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Old Tuesday 25th May 2010, 22:10   #1
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Sketches from Andrew Ellis

Hi everyone , somewhat embarrassed by my lack of posting so i will endeavour to put this right and start a new thread . My old ones are so..... old that they wouldn't let me re-start them. Anyhow here goes, These are from a day trip I had out with a friend on Exminster Marshes. We went there especially to look for Hobbies , but to be honest i was just glad to be out birding again! The Full account can be found on my Blog.

Enjoy Andy
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Old Tuesday 25th May 2010, 22:14   #2
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Old Tuesday 25th May 2010, 22:15   #3
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Hi everyone , somewhat embarrassed by my lack of posting so i will endeavour to put this right and start a new thread . My old ones are so..... old that they wouldn't let me re-start them. Anyhow here goes, These are from a day trip I had out with a friend on Exminster Marshes. We went there especially to look for Hobbies , but to be honest i was just glad to be out birding again! The Full account can be found on my Blog.

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what a treat- just been enjoying that stalling bird with legs out, at bottom of the Hobby pic 4- fantastic
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Old Tuesday 25th May 2010, 22:21   #4
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absolutely stunning work andy,i too loved the images on page 4,the shapes and angles youve captured here are so dynamic and the page of warblers is just wonderful.just fantastic fieldwork of the highest order!
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Cor! (that's an exclaimation not seen every day) - what an absolutely satiating feast for the eyes, mate!!! Besides the incredible level of skill in the drafting department, there's the delight and wonderment of gazing on images which are made by a guy who is absolutely in tune with his birds - knowledge, insight, talent and creativity . . . all that's lacking is MORE REGULAR POSTS!!!
Great to see you back Andy - keep the thrill levels up.
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Old Tuesday 25th May 2010, 23:10   #6
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Oh boy.....no way could i not comment on these superb sketches..!!!

As a self confessed hobby fanatic...all i can say is 'wow'...absolutely brilliant...!!

ps...love that little cetti's sketch too...really wacky...!

pps...please post a lot more stuff....

ppps...especially hobbies......
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Thanks Guy's ....... Oh and sorry Tim , I will try harder Could not help myself with Hobbies They are just the best!!
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Cor! (that's an exclaimation not seen every day) - what an absolutely satiating feast for the eyes, mate!!! Besides the incredible level of skill in the drafting department, there's the delight and wonderment of gazing on images which are made by a guy who is absolutely in tune with his birds - knowledge, insight, talent and creativity . . . all that's lacking is MORE REGULAR POSTS!!!
Great to see you back Andy - keep the thrill levels up.
Tim says it eloquently as usual. I'd just add that I didn't expect to find anything I liked more than the flight sketches. Then I saw the warblers!
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Andrew,

I am in shock over these!

That's "off-road!" sketching at its very best!

OMG! You have a certain brilliance in your work don't you?!

I LOVE it to bits!

Where the Hobby snips off the D.Fly wings??? Crikey!

All of this is BRILLIANCE!

I am IN AWE!!!! You are a veritable genius!

Absolutely a Master of your Game! Fan-bloody-Tastic!

Please KEEP POSTING YOUR AMAZING PIECES!!!!!!

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OMG Andy how do you DO that! simply awestruck ! can't find my favorite, just gobsmacked I think you guys say...
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I can't stop looking at those hobby sketches and marveling at the way you've caught them so superbly....[i want those sketches on my wall]....!!!!

Man they are good......
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Gobsmacking as always! The twisty turny nature of the hobbies right there on the paper in front of us. Tim's right; Post more!

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Thanks Guy's for your wonderful comments . Just what i needed to encourage me back into the field. Mike, thanks for the comment on the blog , Have linked to yours by the way can't understand why I haven't until now. Congrats on your award!!
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Old Wednesday 26th May 2010, 21:13   #14
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Andy,
This is the first time Ive seen any of your work, and I'm blown away by it, particularly the way you've caught the flight postures. These are some of the best I've had the pleasure to see; awesome!
I'll check out your blog, now!

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Thought I'd share with you some of the sketches that I put sporadically through my Diaries of flying my Falcons. Some do show a falconry situation so bare with me on that. But For me its all about what I see when I am out in the field, Flying.
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fantastic stuff andrew...I mostly see your work on the falconry forum, so its nice to have you here , please keep posting, I will be down in your neck of the woods tomorrow, hope-fully a week of good birding...mark...
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Hi Andy,
Your superbly rendered flight sketches are really inspirational. As I'm a relative newcomer to bird art I've bothered everyone one here re materials and techniques etc. Are you using a particular pencil and paper? Also are the flight sketches made using bins, scope or both? I assume its taken years of practice to achieve this level of drawing, but would you know if the technique of blinking and 'burning' the image of the bird on the retina is of any use for nailing flying birds? I guess it's pure observation otherwise.

Apologies for the interrogation, but this is fantastic stuff.


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each and every one of these images is superb andy but with the flight sketchs the observation and your obvious knowledge shine through!.a real joy to look at!
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Unadulterated magic - simply uplifting to see. (Looks like Megan's on the right path now mate! - well done with her.)
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Definitely magic..!!

I can feel the speed and power in those falcons....and for that i give you a 'wow'....[make it 2 'wows']....!
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Absolutely in awe Andrew!

That colour piece?

I found myself ducking!!!

You are good at this!
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Lapwings and peregrines now there's a man after my own heart! Beautiful and inspiring work.

Has anyone got a match? I'm off to burn my sketchbooks...

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Hi Andy,
Your superbly rendered flight sketches are really inspirational. As I'm a relative newcomer to bird art I've bothered everyone one here re materials and techniques etc. Are you using a particular pencil and paper? Also are the flight sketches made using bins, scope or both? I assume its taken years of practice to achieve this level of drawing, but would you know if the technique of blinking and 'burning' the image of the bird on the retina is of any use for nailing flying birds? I guess it's pure observation otherwise.

Apologies for the interrogation, but this is fantastic stuff.


Cheers

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Russ, thank you for the praise!! Well materials ? nothing special , Just Stiletto pencil and and a bog standard ringbound A4 sketch pad. I get them from Service Point a shop here in Plymouth. The Paper is acid free and Chlorine free. The work in my Falconry diary is done on a Paper Blanks hard bound and has a Old Moroccan leather design cover. I would love to find some really nice proper leather bound sketch books with quality Hot pressed
fine paper in them but it just does not seem the two are available together

On the subject of Drawing flight studies, Well sometimes I use bino's if things
are far off but if not with the naked eye. I have allot of experience with falcons so they are always the better ones . But at the end of the day its all about practice and understanding bird flight in general. I would not be adverse to advising people to take snaps with their cameras as well and use them to learn about the wing shapes of certain birds. I have used camera shots that I have taken at a distance before but you have to learn not to be a slave to the camera it will stifle your interpretation . And to be honest some subjects are just so hard to capture in flight . For example I get asked to do a few Sporting paintings and trying to capture a speeding grouse within a few seconds as it whizzes past is just ridiculously hard. But with seeing allot of them and practice, practice ,practice, the sketches improve and improve and improve. Ultimately its all about understanding your subject. I would never be as good as say Tim at Skuas, Terns etc because I just don't get to see them as much as he does. The birds I find the hardest to sketch in the field will always be the Passerines especially the more secretive ones. But that will not stop me from having a go and trying to learn. I've never done the retina thing. Just watch for a bit then try and absorb a particular shape then get it down as fast as I can! You will find that some positions never get completed . Don't worry just start another then you may get to see the same position occur again so ad to the one that was already started.

Hope that all made sense. Bottom line is just doing it and try different approaches with camera , without, with binos with scopes your ability will improve. When I look back at my early stiffled attempts I cringe,

Thanks again Andy
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