for me. I usually draw either flowers, butterflies, or comic book characters so the bird itself was something new.  I gave myself an hour time limit because I know that in nature I won't have unlimited time with subject.   So, leaving it as a sketch instead of a finished drawing was in itself a challenge for me. If I had taken a photo of the bird instead of taking the time to draw it I would not have noticed that the lower beak seems thicker than the upper half of the beak. 20200415_140057
    • Val
      Participant
      Chirps: 7
      I enjoyed drawing the yellow warbler and was able to observe some of the finer details such as the red streaks on the breast and the veins on the leaves . Also , challenging to get the right angle of the branches and perspective of the bird in relationship . 049FE978-0914-42A9-A4E5-21138C328E0E
    • Gail
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      The drawing forces you to really look at the details.  I tried to get the correct scale.  My drawing is probably too detailed for journalling, but I enjoyed doing it.  The bird was challenging but you do see the beauty in the bird's feathers.   It is interesting to see how the feet are gripping the branch.   2020.04.14 Yellow Warbler Drawing
      • adriana
        Participant
        Chirps: 13
        Your drawing is so beautiful !
    • Connie
      Participant
      Chirps: 4
      Rendering in pencil reminds me to be sure to note the colors of the features. A fun and challenging exercise! Anxious to try watercolor. Scrolling down I realized I will need to go back and include the branch and leaves like the others students.image
      • Shir
        Participant
        Chirps: 29
        Connie, I think you are okay. The directive said to sketch this bird with no directions and that you will be asked to sketch it again at the end of the course using the techniques and skills you have acquired during the course. I like your sketch. I think everyone is on varying levels of skills. I understand your thoughts as was doing some thinking myself as to whether I needed to even be in this class judging by the expertise of others. Then I thought it is okay....I am here to learn at my own rate. Just have fun and enjoy each step of the way. You really captured the glint in its eye.