Jumping into the drawing was scary. However, once I began the sketch, I found myself seeing details in the photo that I didn't initially notice. I was so focused on the drawing that I lost track of time--a good thing. The initial outline of the Yellow Warbler and branches/leaves was relatively easy. What I found most difficult was the level of detail--deciding how much detail to include and how to show the differences in textures and colors with only a pencil. I would not have noticed some of the detail, especially in the branches and leaves if I weren't drawing the photo.
I love to be outdoors and am an avid photographer (just for fun). We recently moved to Arizona and I'm loving all the different cacti and birds. We've discovered the Hassayampa River Preserve and have been there several times. I usually just take photos but thought it would be neat to learn to nature journal, especially in that area. Initially, I plan to keep my journal simple and try to get over the intimidation of a blank page and my tendency to perfectionism. I enjoyed seeing all the journals and different approaches. I'm not sure which style I will try so may just experiment initially. I hoping to improve my observation skills which I think will also help my photography.