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  • David
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    David Santos
    Since started this course I've been staying at home, just going out to the garden in a dense urban area. Even so, I'm doing a diary about the "true" nature I see. I'm not drawing the plants and flowers in the garden because they aren't wild. House Sparrow and Blackbirds probably don't agree with me. Some of the suggestions in the list are very good. I hope I already start doing some of them. My final words about this course are:
    • I enjoy very much.
    • I started my project and I share some pages
    • My lastest wow moment happened a couple of days ago when I saw a Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) in my backgarden an event that at least has 30 years.
    I think I improved my painting technic in the last few weeks. Although I'm starting using standard A4 (letter size) for my paintings which is kind of big to take pictures of... 96034028_1326933351030573_2485492162536407040_n95488294_700024257489954_5482599601011687424_n96153390_280650496435921_5240252820044644352_n
  • David
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    David Santos
    This is a text I wrote years ago but I think it suits well in this. I hope it does. "My first day of this year fieldwork for the Breeding Birds Atlas was a good one. I saw 35 species and around 100 individuals. I'll try to visit the places I choose not to visit last year. Methodology plays a huge role. Last year was very rainy during Spring, so I had to rush things a bit, like using the whole day length to accomplish it. Although the best hours to look for birds are the 2 hours after dawn. Even if I sleep 3 to 4 hours usually the night before!!! You need to sleep better!!! The Dawn choir still is fantastic. It's not real polyphony but a mix of counterpoint, polyphony and minimalistic music. A powerful wave that doesn't overwhelm our ears. Psycadelic sounds, Trance or House can't be compared. Birds don't like beat boxes (?) Their beat box is a drumming woodpecker."...
  • David
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    David Santos
    I think it shows progress. First drawing was a flat bird. This one is a much more rich bird. But you can say it better than I.89496232_618427572068657_3706831332232396800_n92948457_536648317037598_4505711840747061248_n
  • David
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    David Santos
    My sketches took me a lot more time then I was expecting. I was forced to draw and paint from photo, but I did both in my backyard without furniture. I sat on the floor so I can experience doing this in an unconfortable position. I noticed something i wasn't expecting: in the Northern Shoveler the speculum is more visible in the reflection than in the actual bird. I never notice that before. I'm used to ID directly from the bird but maybe I can search for "clues" or field marks elsewhere, like reflections.92052378_245506916488342_4606270502753796096_n92243853_637936526771077_4085894365409443840_n
  • David
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    David Santos
    My exercises took me time. I'm not full adjusted to the dry-on-dry with the waterbrush. I must keep doing it. At some point I used the old style brushes to finish the painting. Maybe doing it in a small scale doesn't help too. These techniques for sure will be used while I'm doing nature journaling. For more satisfing results I need practice and practice more and more to give me better results. 91270993_1289293541461365_7744153942556147712_n91210989_2524867417782296_6934456614741082112_n91138977_248823976290011_7250680990727667712_n
  • David
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    David Santos
    My references were yours sugestions. I think my palette of the bird is fairly accurate. Reserve the space for the white on the wings was the most challenging. The landscape was much more difficult to do. I see too much colours and hues that I need to expand the picture too wide, to do it well. Even so, I share some of the most common colours of the picture in the palette I created.   P.S. I noticed t91006673_244496106681810_3395864279683956736_nhat under the wing of the bird colours is diferente than the one I use for the whole belly. 91364953_930822467374170_4506741653645557760_n PPS: The colours of the pictures uploaded are different from the original one's.
  • David
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    David Santos
    All techinques were helpful. The negative space to set proportions, the stippling to shade the reed, the hatching and contour-hatching to fill the shadows, even the blending for some effect on the back and wing of the Wren. I'm happy with the final result overall.90479898_614913475729073_8944596082017435648_n90718092_228769135173899_6987483217280368640_n
  • David
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    David Santos
    Drawing from as a colection of shapes made me real look for the shapes without being concerned to proportions, or how it looks like. Because of that, to my view, getting shapes correct made me focus really hard. Such a level of brain focus made me draw a quite more accurate picture then I'm used to do. The exercise is really good. Probably I will do it more and more, as the ones of gesture drawing.90618175_626637838118460_7177957388996050944_n
  • David
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    David Santos
    Unable to go outside mainly because weather conditions, I looked up to old pictures and did the task sugested. Proportions with this technique is quite accurate, and even if is not by the milimeter, gives realism to the drawing. I tried with different objects and for me all objects are good for it, although choosing where one takes the measure can help a lot. My flower is a "starish" shape but not in a frontal view and before all I took the proportions of the petals, stem and leaves. All the drawing went from there. 90576239_669246667239467_4044502352533651456_n 90682575_230932261370713_6298164902125109248_n 90442242_2635297563264635_5150319920013115392_n
  • David
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    David Santos
    This gesture drawing makes me a bit more concern about what posture to draw. I think I need to practice more to get faster on paper, and to drop faster the subject when in move. Maybe doing more drawing without looking much at the result. In the vídeo of the foxes the rounded shapes of the puppy was a thing I noticed but couldn't put on paper. Also the shape of the ears in both animals was a point of focus but not well translated on paper. Last thing I notice was when the adult fox lay down the tail is the "same" size as the body (I know that's an illusion). I also add my drawings from the vídeo of the birds on the feeder. The titmouse was too fast for me. The woodpecker was good for drawing the doves allow me to get various sketchy intents. 89924299_883174258816200_5303922437442764800_n90513956_2521011284803812_6497343963232468992_n
  • David
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    David Santos
    I feel that this blind contour made me focus and slow down the drawing speed very much. Blind contour in a single line produced some unrealistic drawings. But without looking at the draw that much, quick glimpses, I think I was able to produce some good images. Even the main darks and lights in the draw was quite easy to do. Starting with contour blind and them make a few corrections to the draw almost without looking creates reasonable drawings. I add a picture I made in blind contour of some animals, that were "cooperative" a caterpillar, a damselfly and a Mallard duck.90020710_530348901193680_8966628864813957120_n
  • David
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    David Santos
    The idea of nature journaling is not new. I used to have some descriptive field notes but I lost track where I store them. I keep trying to discipline myself in give another go, so another type of approach to field notes is a fresh start and probably will keep me motivated to do it more often. Looking at the journals style, the I identify better is the first one (Shayna’s journaling style). Even if I don’t like too much about the boxes to write. To my view the journal has a lot of text, as a flow of mental notes put on paper, that helps to not lose information of a journey outside. The zoom of the draws is a pretty good idea I’ll probably take for my journaling style.
  • David
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    David Santos
    89941274_199360571395320_5828356459888377856_n The list of birds observed
  • David
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    David Santos
    This exercise was not too dificult to do. Focus in the subjects allow me to think more about real structure. I think I made 2 attempts before I was happy with what I saw. Using what is taught, helped me to catch the volume of the birds (at least I think so). I made a list of the birds that will be add in the reply. I don't think I missed any bird.90028727_1293887660794510_2404200345862406144_n (1)
  • David
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    David Santos
    During a walk in a enviromental educational area I came across the track of a wild boar. I assume it was a wild boar since the distribuition of the other ungulates is far, and their number is not increasing as wild boar. Giving a simple justification. Also there were signs of rooting nearby the footprints. To my surprise the dew claws were absent in every footprint, and some asymetric hoof prints were found. This break my mental pattern for the species. I took pictures of those and created an entrance in my journal. I also add a book reference to compare with what I saw. This made me ask some questions that are also visible in the picture. 89951624_623335538228612_1157158352405397504_n
  • David
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    David Santos
    P.S. Sorry for some bad spelling.
  • David
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    David Santos
    I was in my backyard garden. It's in urban area surrounded by houses, but I can see the neighbours garden's too. There's a lot a concrete in the ground but some islands for trees or flowers. Biodiversity is low in general although one can see some buterflies, some caterpillar, snails, slugs, earthworms, wild birds, pets. The feature trees are 2 Persimmon trees that atract the "wildlife". This time of the year Spring is on the move, some flowers blossomed already. Even if the Persimmon trees lack leafs, birds use them as perch site for singing. The activity of the Magpies (Pica pica) was a thing to notice and created questions to explore. Their behaviour in the tree and later on the ground caught my attencion. Another highlight was a call sound of a European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) which is unusual to ear, based in the past experiences, although they are ubiquous species in Portugal. Also the lack of European Serin (Serinus serinus) calls or songs today was a surprise because I know their nest site.89712838_658347004925841_1780687728615096320_n
  • David
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    David Santos
    Just two more... If you feel I'm pushing please feel free to delete it. Thanks 89763839_767982866943301_4367369857516175360_n89970401_928718307584088_474679257272942592_n
  • David
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    David Santos
    For the aplication of the different techniques of drawing I think I can understand it. And I tried to mix the different techniques in the same drawing. My cross-hatching is a bit rough, my lines tend to overlay on top each other not giving the subject good definition. My 3D benefit from the blending. I just really feel this very helpful. 89722667_1672852826189869_3989003296235847680_n89844176_585326548730336_5050121953654865920_n89836711_2940185822714249_1486378148378443776_n
  • David
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    David Santos
    P.S. When I draw, I search for questions and when I take some photos I'm more focused in the zoom, the focus, the light, if the framing is right. So my nature journaling changes my mind setting.
    in reply to: Jump Right in! #668068
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