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Old Saturday 1st September 2007, 14:03   #51
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the caption is more to do with dates :]

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Old Saturday 1st September 2007, 14:25   #52
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Hi All
Just bin looking on bird guides at various photo's and decided that I would use the pictures as if there were in the field, so I have drawn several of both male and female Marsh Harrier...hope you like
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You've certainly got a feel for the character of these birds, the snipe in the middle of the page is an excellent sketch, the shape is spot on!
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Lovin' the snipe Zac!

The feeding bird bottom right hand corner is so typical, great pose and keep up the good work!

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PS., Can you slow-up a bit, you're making me feel inadequate!
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Thanks Woody
What do you mean, stop posting somany in such a short time...Ill Try

I would love to be able to paint like some of you lot!
I dont have the time or materials. the Kingfisher really is the only painting I have done, and I used the last of my only paints, so I was lucky to even have the right colours!

I think if i do get some paints, I will definatly do the Goldfinch's!

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Apart from the obvious - Ducks etc. What would anyone suggest I attempt to draw, this could be a field sketch i.e. where i should go to draw a certain bird, or in general?

Any challenges would be welcome!

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Old Saturday 1st September 2007, 18:30   #57
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Zac, if you want to PM me with either your email addy/address - I'll get some acrylic paint and send it to you. I can get very cheap paint in Brighton! ( I was lucky, my parents heaped paints and sketchpads on me all through childhood, so did all my relatives!!)

(you only need basic colours which can be mixed) If you'd rather water colour, I can send you that instead.

For a water colour palette, I currently use a purpose one, but also use an old ice freezer tray! For Acrylic for work, I use paper plates believe it or not but also use old plastic picnic plates.

Meant to say as a gift of course!


Oh re: getting good views of birds for practice, a plastic duck farm (ie. WWT!!!) is a good bet but they charge to get in unfortunately. I can't get out birding much at the moment so lots of stuff from me of gulls just down the road and stuff in the garden.

Ps just seen your note about Goldfinches - Ive spent all afternoon with an elderly patient helping her to paint a Goldfinch from one of my Birds mags - draw the outline for her and she painted it - she's 87!

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Old Sunday 2nd September 2007, 20:44   #58
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Heres two sets of Field Sketches. Well the Blackbird (juv and male) is a field Sketch, but the Whitethroat was more to do with position/pose, for a painting I aim to do.

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Those whitethroat are superb Zac! And some great field work with the blackbird too ... rate of progress here is astounding!
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Those whitethroat are superb Zac! And some great field work with the blackbird too ... rate of progress here is astounding!
Thanks Deb
I was pretty pleased with the close up head of the Whitethroat, and for that matter the Blackbird!

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I was pretty pleased with the close up head of the Whitethroat, and for that matter the Blackbird!

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Wonderful drawings yet again

You have the Blackbird pose to a tee, and the Whitethroat is super too

Carry on doing what you are doing, you improving really fast now.

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Nice sketches Zac.

Little tip keep your pencils sharp , dont press so hard and you will find the shapes and lines will flow much easier.
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Old Monday 3rd September 2007, 08:26   #63
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Hi Arthur,
It's funny you should mention that, I don't press on hard, hardly at all! But my scanner was malfunctioning last night and would not pick up the lines so I had to go over the lines again...

Glad you like!

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looking good, keep us posted on your whitethroat pic
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Hi Everyone.
I am not going to do the Whitethroat right away, because I feel that I am currently inexperienced with Bird Art. I want to get the hang of Sketching first.

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(P.S. Can anyone give me any tips Re: Drawing/Painting Bushes, Trees and Plants. (also, for the Whitethroat, what would be the easiest, yet most accurate scrub type bush to attempt?)
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I thought I was duty bound to do a few sketch's of my Favourite Bird - the American Robin.
All of the Drawings are of the Bird in Bingley, Leeds. This is the only time I have ever seen one, and It was on my Birthday too, so that made it extra special
I am not pleased with the coloured in Bird, because the scanner did a terrible job of scanning!
Nevertheless, I hope you can enjoy them!
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Funny, how a common bird becomes such a special thing to new eyes (I've similarly always considered Fieldfares to be such interesting and beautifully patterned thrushes, though I think a hop across the pond is in order before I'll ever see one in the flesh). Some great sketches, you've captured this one well!
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Hi zac,
Excellent work. I love the middle bottom sketch with the dropped wings. Lots of character in them.I enjoyed seeing the am robin at Bingley myself. Stunning bird.
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Lots of character in a few lines, lovely bird. Wish I'd seen one!
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I think, when I get my act together Re: Painting, I must attempt to do the 3 birds that graced Martin Mere WWT, Lancashire last year. Such an unusual record. I never really understood what happened to the 3rd, jut one day it said 2 Black Winged Stilt on eggs from John Barker hide, Martin Mere WWT.
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Lovely stilts Zac, are the legs a little short I wonder? I remember the last time I tried to draw stilts - Titchwell's sammy RIP, I drew the legs too short, not daring to make them look as ridiculous as the bird's own legs! I really like the little compositional sketch in the corner.
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I would agree that the legs are a little short up to the knee, but the water at MMWWT is pretty deep, although, I have have never seen a pic of a stilt with water up to the body. Maybe they really are too long!
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These really are fantastic little sketches Zac

What kind of pencils are you using? I always find it difficult to apply the correct amount of pressure to get the desired effect so just use a biro instead!!

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Well Matt, I don't use a great deal. At the start I was sketching with a HB anda 2B. Now I just use a 6B, although the one I use is a pure Graphite 6B, which I like as you can use the the side of the tip that Is about 1.5cm length, so you can cover a larger area.
For the Crayons, I use Dewhurst Watercolour encils, without the Water!

Hope this helps a bit!

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