Learning about birds' anatomy and seeing the shapes is interesting and teaches me about birds simultaneously. I am a little impatient when drawing only geometric shapes first. I tend to take a shortcut. :-) However, seeing the shapes and understanding how they "build" the bird is helping me a lot with proportions.
I haven't been drawing since school and never used watercolour. But I have been into birding and wildlife photography for some time, learning about behaviour and letting all my senses explore my environment. And I am super happy with the progress I made even in a short time. Negative space was an eye-opener, as well as gesture drawing and the tools for measuring. To know that with short sketchy lines I can keep refining until I am happy. I am astonished how much more I see and notice now, after studying a subject for hours.
I still have to practice painting with the dry-on-dry technique and mixing the colours. I still feel I am using too much water. And I have to work on creating textures. I feel that I learned so many useful techniques and will keep practising. I absolutely loved this course. Thank you for inspiring me.