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Old Wednesday 26th May 2010, 04:12   #101
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Love the recent work Russ, seems like something new in your style is coming on...how about a spot of color in them, even if just in the background
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Old Wednesday 26th May 2010, 09:01   #102
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Cor! What fab birds and fab sketches. The upside down sand plover's an absolute joy and the ibises too! You have a real talent for capturing the solidity of a bird giving weight to its reality rather than simple outlines.

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Old Wednesday 26th May 2010, 11:28   #103
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Cheers, Phil, Liam, Tim and User, your comments are most humbling! Seriously, I've been trying a more looser, sketchier style ( Mr Derry to blame for this!) The limited time I had to get stuff down whilst away may have actually helped. It certainly has with some passerines I managed. No time to fart around!
Another wader with X factor appeal is Little Whimbrel - occasionally seen passing over at height, but hardly ever down close on the deck. This bird performed amazingly well on the Jinshan Field (hallowed ground, this, with historic imperial connections, so drive a JCB on here and it's the firing squad!)
I had difficulty concentrating on this, such was the magntude of the occasion!

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Ps - Mark was in rude health, mate. No worries.

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Nailed that one Russ! Here to compare these exquisite sketches with the bird in question..... Lovely!

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Old Wednesday 26th May 2010, 20:56   #104
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Thanks for the comments, guys.
Well, after feasting your eyes on that video, perhaps it's time for more wooden waders - only joking! You're right Colleen, I'm trying to adopt a more quicker, looser and simpler style which, unless you have a photographic memory, (I thought I had at one point, but not now) seems the way to go. Yes, Phil's (and Lar's) adage of 'putting down what you see, not what you know' will now be my mantra.
Before the hard stuff comes, here's Far -Eastern Curlew ( the bill's that long, honestly) and Great Knots (what shapes!). Also stonking adult summer Saunder's Gull. The Colonel of KFC puts his name to what has become one of the world's rarest gulls. A bird that would warrant atrip here on its own.

Cheers

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Ps - when's someone gonna sit me down, put a bib around my neck and say brush in right, water over there and paint here?
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Old Thursday 27th May 2010, 02:27   #105
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I always told "amazing lies" to my kids to get them to check everything. Now they are grown and stuff? I regret it. Because they catch me out all the time with their revenge.
Well, who can blame them? And, I FALL for it EVERY time!
I just wanted them to NEVER TRUST ANYTHING ON FACE VALUE.
But to check it all out for themselves. Understand it on all levels, and know it was safe to take it on board. As truth.

This is why I love your stuff Russ!

You draw what you see.


GoldDust!

It really IS the closest thing to Lars I have. And I love his work so much.

What does that say about what you do?

The colour can wait.


If you're ever down this way. I'll show you how to get over your reticence very quickly.

Just remember the photocopy idea?

Spoil as many as you like!

But, If you are not confident enough to do this yet?

Hang fire!

Nobody should force your hand!

When you are ready, you will be ready!

These wonders are enough for us all!

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Old Thursday 27th May 2010, 06:20   #106
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Thanks for the comments, guys.
Well, after feasting your eyes on that video, perhaps it's time for more wooden waders - only joking! You're right Colleen, I'm trying to adopt a more quicker, looser and simpler style which, unless you have a photographic memory, (I thought I had at one point, but not now) seems the way to go. Yes, Phil's (and Lar's) adage of 'putting down what you see, not what you know' will now be my mantra.
Before the hard stuff comes, here's Far -Eastern Curlew ( the bill's that long, honestly) and Great Knots (what shapes!). Also stonking adult summer Saunder's Gull. The Colonel of KFC puts his name to what has become one of the world's rarest gulls. A bird that would warrant atrip here on its own.

Cheers

More to come

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Hi Russ

When I saw these sketches I had an extraordinary sense of deja vu! They reminded me so much of sketches I made 25 years ago that I had to go dig them up and stick them alongside yours - not for comparison - but to show you how amazingly similar they are!

Thanks for bringing back great memories of Beidaihe in 1985!

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Uncanny!!!
Brilliant work - all round.
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Old Thursday 27th May 2010, 11:31   #108
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Just goes to show how sketches can really capture the essence of a bird!

Excellent stuff guys.

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Old Thursday 27th May 2010, 21:37   #109
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Beidaihe 1985 - astonishing!
Well Dave, as you know things have changed somewhat out there. Part of it's unrecognizeable from when I first went in 2005, from what I hear it's totally transformed from 1995, so in '85 it must have been like another planet!
Now I know you're behind Dig Deep ( how apt, considering the chinese fixation with digging holes!) perhaps you'd care to check out a few wader sketches from Thailand in Jan, they'e on another thread. Anyway, I love the annotated paintings.
Thanks again for your inspirational comments, guys. Phil, If you're really comparing me to LJ then I've no complaints! Some more especially for you, sir!

Shrikes are my fave passerines 'cos they do sit about a bit. Here's Brown (very common migrant) sketched on Happy Island, followed by a stuning male Tiger Shrike. I see a bit of Lars in these...ah, ah I wish!

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Old Thursday 27th May 2010, 21:41   #110
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Male Tiger Shrike, found among huge influx of Brown Shrikes, and taking refuge in the Friendship Hotel from.......Sibe Thrushes!
Oriental scops in the aptly named Magic Wood darn sarth.

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My scanner is slowly on the way out. It's making a noise like the teleporters on 'The Fly'. A quick death from my study window it is sadly facing!

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Old Friday 28th May 2010, 01:51   #112
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Russ,

Visceral! Full bodied representations!

I probably will never see these birds.

But, through you, I understand them.

In that way way you have impacted their joy on us all.

Thank you for doing that!

PS New scanner time!!!

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Beidaihe 1985 - astonishing!
Well Dave, as you know things have changed somewhat out there. Part of it's unrecognizeable from when I first went in 2005, from what I hear it's totally transformed from 1995, so in '85 it must have been like another planet!
Now I know you're behind Dig Deep ( how apt, considering the chinese fixation with digging holes!) perhaps you'd care to check out a few wader sketches from Thailand in Jan, they'e on another thread. Anyway, I love the annotated paintings.
Thanks again for your inspirational comments, guys. Phil, If you're really comparing me to LJ then I've no complaints! Some more especially for you, sir!

Shrikes are my fave passerines 'cos they do sit about a bit. Here's Brown (very common migrant) sketched on Happy Island, followed by a stuning male Tiger Shrike. I see a bit of Lars in these...ah, ah I wish!

More to come

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Hi Russ

I've been keeping a regular 'check' on your evocative sketches - like many I suspect - I'm a bit of a lurker on this forum - oft inspired but seldom contributing!

As for Beidaihe - it's one of a growing list of venues that I'm afraid to revisit - prefer to remember them the way they were! More from memory lane - Beidaihe 1985 - here!

So they're still digging eh? Wonder if they've found what they're looking for yet?!!

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As for Beidaihe - it's one of a growing list of venues that I'm afraid to revisit - prefer to remember them the way they were! More from memory lane - Beidaihe 1985 - here!
You should be rightly proud of your work as one of the original 'commitment's', wish I'd seen it then but both Russ and I will understand the above. I see Martin every now and again, the changes are perhaps beyond comprehension!

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LOL, not as far as we're aware ehh Russ?

Some evocative sketching once again Russ, but how often did I say 'wanna borrow a brush"

Each to their own, a great style developing!
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[quote=phil baber;1831610]Well brilliant!

I'll lend you some colours, to finish the job Russ![/QUOTE


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Chats, chats, chats rather than chavs ( this was China, not Barnsley ). A selection quickly sketched when the oppo presented itself, some lager than life, literally - quick sweeping strokes with one eye in the scope quickly joining the other on the pad (or something like that), so very unfussy, which seems to work! A detailed approach this is not!

Bluethroat in the middle of Beijing

Red-flanked Bluetail in the Friendship Hotel

Singing Daurian Redstart at Zu Shan - if time would have allowed I'd have tried the open-bill bit. I have to admit such a bird does need colour - a criminal representation, really, particularly with stunning blue sky behind. It'a all good fun.

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Lovely drawings Russ, especially those last ones.
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I've just fallen in love with a Bluetail!

Was I the only one to notice you've started using colour????!!!!!

I had 147 PMs suggesting we call you "Smudger..."

Blimey Russ! These are so brilliant! The RFB is so endearing and alive! (That's the one I'm drawn to because of its lovely eyes!) But the rest are textbook examples of "sketchbook wonderment!"

I think the Chinese want to teach you something about adding colour!

In the meantime, I'll be focusing on that little BLUE tail!

You've got great talent!
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color what color, am I blind? I do see some fab sketches tho
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Thankyou as ever for your humbling comments, people. Phil, you did , indeed, see colour my man. I chucked a dark blue coloured pencil in my bag in case I chanced upoon a much desired bird - male Blue and White Flycatcher (Colleen, think Black-throated Blue Warbler but shaped as a flycatcher!) Again, I dipped on 'em, so the excercise wasn't entirely wasted. After sketching this gem, I learned of a male nearby! Talk about losing a tenner and finding a quid!

Weird selection here: Wryneck pretending to be a branch and Greenshank down one of those Chinese holes. A rapid sketch to charm our Chinese guide - in foreign lands it has to be action, not words!

To quote Darrell Clegg, Cornwall recorder and all round top lad ' god made all birds in one go, and then he made pipits and wagtails' or something like that.

In tribute, here's Forest Wag ( magical creatures - the head remains still while the body shakes!) and stonking male Citrine Wag (Prothonatary warbler-yellow, Colleen!) Such a striking bird had us scratching our heads re race, but I reckon it has to be very worn 'citreola' male. I've put this in especially for Mr. Andrews who says monochrome is unacceptable for such a bird! He's right, but you have to do what you can with the tools at hand!

More to come

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Citrine Citrine ..... that means yellow right? wheres the yellow Russ? you can always add a bit now you know....

super sketches....
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The citrine wag does look like a stonking bird, you've captured what I see as the inherent 'smoothness' of waggies perfectly.

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