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Old Sunday 7th January 2007, 15:23   #1
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Old Sketchbooks

Searching through older Sketchbooks, I found interesting drawingss there,-
such like a memory sketch just after a meeting with a Bear two years ago... -and I wanted to share these experiences with you..
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Old Sunday 7th January 2007, 16:00   #2
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Great work! You should continue sketching.
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Old Sunday 7th January 2007, 16:12   #3
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Great work, particularily like the pelican, really well executed sketch. Do post some more...
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Old Sunday 7th January 2007, 21:09   #4
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Great work, particularily like the pelican, really well executed sketch. Do post some more...
Thank you buzzard12!
I've just noticed your outstanding new "Irland" sketches!
You have got the rare ability to sketch birds from various angles, and that
although they are still in motion!
That's a really hard work!
As required, attached few more sketches from older Sketchbooks..
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Old Sunday 7th January 2007, 22:09   #5
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You have an extraordinary touch - I was immediately taken by the (lesser black-backed?) gull drawing - remarkably observed. The rest of your sketches show that you have a superb talent and I,like Buzzard, look forward eagerly to more posts from you. Excellent.
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Old Sunday 7th January 2007, 22:32   #6
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Brilliant stuff. I wish I was as prolific (and as good).
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Old Sunday 7th January 2007, 23:00   #7
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Just brilliant! I often think peoples' best work is in their sketchbooks; think it has something to do with the fact that it's just for yourself and no one else, hence no pressure. Having said that, your sketches are worthy of framing!!
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Old Monday 8th January 2007, 10:31   #8
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I agree, Christine. I like looking at sketchbooks more than a finished painting.
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Old Monday 8th January 2007, 12:40   #9
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Great stuff, very impressive.

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Old Monday 8th January 2007, 14:17   #10
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Great stuff, very impressive.

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Thank you all!
I schould also say that I'm much more pleased from my field work than from
Studio paintings.There are so many memories becoming alive, during the
search from the sketchbook pages...
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Old Monday 8th January 2007, 22:51   #11
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I've got to ask; how on earth do you manage to sketch so quickly? Any bird i see is usually off in seconds; can't i.d. it, let alone draw it!
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Old Tuesday 9th January 2007, 14:13   #12
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Yes, how do you make field sketches so detailed? Do you work quickly, or do you do some more at home on the sketch? I sketch from life, but they're never so detailed - maybe I'm just impatient and move on to the next thing too quickly...
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Old Tuesday 9th January 2007, 21:17   #13
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Yes, how do you make field sketches so detailed? Do you work quickly, or do you do some more at home on the sketch? I sketch from life, but they're never so detailed - maybe I'm just impatient and move on to the next thing too quickly...
There isn't any magical secret about quick sketching but only experience,
hard earned through practicing in the field. I'm sketching from life 32 years now,and of course I wasn't quick enough at the beginning.
There were and still are many frustrating moments, when the birds flying away,
and half-completed sketches remained..
I'll try to select such sketches to be presented in BF in the future.
The experience taught me also to have a feeling in choosing a subject.
As you already noticed, the majority of my sketches includes resting or relaxing
birds or animals.
That allows me to make detailed studies on location, although there is never a
success warranty..
The preliminary sketch schould always be complet within seconds.
I hope, I explained my method well enough...
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Old Tuesday 9th January 2007, 22:54   #14
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The cormorant study is absolutely sublime - so 'right'. I can feel the sway of the branch as the weight of the bird shifts its point of balance - exceptional work, truly beautiful.
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The cormorant study is absolutely sublime - so 'right'. I can feel the sway of the branch as the weight of the bird shifts its point of balance - exceptional work, truly beautiful.
My favorites thus far are both gulls. A study in light and shadow. I'm especially enthralled with the second gull (Black-headed?). The reflection in the water is amazing. It's as though I'm viewing it through my scope! Makes me want to pick up the paint brush again and try my best. I'm more of a pen-and-ink person, but adding color is another thing all together. Here is one of my inks... (not to take away from spizaetos thread).
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Old Wednesday 10th January 2007, 08:04   #16
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Nice drawing JC - I'm sure Spizaetos won't mind a high quality contribution like this, and you're right, his work is exceptional.
Your drawing - murrelet of some kind? - you ought to have been around approx 3 months ago - a long-billed murrelet turned up down in Devon - expert knowledge would have been really helpful!
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Old Wednesday 10th January 2007, 12:21   #17
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Nice drawing JC - I'm sure Spizaetos won't mind a high quality contribution like this, and you're right, his work is exceptional.
Your drawing - murrelet of some kind? - you ought to have been around approx 3 months ago - a long-billed murrelet turned up down in Devon - expert knowledge would have been really helpful!
Thank you Tim!
Of course I haven't anything against conrtibutions, the BF is our Forum!
At this point I owe you a definition, about the Gulls. The first one is a Yellow-legged, sketched in Greece, and the Black-headed in Munich, in a very cold-under zero-day and is sitting on a frozen water surface!
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Old Wednesday 10th January 2007, 22:22   #18
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There isn't any magical secret about quick sketching but only experience,
hard earned through practicing in the field. I'm sketching from life 32 years now,and of course I wasn't quick enough at the beginning.
There were and still are many frustrating moments, when the birds flying away,
and half-completed sketches remained..
I'll try to select such sketches to be presented in BF in the future.
The experience taught me also to have a feeling in choosing a subject.
As you already noticed, the majority of my sketches includes resting or relaxing
birds or animals.
That allows me to make detailed studies on location, although there is never a
success warranty..
The preliminary sketch schould always be complet within seconds.
I hope, I explained my method well enough...
Thank you, you've explained it very well.
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This latest group of drawings is just superb. I really look forward to seeing the next installment.
By the way where can we see your exhibited paintings, or published work (if that's not a rude question?).
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Carry on sketching!

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There isn't any magical secret about quick sketching but only experience,
hard earned through practicing in the field. I'm sketching from life 32 years now,and of course I wasn't quick enough at the beginning.
Hear, hear Spizaetos! I think every aspiring artist (and even a few who think they are not artists) needs to hear this.

Many people who have watched me sketch have said something to the effect of "Oh, I wish I could draw," and they don't believe me when I tell them that my first efforts were profoundly unartistic!

I'm not saying that everyone can draw like Lars Jonsson if they only practice hard enough, but rather that even Lars Jonsson had to start somewhere.

My advice to anyone who wishes they could draw would be, "Then draw!" And the 'secret' is to keep doing it as often and as much as possible.

I remember hearing a story of Picasso who, late in life, was asked to do a quick drawing on a TV chat show. When he had finished, the interviewer asked him if he didn't feel a little embarrassed that he could sell for thousands of dollars something that had taken him 30 seconds to do. Picasso's response: "30 seconds? It took me 80 years to draw that!"

Spizaetos' fantastic paintings will, I hope, inspire many more aspiring artists to pick up a pencil and sketchpad and get/keep on sketching!

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Have to say, the Black Stork is simply outstanding. The way the iridescence has been hanled on the neck, breast, mantle, scapulars and wing covert's is a joy to behold. Looks so simple because it is so well done.

...I know better, that is a difficult application to get so right. Lovely work...
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Have to say, the Black Stork is simply outstanding. The way the iridescence has been hanled on the neck, breast, mantle, scapulars and wing covert's is a joy to behold. Looks so simple because it is so well done.

...I know better, that is a difficult application to get so right. Lovely work...
Thank you buzzard, thanks Dave!
That's of course no rude question Tim!
Actually I'm not an exhibition artist, because of lack of time to prepare the required pictures. I'm trying to participate yearly in an exhibition in Netherlands "Wild in de Natuur", and work consequently for my comissions.
Last year is published a European bird guide, with my own Illustrations
titled: "Was Fliegt denn da?"-What's flying there?
( unfortunately only in German, available also by Amazon), and a monography
on Waders is in preparation.
At the moment I haven't time to be present also in Britain, maybe in future sometime, I hope...
Few years ago as a participant at "Bird Illustrator of the Year", I was privileged to see my pictures on the cover of British Birds magazine.
Attached few more pictures and a selection of Weblinks were my artwork could be seen. A personal website is also in preparation.
http://www.birdingart.com/birdingart_154.htm
http://www.kunsthuisvanhetoosten.nl/...ugalis-03.html
http://dougalis-wildlifeart.blogspot.com/
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Ahhh Spizaetos - (PD) - I thought your work looked familiar, I have BirdingArt.com on my favourites list!
Wonderful mixture of realism combined with a painterly approach - terrific stuff and you're sure to go a very long way.
Good lad!
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I'm not saying that everyone can draw like Lars Jonsson if they only practice hard enough, but rather that even Lars Jonsson had to start somewhere.

My advice to anyone who wishes they could draw would be, "Then draw!" And the 'secret' is to keep doing it as often and as much as possible.

I remember hearing a story of Picasso who, late in life, was asked to do a quick drawing on a TV chat show. When he had finished, the interviewer asked him if he didn't feel a little embarrassed that he could sell for thousands of dollars something that had taken him 30 seconds to do. Picasso's response: "30 seconds? It took me 80 years to draw that!"

Spizaetos' fantastic paintings will, I hope, inspire many more aspiring artists to pick up a pencil and sketchpad and get/keep on sketching!

Cheers

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Attached this time the promissed half-completed sketches...
and one more explanation about my BF name.
Spizaetos is the common Greek name for Bonelli's eagle..

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