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Old Tuesday 16th August 2011, 14:32   #1226
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2nd year herring - sublime.
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Old Tuesday 16th August 2011, 16:30   #1227
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your love of gulls just shines through here, beautiful beautiful!
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Old Tuesday 16th August 2011, 21:12   #1228
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A,ah, my prayers have been answered! I love these! For some reason there's never enough larids on BF so it's a double delight to see these beasts portrayed as well as this.Baltic Gull looks an interesting bird, indeed. I've seen 'em in Ethiopia but obviously never had the chance to study 'em. Gulls might not be everyone's cup of tea but when I see work as strong as this, filling up a full sheet, too, I want to rush out and sketch 'em. For me this group of birds have inspired some breath-taking art. Look at Martin Elliot's plates in The Handbook of Bird Identification - in my opinion the finest ever illustrations in any bird book.

Sketching Lbbg's the other week and even though they modelled themselves superbly well for me I still find drawing the head, eye and bill in proportion a real challenge. Now, which winter birding destination will provide me with some big boys? (!)

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Old Wednesday 17th August 2011, 01:59   #1229
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Fabulous job on the gulls, Alan! Great detail work on the head.
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WOW, your gull sketches are absolutely fantastic. If i ever come close to this kind of field sketching i'll be very, very happy
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Old Friday 19th August 2011, 02:43   #1231
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Am in love with these sketches Mr. Dalton! Just what it is all about!

You observe, record, and pimp beauty back into the World, from Nature's very own Cartel. With "wraps" like these, I would surely, soon, become a dependent addict...

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Old Sunday 21st August 2011, 13:12   #1232
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Particularly like the 2nd Calender Agrentatus Herring out of a very enjoyable collection.
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Old Wednesday 31st August 2011, 17:40   #1233
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Eiders from Vaxholm yesterday, all juveniles, which are everywhere right now and rather confiding..

A single page of Hobby from this morning, had a super time watching for raptors, account now on the blog. Not done these justice at all, rather hard to get these wonderful birds right in flight.
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love the flight sketches, and some day hope to see some eiders, I love the shapes
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Fab - the third page study is full of grace and focused energy. It's a beautiful, beautiful drawing. Hobby looks smart, too.
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Nice group of sketches - good variety of poses captured!
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Fab - the third page study is full of grace and focused energy. It's a beautiful, beautiful drawing. Hobby looks smart, too.
I'm with Tim on that third page. Always a pleasure to see. The only eiders have been so far off that even with a scope all I could see were little blobs.
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Eiders from Vaxholm yesterday, all juveniles, which are everywhere right now and rather confiding..

A single page of Hobby from this morning, had a super time watching for raptors, account now on the blog. Not done these justice at all, rather hard to get these wonderful birds right in flight.
lovely stuff- the most firmly drawn of the three Hobbies looks absolutely bang-on: baffling how sometimes they look like sicklewinged assassins, other times compact and neat like this
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I've had nothing more than a couple of quick glimpses of hobbies this year, I guess I've been in the wrong place! I love these flight sketches, they're bang on the money!

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Old Saturday 3rd September 2011, 11:37   #1240
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Great stuff, Alan. I love the Hobby sketches; you've captured these as near as damn it. I can identify with the eiders even more. The raptor is a species I seldom see at home , let alone have the oppo to sketch. In China I see 'em every day but on tour, of course, it's a definite no no!
Eiders are lovely studies, especially the preeners. Never sketched these and no doubt peculiar head and bill profile would prove to be very testing!

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Old Saturday 3rd September 2011, 23:37   #1241
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Hi Alan, I have been enjoying your drawings, last night I went through the whole thread and it was time well spent. Your drawings are wonderful, as good as I have ever seen. I love how the eyes that you draw look wet and then the expressive way the rest of the bird is finished. It has started me to think about how I apply paint and how interesting it would be to blend two different ways of painting into one work. Thank you for sharing your art, I'll be looking forward to your new posts. JR
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Hi Alan, I have been enjoying your drawings, last night I went through the whole thread and it was time well spent. Your drawings are wonderful, as good as I have ever seen. I love how the eyes that you draw look wet and then the expressive way the rest of the bird is finished. It has started me to think about how I apply paint and how interesting it would be to blend two different ways of painting into one work. Thank you for sharing your art, I'll be looking forward to your new posts. JR
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Old Tuesday 6th September 2011, 06:43   #1243
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eiders are great studies, buoyant and moving - I still can't get my head round their proportions at all when I see them, these sketches go a long way in explaining them.
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Hi Alan, I have been enjoying your drawings, last night I went through the whole thread and it was time well spent. Your drawings are wonderful, as good as I have ever seen. I love how the eyes that you draw look wet and then the expressive way the rest of the bird is finished. It has started me to think about how I apply paint and how interesting it would be to blend two different ways of painting into one work. Thank you for sharing your art, I'll be looking forward to your new posts. JR
Glad you enjoyed them John, many thanks for the kind words...
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eiders are great studies, buoyant and moving - I still can't get my head round their proportions at all when I see them, these sketches go a long way in explaining them.
Welcome back Nick, nice to have you back on board again..
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Absolutely superb Mr. Dalton!
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Been spending a lot of time on large gulls at a site very close to our apartment of late, as has benn the case betwenn July-September in the last three years, where I have been studying large gulls closely. The three large species regular there are Argentatus Herring Gull, Baltic Lesser Black-backed Gull and Great Black-backed Gull. I now feel I have a solid grasp of the plumage, moult and variation in these birds, finally. Spent the day sketching them yesterday, concentrating on Baltic Gull 1st calenders, which are stunning birds at times..the first drawing is of one of those birds, a plale phase type with exceptionally dark upperparts. The last one is a carefully drawn copy of the fieldsketch done at home last night of another well marked pale type. Whilst I do like the drawing done at home, I think there is so much more life in the field drawing..
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Here a Greater black-backed Gull which has been about for several weeks and is now coming to handouts of food, as well as a 3rd Calender Argetatus Herring Gull and a 2nd calender done in black ballpoint biro. All these drawing are largish, done on A3 drawing pad with nice heavy paper and a HB pecil,sharpened frequently...images can be double clicked for view in detail. Very happy with the days results, all will make excellent references.
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Very happy with the days results, all will make excellent references.
I'd be happy with these for a month's results, or maybe a year's. What a pleasure to look at just as drawings. Their reference value makes them even more striking. I can see why you're happy with them!
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