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Old Monday 15th October 2007, 01:17   #1
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Post Bob's Book of Art

Hello and welcome to the pages of my drawing book! I decided that I would upload my drawings so I could take advantage of the great wealth of experience on this forum and better my work. I hope you enjoy and please feel free to critique!

This particular bird is an Eastern Wood-Peewee Contopus virens. I am not really satisfied with this bird but I can't quite place my finger on it...
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Old Monday 15th October 2007, 04:41   #2
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Looks fine by me, man! Glad to see yet another thread going (I really can't get enough of everyone's work). Post more soon!
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I can't see why you're not sure about it, it's clean, well-observed and perfectly balanced. Perhaps it could do with being done in a darker pencil to make the bird stand out a little more? Lovely drawing. Looking forward to the next one.
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Thanks everyone! I was thinking about going over it again to make the bird stand out more...I might try that after school and post the results. I probably will not post anymore new work because I am hopefully going on a trip to the mountains Wednesday! Hoping for several lifers too!
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Old Monday 15th October 2007, 20:47   #5
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Great new thread Bob

And I love you drawing. Do you think using tinted paper would make a difference, hope you don't mind but I used a little computer jiggery pokery to give you an idea how much using tinted paper can improve the apperance of pencil sketches and drawings.

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No I do not mind! Thanks for the advice and the comment! Is tinted paper hard to find? Here is a Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus "bust" that I drew a couple months ago. I like doing these because I don't have to do the wings (my least favorite part) and I can show more detail!
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I have a question for you guys...how do you upload you work? Do you scan them or take pics with a digital camera? I use the latter method and I am not very impressed with the result. However, I have a hard bound book so it is hard to fit mine in the scanner...
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Well...I am not going to the mountains so I had some time to draw...here is a profile of a Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula is this the same bird as the Firecrest in Europe? I am trying to play around with my scanner so I am sorry that everything is not straight....
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Well...I have never tried doing a field sketch so here is my first attmept...actually it is a sketch from a photo of a Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus that I took last year at Ocakroke Inlet, NC. I think it shows too much detail...is this even considered a sketch!? Thanks!
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Bob, that stilt is wonderful, there's a lot of action and rhythm in it, which for me, is what bird art is about. It shows the right amount of detail, neither too much nor too little.
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Thanks! I enjoyed doing the sketch...I wasn't sure how it would turn out but I kind of like the result.
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I would be looking at this stilt drawing as the directon to take - I think you are suggesting enough detail and the bird is very well drawn. Nice work Bob.
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Thanks very much! I like it so I think that will be the way to go from now on!
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