• Barbara
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      Chirps: 2
      I have enjoyed taking this course(although it took me months to get through it). I always enjoyed drawing but am badly out of practice. This course helped me get back into it and going forward I am going to draw and sketch more frequently. I did a pencil sketch the second time around feeling it will be a good compare and contrast. In the second one I did pay more attention to detail, as well as using proportion and negative space as aids. D3B3B424-9BC9-49E0-A2F5-1F8B1F5A8C95
    • IMG_2866 It took me a year and one day to get this course completed. I think my final bird looks kind of worried, but overall has better proportions than the portly one I first drew. I used the idea of looking at negative space to get the body to be more accurate. From taking the course, I also learned to do the background all at once to start, instead of afterward and I had a lot less color bleeding that way. When I did my first painting, I didn't know about letting the layers dry and everything kind of bled together. In the second attempt, I was able to get more details on the stomach stripes and leaves, from layering and using a smaller brush. Overall, I think the second picture reflects more of the actual bird and the first one is more of the idea of the bird. I still need a lot of practice, but I did make progress! Thanks for the wonderful course.
    • Lisa
      Participant
      Chirps: 5
      I have improved a lot. I did a pencil drawing to make a better comparison. My second drawing is much better observed, with more accurate detail in the branch and the bird. Proportions and negative space are better. I have learned how to see the details and the shapes. I am really thrilled with the result. I’m a lot more confident and enjoying taking the time with my journaling. I expect I’ll improve further. 22EEBCB7-904D-407E-81A4-F803864B647E 010178D4-B63C-4E39-998B-213BA4578819
    • Bernadette
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      Chirps: 12
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      • Bernadette
        Participant
        Chirps: 12
        I feel like I have definitely come a long way since the first lesson.   Adding color was a challenge because I am still learning what to do with watercolor.  I was much happier with the wings before I added the watercolors, but I am pleased with some of the techniques I picked up.  I do like some of the things happening with the color in the branch even though I did not match the colors from the image.
    • Lisa
      Participant
      Chirps: 13
      Well the the new effort was a bit disappointing. I think I rushed things a bit. I have to remember to be sure it's DRY! The wash didn't come out well because the paper was not wet enough at the top, but came out better at the bottom--lesson learned. I practiced using a dryer brush, still an effort to get that right. With the exception of the rust feathers, the colors came out ok. I find working under yellowy incandescent lights to be difficult on a dreary grey day. Loved this class and really want to get out in the field and practice, practice, practice!Before and after yellow warblers
    • Karen
      Participant
      Chirps: 17
      I think I made a lot of use of proportion and negative space in the second drawing.  I would never have attempted watercolour before doing this course.  I would like to work on capturing the little details with watercolour. Yellow Warbler IIYellow Warbler
    • May
      Participant
      Chirps: 25
      I was so excited to look at both drawings. The recent one was more refined. The drawing techniques were fun to put into practice. I focused on negative spaces which helped to get a better drawing. I felt good about the proportions. Need to work on edges and make the bird 3D by applying layers of colors to show form and detail. I'm pleased with both drawings because it was my first time to draw and paint birds in a journal! Thank you for all the tips and tutorial that made this possible. Below are my two drawings of the Yellow Warbler. m
    • Eleanor
      Participant
      Chirps: 7
      I truly believe I applied most, if not all, the drawing techniques that I've learned in this class!  IMG_20210519_111123432I especially was aware of proportion and negative space with this drawing.  I feel very good about how far I've come in the last 10 weeks since I have never attempted to draw artistically previously-"no talent" is no excuse when you have some techniques to practice.  I want to work on developing my own style, to be effectively give the impression of the image that I want to preserve without getting bogged down in the detail, shading and dimensionality are goals, as well as being more subtle with my paint colors and values.
    • Karen
      Participant
      Chirps: 14
      I tried to better use proportion in the second drawing, although I still have to work on values. Watercolor is still a technique I'm working. Less forgiving than the pencil and eraser!
    • Karen
      Participant
      Chirps: 14
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    • Susanne
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      This course has been absolutely wonderful and I will definitely go through it again! I love the relaxed way that Liz teaches, and all of the wonderful techniques that she demonstrates. Thank you!
    • Susanne
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      Chirps: 2
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    • Sunny
      Participant
      Chirps: 6
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      • Sunny
        Participant
        Chirps: 6
        I have enjoyed this class, Liz' instruction and the lessons in general. I feel I am growing in confidence in terms of my sketching; I am still not confident with the use of watercolors and the brush we were encouraged to use. I ended up using a #1 & #2 in this painting - but I have found the watercolor brush with the water reservoir is especially convenient out in the field. In this attempt I practiced wet on dry and wet on wet for the background. I think this composition would have been stronger without the background, but I wanted to give it a try. I have appreciated seeing the beautiful results of others. I feel as if I have learned from you all. Thank you, Liz!
    • Catherine
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      Chirps: 1
      I couldn’t find my first drawing but here is my second, the fourth water color I have tried.  Still figuring things out, like how to get the black feathers in the wings.  It was fun to do, and thank you for teaching me! 1E6DC47E-A45A-4570-8C1E-91703275F15E
    • Dee
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      Chirps: 40
      I like using the watercolors and I try most of the techniques. I know I still need to work on proportion, especially when drawing animals.  Birds are really complex and the proportions and sets of wings are perplexing but I know I can get better with practice.  I like to do the birds eyes.     Here are my before and after images of the warbler , I definitely think I showed improvement. 35BB44C0-BB71-4F5E-9B79-1E93ADCDC25F
      • Kathleen
        Participant
        Chirps: 74
        I appreciate both your drawings and like your shading on the bird from the yellow to an olive green transition which I had trouble with. I like the detail in the branches regarding the moss.
    • Scott
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      Chirps: 22
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    • Kathleen
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      Chirps: 28
      Warbler Sorry, I can't find my first drawing. I'm sure, though, that I just drew the bird and branch the way I saw them. Since I am already a trained artist, there wasn't too much of a difference between the two drawings in terms of realism. I unfortunately haven't done much art at all in the last 10 years. I still can draw realistically, but I am less apt to experiment because I feel very out of practice. So, the difference in my case is that, after taking this class and starting to draw/paint again, I loosened up and started to feel more experimental again. With the warbler photo, I had fun changing the design of the branch and foliage. I liked the way the photo was more horizontal than a standard shape and decided to make my drawing in an even more elongated format - a little like an oriental drawing.
    • Gwen
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      Finally had time to pull the images together. I definitely made some progress in skills, judging shape and size, and I'm less frustrated with watercolors now than I was earlier in the course. I like the vibrant colors that I can add with watercolors. Outlining is really rough, and wet on wet seems to be only useful for backgrounds or larger areas where you don't need definition. Or maybe as a first layer then details on top. Still have a lot to learn! Drawing 1 with pencils: NJ_Class_1 Drawing 2 with watercolors (not really finished but I'm letting go of it and starting on a third with lessons learned): NJ_Class_2
    • Val
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      Chirps: 7
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    • Mary
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      Chirps: 6
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    • Florence
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      Chirps: 18
      Top photo is second sketch.  The other one my first sketch.  I think I’ve improved at least paying more attention to details and sketching what I see not what I think I see. This has been a great class as I’ve learned a lot. Now when the weather warms up and spring comes I can do field sketching.  I’ve had to do all mine indoors.
    • Florence
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      Chirps: 18
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    • LeslieAnne
      Participant
      Chirps: 13
      • F04C5B6C-1906-4719-B097-26366A6F0201AAAA708B-DBAD-4073-AD25-EFC65CCF99E5 I feel better about the earlier sketch, honestly. I still need to work on shading and all of the watercolor techniques, but overall, I am very happy with the confidence I have gained through this course to jump in and begin, without worrying so much about a final outcome, and enjoy the process and the present moments within the process.
    • Deanna
      Participant
      Chirps: 8
      I was able to apply a combination of the drawing techniques and what I think I've improved the most is the proportions. I still need to work on everything but figuring out the 3 dimensional stuff, shading and value etc. is something I think is the most difficult for me.... and the watercolours. I still haven't figured out the watercolours yet so I snapped a picture of the pencil drawing before I started painting. Painting is fun though but I need to work on that a lot more and also know when to stop. I think I need to work on everything still, including patience. C03F239B-62B4-45E2-AA79-1FC2B445733D_1_105_cimage0 copy711FEF6E-E8C4-450E-AEA2-D0188F917EBF_1_105_c
    • stella
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      I had a hard time with the streaks. Guess I needed to blend the color a little more subtly and of course be more patient and wait for things to dry better, maybe dry and dry technique for that?