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Old Wednesday 29th August 2007, 21:05   #26
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I like to think I know birds well, as I spend hours and hours looking at Books and photo's and ID tips to help with my real passion - Birdwatching.
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Doesn't always go hand in hand (as I've discovered!) so artistic talent is also needed which you seem to have in lorry loads!!

Just checked out the photo of the Spoonbill on your blog - again very impressive and accurate line drawing (even for a copy!)

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you appear to have built up a fan base quite quickly

thats some good shading on the egret, my drawings arent gonna look so good now...
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Nice work Zac - just have a go at real life in your own time.
Hey Steve - you'll not know how 'good' you are, til you've made a few drawings. Time to start is now.
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Great start Zac, especially like the spoonbill. Keep posting, as you can see you get nowt but encouragement on here, heed the tips and rapid development is assured, look forward to seeing it happen.
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Old Thursday 30th August 2007, 21:24   #30
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Thanks again all
I am in the middle of a Great Spott Woodpecker at the moment, I made a sketch from a picture in a book, but to get a feel for something different I changed the angle of the bird and am having a go at that, I am currently really pleased and am loking forward to seeing the final product - I will share when done!
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Old Friday 31st August 2007, 14:28   #31
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Hi Everyone
heres the Great Spott that I sketched, finished it this morning aften finishing off some coursework before its back to school :(

I have spent a lot of the day just watching the garden as there are two coal tit that are returning to the garden for the winter (it gets quiet in the Summer) so I have been studying their behavior so that I can attempt to draw them this afternoon.
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Here are three Garden sketches
I quite like the Coal tit, and the head of the Feral Pigeon seems to be alrite!

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The woodpecker's attitude is spot on, as somebody who loves woodpeckers but just misses the mark when painting them, I can tell you you should be very pleased with this one. Even better!! We've got some field sketches, their value in understanding birds and how to draw them is unparalleled, even if half the time you feel like you're spending a lot of time doing empty squiggles. The coal tit is a great start indeed, now make sure you keep looking and keep sketching them - by doing this, you'll see just how different their shape is to other tits. Great stuff, keep it up!
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Heres another one. It is a cross between a field sketch and a book. I got the general shape and head pattern from the field, but the underwing was tricky so I chose to look that up in a book. I tried to make the wing of the flying bird look as though it is moving.

I am looking forward to turning this into something good!

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heres the Great Spott that I sketched, finished it this morning aften finishing off some coursework before its back to school :(

I have spent a lot of the day just watching the garden as there are two coal tit that are returning to the garden for the winter (it gets quiet in the Summer) so I have been studying their behavior so that I can attempt to draw them this afternoon.
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I quite like the Coal tit, and the head of the Feral Pigeon seems to be alrite!

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Lovely work again. You have the markings and the style just right. Love the details on the Woodpeckers rump, all the white spots and dots. The expression on the birds face is very Woody like.

As for the garden birds, the Coal and the Blue Tit you have right look and feel again, as they love to look as cheeky as possible.

One thing I could suggest to you from experience. Would it worth you buying a feeder (with suckers) which you can stick on the outside of your bedroom/spare window. Then you can see the birds really close up. Tits love feeding of feeders that are high up. You will find that all the garden birds will appear as they get used to your presence, Chaffies Greenies, Blue,Great and Coal tits. Blackies will pop on the window sill too.

It does take time for them to get used to you, (on the other side), but once they have you will be able to get really close to them (as long as you approach the window slowly)

You can get to the point of seeing how different the bird look, their feathers, colours and details which you never see when they are further away.

The slight draw back is you need to consider seeds that so not leave a mess on the sill as it does gather up after a while. It is keeping the window clean and clear that keeps you on your toes.

It depends how members of the house deal with this, and if it is a worry to them. Anyway you can give it your best shot.
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Old Friday 31st August 2007, 16:59   #37
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thanks Nick
the Goldfinch's were a real suprise! There were about 5 in the Garden along with 2 Greenfinch, and Goldies were constantly aggressivly twittering to each other so I sat next to my window with my scope, and saw that happening. it was only brief but the expressions and body language of the birds were to much to fight away my reluctance to draw flying birds! And I was quite pleased with the outcome!

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the Goldfinch's were a real suprise! There were about 5 in the Garden along with 2 Greenfinch, and Goldies were constantly aggressivly twittering to each other so I sat next to my window with my scope, and saw that happening. it was only brief but the expressions and body language of the birds were to much to fight away my reluctance to draw flying birds! And I was quite pleased with the outcome!

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The Goldies are beautiful, really colourful, birds too

To draw flying birds is difficult so you have it in the making here.
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The Goldies are beautiful, really colourful, birds too

To draw flying birds is difficult so you have it in the making here.
Well done
Great to see the field work coming in. Like the woodpecker, particularily like the Coal Tit, really nice sketch that, well done. Golfinches are well drawn and show you have a good eye. Keep it up, perhaps try getting further afield at the weekend and see what you can find...
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Thats the Trouble of being 15, you need to rely in Parents for lifts to places, although I do cycle to the quarry every now and again, Ill have a go tomorrow.

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Zac - brilliant start to what should be a thrilling journey through wildlife art. Keep on looking and drawing. Excellent young man!
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Those Goldfinches are excellent little sketches, Zac

Getting seriously inspired by all these great works by everyone, might have to start dabbling myself soon!!

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Zac, ... 15 ! your sketching is already impressive you keep going
with it and don't be afraid to push yourself with flying subjects.

I probably sound like a broken record , but drawing constantly
is the secret. Perfecting your draftmanship is more important
than the painting bit. That will all follow. I remember being
terrified of colour at one stage but slowly it all comes together.
but the one thing that I'm glad I spent time on
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went to 'my' Quarry this morning for 30 mins or so, and had a go at drawing Lesser Black Backs, I havn't really got the shape right but I think they are ok.

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You are doing some great work - so enthusiastic! Keep it up.
Like the study of the beak in the last posting. I am pretty much a beginner myself when it comes to drawing and find it really useful to practice details like bills and feet and eyes etc. I copy from learning to draw books and some field guides. Everything helps
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You've jumped right in the deep end! I've been field sketching for nearly 12 years now, (started at 13) and I still have trouble with gulls, you've pulled this one off very well indeed. You're already being more adventurous in your sketching than I was when I started, I used to just stick two ovals together for every bird and added a few lines. Keep them coming!
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You can't turn your back on BF for five minutes without something good happening in your absence. There's some really nice work here Zac, the field sketches are my personal faves, especially the tit and the pigeon. Keep it up!

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Thanks Everyone

Nick - I really hate drawing ovals, I have had a go in the past, but it just doesn't look right. i just seem to start at the nape of the left hand side of the head depending on what angle the bird is facing!
I drew some more today at the Quarry but the wind picked up and the subjects were far away so the sketches were abysmal!

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Heres a few sketches of snipe from the second visit of the day.

Woody - you inspired me to do these, not as ood as yours but its a start!

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Woody - you inspired me to do these, not as ood as yours but its a start!

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Your drawings. Wow, that is pure genius

I was thinking the moment that I saw your drawing of a Snipe, that was a Snipe - pure and simple. The reason is because the shape of the head gives it away.

So now you can draw a bird without a ID caption, and we can still ID it !!!

Keep them coming here!!
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