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    • Bird Academy
      Bird Academy
      Bird_Academy
      Are you ready to share your before and after drawings of the yellow warbler? Which of your new drawing techniques were you able to apply? What are you feeling good about and what do you still want to work on?
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    • Linda
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      LindaWorden
      Yellow WarblerYellow Warbler 2 First drawing and then the last drawing/painting.  More detail in second.  Trying to get the right effect, I wore the paper out some.  I guess I was impatient and did not wait until paper completely dried. A lesson learned.
    • Chris
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      HeartBirds
      my warbler in Nov 2020, looks more refined to me than my simpler Nov 2019 warbler. Makes me feel I’ve learned a lot.  I used short sketch strokes, negative space, chiaroscuro, eye light reflection. Well! 2020 was good for something!!   AC2E8C62-F3B6-499D-B92D-D41AE668FDBFB0B2DDF0-28C8-43E8-8D84-C895AB8B17FD
    • Pat
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      Issaquah
      20201123_160429   20201123_160253 My apologies for not presenting these photos correctly.  It seems the best I can do right now. I have thoroughly enjoyed this class.  Thank you.                                      
    • Caroline
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      benjaminboies
      IMG_8406 I can't find the before picture..! I did it before I got my Canson sketchbook and seemed to have misplaced it. However it wasn't as good as this one. I am super proud of the result. Techniques used: pencil first, taking my time, erasing some lines prior to adding colors. Watercolor experience: better feeling of the pigment/water ratio, layering, layering and layering more to add value & depth. Beak and eye done at the end. Letting the layers dry. Using wet on wet (to my biggest surprise!), using a dry brush to clean certain elements. Feeling so good about this result.
    • Richard
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      rflora5709
      I did the new version of the drawing before I went back and looked at the original drawing. My recollection was that my first drawing was actually pretty good. However, when I went back and looked at the new drawing I couldn't believe how much I progressed. First, this was only the second time I had used watercolor and was amazed how well the colors could be controlled in spaces requiring detail. Still have miles to go but i could feel it when I was painted. Everything was proportionally better in the current drawing, angles were more accurate etc. Just much happier this time around.Yellow Warbler Original 09.08.20Yellow Warbler Water Color 11.17.20
    • Jean
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      jigoe2
      It was fun to see how I progressed.  The spatial relationship/negative space of the various parts was something I really found valuable.  Layering water colors also worked well here.  I did not put in a background but will try that another time. Still have to work on getting fine lines with the water brush.IMG_5858 (1)IMG_5857 (1)
    • Jill
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      JFeldkamp
      BF8F06FC-A988-45A9-B727-6D0F07B7FA2824325CC0-A5E8-4080-80DF-75713400BE8DThe two drawings, of course, differ. The first one in pen was done fairly quickly. It’s kind of cute but rather cartoonish. The second color one took longer. The new techniques which I worked on were keeping in mind negative space and adding color. I must keep working on proportion and learning how to use watercolor. Besides proportions, I also struggled with his wings. I think they were challenging. I most pleased with his head. I got some shading on it, and I like his eye.
    • Beverly
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      BeverlyEvans
      I tried to write with my comparison pics but could not make it work.  I just wanted to say that I loved this class.  I have learned so much.  I don't feel that the yellow warbler shows it but my sketching really has improved.  I struggled with this one for some reason.  I still am frustrated with the water color but will keep on working on it.  All the techniques given us has really helped with the sketching.  Thanks so much for offering this class.  I plan on taking a couple more form this sight. Below are my comparison warblers.
    • Beverly
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      BeverlyEvans
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    • Isabel
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      IsabelTroyo
      Warbler 2019Warbler 2020 I am very pleased with my learning process, the first bird (Oct. 2019) looks simple but  the second bird (Oct. 2020) has more details, more finished. I learned drawing skills,  how to use white when painting with watercolors and many other watercolor techniques. Thank you so much!
    • Linda
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      Chirps: 17
      LinElin
      This was a fun challenge, overall I am pleased with my progress although the wings were difficult.  I had found the autumn leaf in the yard and it was so lovely I worked on it while I waited for parts of the warbler to dry :) IMG-2127IMG-2126
    • Marydee
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      MarydeeSklar
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      • Marydee
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        MarydeeSklar
        Well, I am amazed that the painted version came out as well as it did! I really liked my second drawing and was hesitant to ruin it, as I had on two prior attempts when I tried to  do the green background with a wash. I am in awe of those who accomplished that feat. In drawing I was keenly aware of negative spaces which helped me place the bird and size it better. I used several water color techniques; a preliminary wash, layering and dry brush. While I didn't post many drawings (It has been a strange and demanding year since I did my first drawing in January.) I really enjoyed the course, spending lots of times mixing colors and impressed with  those who do it well. I certainly look at watercolor paintings with newfound respect.  I look forward now to doing more paintings since I have gotten over my fear of the medium.  Thank you everyone for your inspiring drawings and paintings.  If the smoke ever clears from Oregon, I am going out to do more nature journaling.
    • John
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      Peckalot
      Wow I never thought i would get this far. being a B&W person it has been a change, ThanksIMG_0179
    • Kimmai
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      KimmaiNunnery
      IMG_4143IMG_4142   I used gesture sketching, dry brushing, color matching and tried to look at the negative space.   I found these color combinations to be difficult as well as the beak and the eye, in both sketch and painting I dreaded those section. I like the looseness that implies the lichen on the tree bark. Not my favorite work : /
    • Jennifer
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      Jennifer63
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    • Tanis
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      tanislynn
      1st warbler sketch2nd warbler painting I have learned so much from this course in terms of drawing, painting and observing when outdoors. My use of negative space, squint tests and checking proportions have developed in my drawing. This was my first exposure to watercolours and I am becoming more confident about using different techniques and mixing colours. Initially I felt that I had to finish the picture in one setting. Once I started working on it over several days I was more able to add more detail and experiment with the brushes and colours to achieve a more detailed picture. Doing the course over several months has been a good way to watch nature changing while developing my skills to capture it.
      • Linda
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        Chirps: 17
        LinElin
        I love your painting. The way you applied the watercolor on the bird and branch is wonderful.
    • Matt
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      mgoldberg
      IMG_6533IMG_6532 I think I did a better job at capturing proportions in my first attempt, but my last attempt I was able to capture more detail accurately. I was able to use glazing to mute some of the dark colors. With a bit more patience, I was able to layer colors to be able to capture those details.
    • اليازية
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      Alyazia
      IMG_7341 I did it at last! I tried to go over my fear from watercolours by taking an online course with Ms Molly Murrah "Watercolor 101;" this explains why I'm late ^_^; I still like my first one.. but I feel satisfied with the 100% watercolour copy. Regardless of the mistakes in the painting style, this is my very first watercolour piece :) Tlb46c000471rynvh38cfusi1mj3sci0d
    • Daniel
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      sphawk74
      Still working on proportions and posture.  Painting is new for me and I am slow.
    • Beth
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      BDaleoArt
      imageI enjoyed repainting and used some of the techniques we learned. I need to get better at washes. I erased the pencil lines and that made a nice difference. My colors are punchier too...thanks to glazes!  
    • Stefania
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      Stefiex22
      Hi All, I am really pleased about the outcome, I have noticed massive improvements in the shapes, colors and the attention to details that have been improved during this course. I would like to go backward to see some videos about other techniques. I now start to get the sense of what I am drawing and how I am drawing nature. I still dislike to draw birds, I found them very complicated to draw, but I do enjoy the process about see progress and improvements. A big difference has been in use of the watercolors and how everything has changed. I am truly pleased about the course. Bird
    • Gayle
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      GPerrine
      IMG_1481 I am happy with my progress.  I am able to see proportions and negative space and feeling more confident in drawing what I see. I used color pencil for my first drawing but am now getting more comfortable with watercolor: using wet on wet and wet on dry. I still want to work on everything and plan on giving this little guy another try or two in the future.  Thank you for a wonderful and encouraging course!
    • becky
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      bmeldorf
      6306B558-4AD1-4170-A68E-4C70910DBC1D3FCAABC5-F2A1-44CA-8FA7-ED0A15BAF3FD I have had so much fun in this course I’m sorry it’s come to an end. I’m going to try my best to continue exploring nature and recording my discoveries in my journal.
    • Colleen
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      CBMac7
      30C323D4-AA4A-4322-BC28-3481D1B6AD19 I was more confident to apply watercolors to my drawing this time. I used all the various techniques in applying the colors. I also noticed that my use of perspective (measuring) in the various sizes of the branches and leaves, along with the bird is better in relation to each other & helps make the drawing realistic and 3-D. I do know that I want to continue to work on the finer details of applying color to my drawings. I need to add a finer detail brush to my supplies.
    • Erin
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      ErinVillanueva
      IMG_0719 I'm happy with the progress in my "before and after"! The proportions are much better, and I had fun playing with the watercolor. I'd like to get more practice at the different watercolor techniques to really capture differences in texture. Also looking forward to having enough practice that I can draw things more accurately the first one or two attempts, instead of destroying the tooth of my paper by erasing and redrawing so many times (the beak gave me so much trouble, heh).
    • Les
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      Lesbrandt
      This course has been fantastic. My second Warbler is definitely better although a bit hump backed, but I'm very happy with what I have learned. Proportions and drawing what I see are still two issues for me but I have made great progress and I will go back to start anew with the course.   IMG_0916
    • Linda
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      Lindabeekeeper
      warblers before and after
    • Bonny
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      OvertheRainbow
      IMG_20200531_072946 This one is much improved. I can really tell that it's more informed--details, shadows, subtleties of color. Still looks as wooden as the original, but hey, practice practice practice. This morning I woke up to the song of a yellow warbler in the bush outside my window. Coincidence?
    • adriana
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      adrisnchz
      1Screen Shot 2020-05-29 at 6.46.05 PM I spent more time in the 1st one to get as much detail as possible. This was my 1st time using watercolors and its definitely harder than what I thought. I learned so much in this amazing course and I definitely need to continue practicing and developing patience with the watercolor. The talented people posting their work here is very inspiring !
    • Giuliana
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      giulianacpferrari
      It looks like two different people made it. It's almost unbelievable - indeed it would be if I wasn't myself the person behind both the drawings - that I managed to do it in just two months. Liz wasn't kidding when she said she had taught students that knew nothing of drawing. I'm truly impressed with her work. And even knowing I still need to get better at wet-on-wet, proportions, and negative space, I'm proud of mine! WhatsApp Image 2020-05-26 at 16.48.33
      • Kathy B.
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        KBelletireArt
        Sorry, but I didn't want to tear out the original yellow warbler page from my journal so here is the recent one. I'm feeling much stronger about being able to draw the form and proportion of the bird, and I'm beginning to get the hang of the arrangement of feathers. My watercolor techniques need lots of practice!Yellow Warbler #2 KBelletire 5-28-20
    • Montana
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      mvasquezgrinnell
      Comparison between my two sketches (I chose not to use color for the second one either): - both heads still need a bit of work - my shading and line usage is SO MUCH BETTER - everything is far more proportional in general, looks more realistic - drawing with more confidence My drawing has improved so much. I've always loved art and nature, but haven't ever had anyone really break down all the art skills and strategies. I'm hoping to take some more photos of landscapes and paint those too. Really enjoyed this class and can clearly see the progress. These sketches are EXACTLY two months apart. IMG_1214IMG_1215
    • Jane
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      jirwinromo
      I held off on this exercise, partly because I didn’t want to mess up and partly because I didn’t want the course to end. I am feeling fairly comfortable with drawing, but need a lot of practice with painting. I am having trouble getting the 3D effects with watercolors. Also, I find handling the brush and paint to do finer lines is very tough for me. Need practice on getting a good background in as well. Practice, practice, practice! But this has been lots of fun and I hope to continue.1E63D33E-1E7A-42AA-A171-58CC464361FFEAD7E1B6-C614-4767-A19E-2090214C60C3
    • Suzanne
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      Suzy64
      IMG_7447My chat turned out much better than the warbler. The body shape and position is better and the coloring. I will try to get better at drawing the warbler, but at least I know I can do one fairly accurately.
    • Cheryl
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      BirderCheryl
      IMG_0394IMG_0393 There was a long gap of time from when I started the class in October and am wrapping it up in mid May. I wish I had been able to stick with it in a more concentrated way in order to really work on improving, but I've enjoyed the techniques taught and plan to continue to work on improvement. I enjoy the Koi watercolor kit a lot, which is much easier than dragging out my tubes of color and large palette. I really need to work on showing a tilt of the head towards the viewer rather than everything looking like it is in profile!
    • Deborah
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      dtfoise
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    • Carol
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      Carolbirdgirl1030
      I had not drawn any nature in 50 years, however I did draw insects at the California Academy of the Sciences in the mid sixties.  This was all brand new to me. My hardest issue is the landscapes. They all come out looking very impressionistic. You will note a big difference in my warblers.  The first one I only had colored pencils, so I had to order the watercolors. The last one took me a while to complete waiting for paint to dry.fullsizeoutput_78dfullsizeoutput_78c
    • Leah
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      lbaker90
      21 The one  on top was take 2. I think I will re-sketch it and attempt to apply watercolor, but I'm struggling with progress and need to learn more techniques.
    • amy
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      ajgwinters
      • 98758E50-0301-492E-BE2F-C5E244E787EBPleased with gains, really pleased. Feel good about proportions, layering, details, and ability to provide context/setting. Still not able to capture gesture of head partly turned toward observer. First sketch was 53 days ago (preCovid shelter-in-place), and I’ve had lots of time every day to work on exercises. Thanks for the good instructions.
    • Kathy
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      LittleSiesta
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    • S
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      twistybear
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      • Brenda
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        brendakelley19
        The painting is gorgeous! Very nice.
    • Ashlynn
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      ashlynn03
      20200424_165223 Before 20200424_165201 After I can definitely see improvement!! I'm so happy!😁
      • S
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        twistybear
        lovely!!
    • Maureen
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      MoChambird
      Photo on 4-21-20 at 7.04 PMPhoto on 4-21-20 at 7.03 PM
    • Amy
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      Pamfooh2
      Screen Shot 2020-04-20 at 3.48.50 PM I tried to put color to my drawing
    • Ken Brown
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      kenbro74
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    • Linda
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      LindaClark
      IMG_2893 First IMG_2895 last I tried to use most of my new learned techniques.  Loved layering of colors,  I spent a lot more time on the sketch itself, focusing on shapes, negative space, measuring to get proportions.  I  really struggled with the beak and eye, did not feel I got it correct.  But happy with the rest of the drawing, better depth, color and value to my picture.
    • David
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      David Santos
      I think it shows progress. First drawing was a flat bird. This one is a much more rich bird. But you can say it better than I.89496232_618427572068657_3706831332232396800_n92948457_536648317037598_4505711840747061248_n
    • Denise
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      dchaffner
      My first drawing is on the left. Current one is on the right. I see improvement in use of color and some details. What this course taught me is priceless. I learned about negative space decades ago. Now I am constantly reminding myself on taking another look for the details. I really image
    • James
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      Jim Fuehrmeyer
      IMG_1429 Certainly no LCF but I feel pretty good about my progress in the course. Three months ago I had never held a watercolor brush in my hand so anything is progress! But I am feeling better about some of the color blends I am getting and I plan to keep sketching and painting.  Thanks Liz!
    • James
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      Jim Fuehrmeyer
      IMG_1233IMG_1427-   So I did the first one (on the left) back in December. The one on the right I did just now.  There is certainly some progress.  I am going to try the watercolor next, but I do struggle with that a lot.  We shall see!
      • S
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        twistybear
        wow, big change in sketch.
    • Erin
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      Erin Eliza
      After some delay, I am working through final exercises.  I tried the reflection drawing two ways and will post the watercolor example as that was a skill I had never tried before this course. I started at "how do I hold the brush; how much water makes the watercolor 'work'?", to at least trying some levels of color match and brush control.   My second (unposted) repetition was to sketch the same photo using colored ink drawing over the pencil sketch.  In the watercolor, I was pleased that the elements of background, tree, leaves, and bird are represented well enough to be pleasant to view.   In the repeat ink-sketch, what I noticed most is that my attention to the "whole" was better than in my original sketch, where I focused only on the bird and slightly on the branch but without detail. Overall, wonderful course and experience. I hope to keep access to the course for a bit longer as I might want to review occasionally.    Thank you! warbler-watercolor
    • BJORN
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      suzukiawd13
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    • Mishelle
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      Mishe20
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    • Patricia
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      whipporwheel
      DF4ACBC1-3826-4A20-A333-256CAF0BB0FAI’m very happy with my progress.  My sketch on the left was done with colored pencils.  The one on the right was done with a pencil drawing on 130 lb. textured watercolor paper, and watercolors which I’ll tape onto a page in my mixed media Nature Journal.  I used wet on wet for the background, wet on dry for most of the bird, and dry brush on details of the bird and branches/leaves.  I’m really happy with creating a 3D feel to the bird using shades and highlights.
    • Student Birder
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      trudy10024
      Here is my new yellow warbler.  I used the three techniques of tint, tone, and shade to make the yellows and markings of the bird more nuanced.  I used the same techniques with the branch as well.  I never used white to tint before.  I used to just add lots of water which sometimes washed out the color.  Using white works very well.  I used Payne's gray to tone and a color called ivory black to shade.  I see improvements but still need to work at it.  -- TrudyYellow warbler drawing
    • sherry
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      sherlee00
      This is my second yellow warbler attempt that I used the watercolor on.  I have never used the water brush before so IAm trying to get used to it .  It was a medium brush.  Perhaps a fine would be better for details.  I used the contour lines in the drawing but when I tried the contour lines with the brush, I think my lines ran together and I wa not as pleased with the results as with the plain line drawing.  More practice!! image  
    • Brenda
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      brendakelley19
      EB3EB88F-ACCB-435F-B974-C32C94B0DAFC6F2C0A39-1F8A-405F-9F6B-83A536CEE9D5I have come a long way due to the instruction of this course. My first try looked cartoonish, while my second drawing looks more like a real bird.  I’m trying to get proportions close and shadows too.  It was a super fun class, thanks Liz!
      • S
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        twistybear
        Really great!
    • Liz
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      lizzil
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      • S
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        twistybear
        Definately did get better!
      • amy
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        ajgwinters
        Gah, totally impressed with your ability to capture the head partly turned. My efforts at that gesture failed, sigh.
    • Heidi
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      HeidiTas
      2 yellow warbler1 yellow warblerI think that I improved on the sketching and definitely caught the green light through the foliage in the background better.  Still can improve on the overall watercolour techniques.
    • Juan
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      Juan Jo
      I aplied the watercolor and the quick-draw. I still want to work with the watercolor. IMG_3956
    • Christi-June
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      christijune
      I tried to apply all drawing and coloring techniques. I have seen huge improvements and will continue to practice what I have learned and review course content. I have thoroughly enjoyed this course! IMG_20200308_221650
    • Geminis
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      geminis
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    • Maggie
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      maggiewuts
      This was a fantastic course.  The drawing techniques, proportion measuring, and color mixing were so very helpful!  Since it’s winter here and nature consisted mostly of snow and dried plant-life, I focused mostly on my drawing and watercolor skills.  I'm looking forward to spring when I can get out and really observe nature.  I can't wait to fill up my sketchbook with observations!Warbler 2Warbler 1
    • Craig
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      cmflyer
      I think the proportions were a bit off on the first sketch. It came out squashed in the vertical. Because I planned on adding watercolor to the new piece, I used a 4H pencil and kept the lines light. Still not sure if I should have gone for the best pencil drawing I could muster, then add color. For this I tried to let the color define the bird rather than the drawing. I do need a fine point paint brush, for sure, but I think it came out nice. IMG_1756IMG_1755
    • Constance
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      constancekel
      Warbler 1Warbler 2 In making the second drawing, I used negative space, proportions, shadow/depth, watercolor (mixing colors, glazing, dry on dry for detail and texture. I am pleased with the improvement in proportions and detail--I never even noticed the different layers and the arrangement of the feathers before. I still want to work on the detail if the bird. And, despite the improvement, it still looks very two-dimensional. But overall, I am really happy with my improvement.
      • S
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        twistybear
        I think there's quite a bit of good change there!
    • Kenneth
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      Ken Jinks
      Have enjoyed the processes developed during the course. In addition. I feel as though course has vastly improved my knowledge of the various techniques, which has in turn allowed me to understand my previous drawing mistakes.   I can see significant changes in both the form of the drawing and also the finished drawing. I feel a lot more confident in using colour and in mixing pen and watercolour to achieve  the required effect in the drawing. But as can be seen some work still required on achieving the 3D effect especially, but other area's too. Warbler first drawingWarbler revisited
    • Donna
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      jalexaphotography
      My before and after is right to left. It was easier to get the birds closer for the picture by laying them out backwards. I was able to apply scale/measurements. What a fantastic technique. I also applied negative space, especially between the legs.While not great, my first bird looks more cartoonish...a cute cartoon, but not proportional or close to the real thing. My second image looks more like the reference. It looks like a yellow warbler. The first one looks like a generic cartoon bird. I'm going to go back into the latest one and finish it, but thought the comparison worked now because it's a line drawing like the first one and easier to see the differences. I feel good about the sketch. I think I could go back in an increase values with confidence. I really need to work on watercolor technique. It was fun doing the washes and techniques, but when I tried to apply it to my work, I struggled with details. I IMG_6984
    • Belinda
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      beekeev
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    • Linda
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      LindaMizzell
      imageimageI enjoyed this class and would like more! I am still working on getting the colors right, but feeling confident with experimenting with the different combinations. It all requires a lot of practice. Thank you Liz for your expertise and demonstrating the act of patience.
    • Alvin
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      awhill
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    • Mary Jo
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      mp2162
      97U3sR2iT7SSIbdWycKKxw_thumb_14e7I I have really enjoyed this course.  I love seeing all of the other paintings from the group!  I admit  feeling a little timid about the watercolor process but it boils down to practice for sure!
    • Christy
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      ChristyMorrow
      I don't know if I have improved, but I have really enjoyed this class!IMG_4412IMG_4411
    • Donna
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      Chirps: 32
      donnacnh
      Day one at the top, today at the bottom, still working on getting the colors right, but more comfortable with composition and form. imageimage
    • Aimee
      Participant
      Chirps: 10
      aimee_lusty
      Past on the left, current try on the right. Learning to look at negative shapes and how different parts relate to each other was very helpful in laying down the draft sketch. I've been avoiding watercolor for 20+ years, and finally through learning techniques taught by Liz I am really enjoying it. Waiting for the paint to dry between layering and faintly erasing pencil lines before coloring were two techniques that really helped me move forward. Still need practice on proportion & color mixing. IMG_5875
    • Karen
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      JKWlingmw
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    • Elizabeth
      Participant
      Chirps: 9
      Ek2012
      6788A2B4-96CF-45DD-B7BC-795FF6E9D985A13A5F06-42B9-4898-A35A-C60539DA02E8I’m pleased with my progress and bringing it all together. Still need to work on my watercolor technique! I can see the improvement in everyone’s work.
    • Robert
      Participant
      Chirps: 8
      rdueweke
      IMG_5415 I like using wet-on-wet to give an effect. Watercolor has a "mind" of its own. At times, I use a wrong color that I intended to use and then will need to readjust my strategy. With more practice I will be able to determine how the color flows. I even have to compensate for color blindness, which can make interesting results. After doing the sketch, I attempted to create the 3-D effect with yellow by using the layering process.
    • Shirley
      Participant
      Chirps: 7
      Shirley1951
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    • Kati
      Participant
      Chirps: 12
      KatiJackson
      using the skills we learned for measuring proportions and working with negative space definitely improved my work overall. i tried much harder to make sure i was seeing the shape, and not just the object. i'm very happy with the results! beforeafter  
    • Lisa
      Participant
      Chirps: 3
      Ohiovalleyberry
      I have enjoyed this course very much. I definitely see improvement in my drawing. I need more patience with painting. Just let it dry! Thank you Liz. IMG_0178IMG_0179
    • Mary-Louise
      Participant
      Chirps: 7
      Snowy Bluebird
      IMG_1725                                   IMG_1723   I am very pleased with the improvement.  It has been years since I worked in watercolors and I love getting back to using watercolors.  I have really focused on enjoying the process and not so much the product.  I is a wonderful combination of my love fore nature and art.
    • Janice
      Participant
      Chirps: 9
      janlan
      IMG_5324The drawing on the left is a much truer representation of the yellow warbler. Instead of pencils I used water color. Though I am just learning about them, I find them exciting to use. Though I have a long way to go, I am very encouraged by what Liz has taught me. This class has been a joy and a revelation. Thank you, Liz, and Cornell.
    • Sandy
      Participant
      Chirps: 20
      SRMelton
      Techniques learned in this course, and used in creating the Yellow Warbler painting: wet on dry, wet on wet, tinting with opposite color (i.e. to create shaded areas on the yellow a little bit of purple mixed in really worked!), proportions and recognizing the negative spaces, using hatch lines to create texture and dimension. I must be leaving something out... :)
    • Sandy
      Participant
      Chirps: 20
      SRMelton
      The paint brush and I are becoming friends, thanks to the fun exercises in this course! There seems to be an early 'ugly duckling' phase (excuse the phrase), before each effort transitions into something satisfyingIMG_0041. One challenge is knowing when to stop :)
      • Leah
        Participant
        Chirps: 5
        lbaker90
        OMG. I would take your class. Stunning. I need some extension activity on using watercolor. I find it unruly!
    • Karen
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      kkjacks
      I really enjoyed this class and learned so much! Negative space, gesture drawing, proportions, tone and shade - all make such a difference. Color mixing and seeing tone and shade are areas where I'll keep working. My little yellow warbler improved quite a bit! Thank you Liz! IMG_4850
      • S
        Participant
        Chirps: 32
        twistybear
        wow...
    • Cynthia
      Participant
      Chirps: 4
      CynthiaJohnson
      30991378-63D3-496D-B8E7-C2A02C463F50I took art classes in both high school and college. However, I have learned so much more from this course.  Liz Clayton Fuller is an amazing teacher. She thoroughly gave us in-depth instructions for drawing and watercolor skills and techniques.  I especially benefited from from the lessons on adding color to my sketches. I think my biggest difficulty is being patient, and waiting for my watercolors to dry before moving to the next step.   I enjoyed all the lessons, and looked forward to working on the class assignments.  I hope to continue using all that I learned on future art projects.
      • Mary Jo
        Participant
        Chirps: 11
        mp2162
        This is so pretty!  I love the details on the warbler as well as the branch and leaves.  I agree with you about waiting for watercolors to dry in between layers.  I have learned so much from this course and have really enjoyed the process.
    • Montecito
      Participant
      Chirps: 22
      favelasco
      I liked a lot this exercise because I could practice the techniques to add color. Wet on wet, wet on dry, dry brush, wash, I liked the proportion of the bird, and I think I need to practice more about value. Here is the before and after: Tg6cd0mercdfknpvsdto4mfub9uw3wcm6 (2)
    • Christina
      Participant
      Chirps: 19
      Chris2019
      IMG_6271 Here's a little Indian Palm squirrel I just painted from a photo... Going to practice daily!
    • Christina
      Participant
      Chirps: 19
      Chris2019
      IMG_6173IMG_6269 This class made all the difference! Yellow Fellow looks dimensional. I got here by learning about the use of short, sketchy lines to rough out a shape, and using, in this example, the bird's head to estimate the size of the body. I learned to draw and paint what I see, and not what I know, or assume... The watercolor instruction has been particularly helpful. I always wanted to learn to use watercolors, and I finally understand the techniques I need: glazing, blending, dry bush, wet on dry... layering... and going over things with a wet brush to blend areas I've already painted. Still need to paint Yellow Fellow's branch and the leaves, am chickening out on the background, but did learn about applying a wash of color... Really happy with the results!
    • Julia
      Participant
      Chirps: 8
      JKelly1963
      IMG_4727I used watercolor pencils to color the bird.  I would like to go over it lightly with water to blend the colors more but I am worried I will ruin what I have done so far.  I feel as though I have inproved on my sketching skills.  This has been so much fun!
      • Christina
        Participant
        Chirps: 19
        Chris2019
        Beautiful sketch, Julia! I've always wanted to try watercolor pencils... have a set here at home, but am nervous about adding water to spoil what I've done! I totally understand! But I might try this exercise again with the pencils to see what happens...
    • Jeyda
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      Ilovefalcons
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      • Christina
        Participant
        Chirps: 19
        Chris2019
        Beautiful color work, Jeyda! And you really captured the textures of his feathers!
    • Lola
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      lola1948
      I am new to birding and live very close to Point Peele, Ontario.  I have a wonderful opportunity to view nature and birds and now I am excited and really looking forward to this course.
    • Janet
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      jemilligan
      I am really excited about this course and look forward to learning new skills. I always enjoy seeing what corners of the world other students come from and look forward to seeing what nature has to offer to people elsewhere. I live on Vancouver Island off the west coast of Canada.
    • Jude
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      laughingbear
      can I get the art supplies from you(bird academy)?
      • Lee Ann van Leer
        Bird Academy
        LilacRoller
        Hello Jude, Bird Academy doesn't sell any art supplies. You should be able to pick the supplies up at a local art store or the chains that sell Arts and Craft supplies. We don't want to officially recommend any certain stores but I'm sure if you post this question on of the the early lesson topics your fellow nature journalists can tell you where they picked up their supplies.
      • James
        Participant
        Chirps: 13
        Jim Fuehrmeyer

        @Lee Ann van Leer I got everything at Michael's - both in Naples, FL and here in South Bend, IN.

      • James
        Participant
        Chirps: 13
        Jim Fuehrmeyer
        I was able to get every item at Michael's - both in Naples, FL and here in South Bend, IN.  Have fun!
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