I’m so rusty with drawing that I felt a little intimidated. 1. I feel like my proportions are off with the bird. It will be interesting to see if there are improvements over the course of time. Drawing from a photo is a bit easier for things like birds and animals since they are captured in the moment, and for seeing some detail. The challenge is the lighting made it a little difficult to see the detail of leaves on the tree, but I also just roughed those in. 2. I probably wouldn’t have noticed the nuanced coloring on the head and wings. 3. Making notations of those differences and nuances might trigger my memory when doing field sketches.
What inspired me to begin nature journaling is to both observe things more closely as well as improve my rendering skills. As with handwriting notes, drawing is a great way to reinforce learning so I think that’s what I’m excited about.
It’s hard to pick one style of journaling, but I like the idea of notations that go along with the sketches.