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Old Thursday 2nd February 2012, 18:33   #1
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FIELD WORK....APUNTES del NATURAL

Hello..It has been a while since I posted anything here,,,.I closed my last thread,that was all about studio works,and decided not to post anything but field work ,If I ever was to share anything else in this forum.
I have now been working more consistently in the field,and all my outings are now aimed to do so,..to develop the right techniques,not only artistic techniques,but also logistic!
I seem to be looking at things now in a way that is starting to work for me..some sense of scale ,timing and composition is developing and I have been enjoying quite a lot working from nature
A few samples of the last two outings, hopefully I can keep some of them coming...
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Superb work, Manuel - the cormorant is beautifully drawn; the perspective on the body feathers is spot-on. And the duck grouping - exemplifies all you are now aspiring to do with your fieldwork. Brilliant!
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Really wonderful work Manuel! It's a pleasure to see your work developing this way.
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More of Those...

Thanks for the comments..Nice to share some more images after a while...
My last outing was a very cold day ,and I was barely capable to draw inside the hide...Not until the last few hour,with the help of the afternoon Sun,that I was able to concentrate a bit and sketched the Cormoran large head...Didnt have much time ,but was nice end of the day..All of the other sketches are fast and small pieces from a previous day,in the same hide...Ducks and Corms as well...

Since Then I have felt to lazy to be in the Cold (Is warming up a little),but today the urge to Draw made me try some Videosketching...YouTube Owls..
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YouTube Owls

..Oh Ill post the Owls too...First one is a composite creation fruit of numerous bad videos..the second head is a partially ruined nice sketch done while repeteadly playing a japanese video ...I think both suppose to be eagle owls..
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Just brimming with life and character. Keep up the great work! Though I don't envy you sitting in a cold hide.
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I'm always drawn to work from life, and these are fine examples of superb fieldwork. Very adventurous poses and compositions - a bit like myself really, ah, ah, ah. But these work!

I want to see more

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Thanks Russ...They are fine examples all right,....But not too sure of what!

Few more notes from my last outing...pencil study overlooking a group of herons in a river bank..the note had better moments,but this is how it ended..then a note on landscape..some Coots and a Flamingo can be seen depicted as DOTS..
and finally two fast ink sketches ..Flamingo and Greenshank&Shoveler...


The Hides in the LLobregat River are very active with wild birds, and Flamingoes can be seen very close..closer than most places really...In the hide I visited, only one was present and kind of far away...But the other hides in the South part of the reserve are SO filled with birds..Ibis,Spoonbill,Flamingoes and 25 Limosa Limosa are there as I write,... I will go there on Tuesday!..unfortunately the large numbers of birds attract large numbers of paparazzi!!...clicliclickclikckcliclickclikcclikck li!
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Thanks Russ...They are fine examples all right,....But not too sure of what!

Few more notes from my last outing...pencil study overlooking a group of herons in a river bank..the note had better moments,but this is how it ended..then a note on landscape..some Coots and a Flamingo can be seen depicted as DOTS..
and finally two fast ink sketches ..Flamingo and Greenshank&Shoveler...


The Hides in the LLobregat River are very active with wild birds, and Flamingoes can be seen very close..closer than most places really...In the hide I visited, only one was present and kind of far away...But the other hides in the South part of the reserve are SO filled with birds..Ibis,Spoonbill,Flamingoes and 25 Limosa Limosa are there as I write,... I will go there on Tuesday!..unfortunately the large numbers of birds attract large numbers of paparazzi!!...clicliclickclikckcliclickclikcclikck li!
More nice work, Manuel. I love the sweeping, descriptive lines of the flamingo
- a very distinct and personal way of working; lovely.
Yes, I know what you mean about the cameras. But where I bird you get this scene on a quiet day!

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More nice work, Manuel. I love the sweeping, descriptive lines of the flamingo
- a very distinct and personal way of working; lovely.
Yes, I know what you mean about the cameras. But where I bird you get this scene on a quiet day!

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You're in your element here and look very much in control of what you're doing. It should be a pleasure to see your work as you continue with field sketches. It's obvious that you're having a good time as you do it. And that makes them a pleasure to see.
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Thanks Ken...Russ ....The way to avoid the rush hour in the Hide is to go at lunch time..most of the photographers are dedicated enough to hit the hides at mid morning and leave in time for a good lunch!..I have been visiting the main nature area in the Barcelona Metro area, and due to budget cuts the visit hours have been reduced ..In Spring/Summer they used to open at 9 and close at 6 pm ,,7 pm on weekeds....current visit times are 10 AM to 4.30 Pm .Year round!..gates are open til five,but at 4.30 the hides are given the "last few minutes" call...So the best ,more active hours ,of early morning and sunset ,is not possible to be in the reserve...the photographers go to have lunch at 1.30 and by the time they have finished is too late to come back, and the hides remain empty for the rest of the afternoon..In any case is a real shame that the current economic situation allows for this kind of cuts in a singular space that offers the only venue to be inside a protected area for the whole region really...I am sure many interests would like to take more hours away and eventually even close the whole thing ,
...Here is a little sketch that shows the edge of the nature reserve ..The massive BCN airport lies in the center of the Llobregat Delta and has expanded more and more pushing the protected areas away ..There is just a tiny bit left and is amazing how much life they can still attract..hope we can keep them forever ,and even claim a bit more somehow...!..yeah..."Horses near the Airport" a humble note with some meaning to me...and for those that like birds , a fast note depicting one of my favorite species, "Golden plovers and Lapwigs"..both From Yesterday´s outing
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Very impressed in particular by the shoveler, I love your mix of line and colour, both being used with great economy and efficiency - something I have to try and learn to do again! Keep it up.
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Terrific little pen and ink sketch of the waders, here. I can't focus on anything other than a single bird any time I go out! Lovely stuff indeed.

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Just found this new thread of yours, after being away from the forum much too long! Great work here - inspiration for getting out and doing more sketching from life, especially now that spring is starting to suggest it might arrive! I'll be back here and looking for more of your work.
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Terrific little pen and ink sketch of the waders, here. I can't focus on anything other than a single bird any time I go out! Lovely stuff indeed.

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These sketches just keep moving along, improving as they go.
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Great work - and thanks for pointing me in the direction of youtube sketching! If I had to pick a favourite here, I would probably be the two Shovelers in your second post.
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I went out for a short stroll Yesterday ,..found some interesting birds,including an escapee Senegal Parrot,living with a bunch of Monk Parekeets,in one of their communal nests..or maybe he was just visiting for the holidays!..Not the best weather for sketching with the wind blowing from the sea ,all misty and on-and-off showers most of the afternoon..last part of the walk I watched a wonderful Redstart ,from very close distance,through my scope..wonderful views and great detail,perfect for a fast sketch,as I felt the inspiration creeping in!..but my sketch pad was in my backpack!..and I knew if I´d try to get it I would scare the bird for sure,..Oh well..I enjoyed the view and I think I managed to bring Home some of the inspiration left overs..Today I was really wanting to go out drawing,as the view of the bird really stayed in my mind..But it was raining ..a lot..
So went to the You Tube fabulous zoo and look for footage of the Redstart and I sketch away the drawing bug in a series of small notes,...all about the same lenght as the real viewing..2 and 3 minutes notes..ooh maybe I put five in some..
I enjoyed the sketching and wanted to share it...
HAppy Easter by the Way!
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Great stuff!
Happy Easter as well and hope the rain leaves soon. Glad that you were able to keep the inspiration alive and make the best of it. I keep finding that I'm starting to keep mental images of birds in my head as well, until that is I go to put them on paper.............
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Did a couple pages more of ZooTube sketches...quite enjoying the practice!..I really wanted to sketch the Cirl Bunting,and the Zootube was a good source of models..The other day I found a Cirl caught under a net ,in a garden...The owner of the garden covered the veggies with nets,to keep the birds away ,but ths fellow made its way in,and wasnt able to go out now!...The bird was getting quite stressed ,chirping and beating His wings under the web...It was just asking for the local Sparrowhawk to come visit!.My reaction was to set Him free ,and so I did,but As I was lifting the net,I thought this would have been a great opportunity to set my scope a few metters away and make some notes!...Too distressing thought to watch the poor bird in this inpass...The clicking notes He gave away when I got close were pure panic,So I was happy when He flew away...
These sketches are 2 to 5 minutes notes,mostly from not very detailed , low res footage,but they still give enough info to visually speculate....
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Ooohh, I say! I like these chats very much; they just ooze life! Interesting technique which seems very spontaneous and 'from life'-like, just as it should.
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brilliant Redstart series- full of impact but still really true to bird

as for the rain- same here: I've given up on birding today and sent an hour trying to hammer a drainage canal into some concrete, so now just waiting for the vibrations up my arm to subside sufficiently to try some painting
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Ed and Russ have said it well: spontaneous, accurate and all the excitement of something seen from life, even if it wasn't quite 'seen from life.'

Hope the rain ends soon. Here wind is the story. Still it seems like spring, rather than jumping straight from winter to summer as is often the case.
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