Looking at two different items with the intent to draw them to show their differences certainly does slow me down and fine tune my observation skills. And while I was able to basically sketch the differences in color and anatomy, I just don’t have the artistic skills to make the images more interesting and three dimensional and lifelike, so that frustrates me. The act of trying to draw each set of flowers and leaves does help imprint on my mind the differences between the two, but if I waited a while before using a key to key them out, I wonder if the drawings would be sufficient to prompt my memory about the details.
Drawing from the photo was, in a way, easier than drawing from life, as I don’t seem to be able to capture movement. On the other hand, the photo is 2-d, and my drawing seems rather flat too. I hope to be able to bring my drawings and paintings to life through this class. One thing that is particularly challenging was trying to shape the branch and give it dimension, as well as texture. The bird is smooth and has fluid flowing lines. The bark on the branch is complex, as are the lichens growing on top of it. The texture is intriguing, but I can’t figure out how to capture it (yet!)