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  • Johanna
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    Johanna23
    This is fun but very hard work of the hand, eye and brain.  I was watching a squirrel and saw so many different interesting postures. I noticed that the proportions or lengths of tail, legs and body varied greatly depending on the action.  So, when climbing a tree the body seems to shrink; the tail flick shortens the tail; holding onto a tree with legs spread makes legs seem much longer etc.
  • Johanna
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    Johanna23
    I like this banana!  It has so much energy.
  • Johanna
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    Johanna23
    This is interesting...I will try your scale as it helps to see how different techniques show lighter and darker.Thanks!
  • Johanna
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    Johanna23
    I am definitely a beginner at this!  I wonder if I should somehow draw in the general outlines first.  When I do not do that I find that I get involved in one small section and make too many marks so that, in the end it looks kind of muddy.  Also, the drawing tends to get lopsided or out of proportion. But, when I draw in the outlines it makes it hard to do highlighted edges.  Still working on the types of marks to use for different textures too. IMG_8577IMG_8576
  • Johanna
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    Johanna23
    I didn't notice lots of details at first, including the rusty stripes on the bird's breast, the white and orange moss on the branch and the way the leaves attach to the twig, the details of the birds feet etc.  Drawing is so much better at making you look.
    in reply to: Jump Right in! #738351
  • Johanna
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    Johanna23
    I began keeping a garden journal 18 years ago, when I moved to a house with a beautiful, established garden.  There was so much to see, to keep track of and to do!  There were animals and birds too and I loved chronicling it all.  Now I live in a city and I want to try a new kind of nature journal.  I hope this program will help me develop some new observational skills and learn how to illustrate some of what I see.  The journals gave me some great ideas...jump right in and start with the drawing, look for the geometric shapes, think about the palette of colors, capture an interesting moment or behavior, think about how this scene or animal or plant makes me feel, ask questions, go back and find out more about what I have seen.
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