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).
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!
1. I have some experience in drawing from photos, so that helped give me some confidence. I tried to not get too caught up in the details, but since I’m new to birding, I realized that I’m not quite sure which details are important to capture precisely and which ones I can ‘fudge’ a bit.
2. However, drawing helps me notice the details in the first place, which will hopefully help me learn over time what makes each bird unique!