Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Magnifying the passion for nature. Zeiss Victory Harpia 95. New!

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Daffy's Studio...

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old Wednesday 25th March 2009, 22:18   #1
Daffyduck
Registered User
 
Daffyduck's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Cambridge UK
Posts: 130
Daffy's Studio...

Hi, I've just gone back to painting watercolours after a break of about 2 yrs. Ive had no formal training, just attended a couple of saturday workshops on drawing birds and of course I do bird watch.

I would be really grateful if you could let me know what you think of these as I am too scared to show them to family incase they laugh!

I started out with the Willet, and found that i was going into alot of detail so then i did the yellow throat and the barn owl, working alot looser. I was amazed at how the paint seem to run on the page and leave great marks.

Would be good to hear what you think? And any advice as to what to improve on. I must admit I fear washes and so tend to steer clear of heavy background stuff...

Thanks again
Tina
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Art Willet rs.jpg
Views:	88
Size:	50.6 KB
ID:	188362  Click image for larger version

Name:	Art Common Yellow throat rs.jpg
Views:	82
Size:	53.7 KB
ID:	188363  Click image for larger version

Name:	Art barn owl rs.jpg
Views:	86
Size:	62.1 KB
ID:	188364  
__________________
Tina
Last UK Bird - Dipper - Thetford
Last World Bird - Tufted Puffin - Alaska
Daffyduck is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 25th March 2009, 23:03   #2
nickderry
C'est pas ma faute, je suis anglais.
 
nickderry's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Besançon, France
Posts: 12,838
Welcome to the best part of the forum Tina, you've done the hardest part of saying hello, now don't be a stranger - we're all a very friendly bunch on here and it's allways great to have somebody new. These are very nice indeed, I adore the subtle colours on the yellowthroat, and the superb expression on the willet, beautifully done. As you ask for advice on improvement, I'll just say, I imagine these are done from photos, so my advice would be to get the sketchbook out with you when out birding and scribble away whilst watching - even the simplest few lines can turn into an exciting picture. Looking forward to seeing more - oh, and DO share these with your family, never be worried that people may laugh, they may, but in this case they shouldn't! You can be proud of these.
nickderry is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Thursday 26th March 2009, 07:39   #3
Woody
Registered User
 
Woody's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Kent
Posts: 4,688
Welcome along Tina! Can't beat Nick's advice on the sketching really, it helps you to paint what you see rather than what you know to be there. I'd also say, experiment some, try washes and backgrounds, after all, it's only paper, and you may well surprise yourself!

Mike
__________________
If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
Honore de Balzac

http://www.wildlifeart1.co.uk/
http://thescolopaxchronicles.blogspot.com/
Woody is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Thursday 26th March 2009, 16:18   #4
timwootton
Registered User
 
timwootton's Avatar

 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Orkney
Posts: 8,657
Hi Tina - welcome aboard.
The willet shows some very strong drawing, beautiful posture nd very nicely painted too. A super piece of work, all round. I really like the simple design of the yellowthroat - very reminiscent of the grand tradition of the pioneers of bird portrayal.
Great stuff - look forward to seeing more.
timwootton is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 27th March 2009, 00:44   #5
jomo
Registered User
 
jomo's Avatar

 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Guelph, Ontario
Posts: 725
Just beautiful, all three, any one of them deserve to be popped into a frame right as they are. And you've got one of my absolute favourite warblers there, too (so much character in those little birds ... sigh, spring can't come soon enough!).

The great thing about washes is that they're the first thing you lay on the page, so if you're not happy with it, you've invested nothing. Play around with it, throw on some salt or create spatter with a toothbrush (great ways to add interest and texture if you're not that into big involved backgrounds).
__________________
~ Jo
http://www.rationalpoetry.com/blog
jomo is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 27th March 2009, 18:03   #6
Daffyduck
Registered User
 
Daffyduck's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Cambridge UK
Posts: 130
Thanks folks for your kind comments - its amazing how it gives you a bit more confidence especially when you are painting by yourself and a bit shy to share!

Okay so next time i go birding, will carry telescope, camera, lunch and now Sketchbook - so if you see a lady laden down with gear in the field - its ME!

Will also have a go at a few washes....and lets see what happens!

thanks again for the encouragement - so much appreciated.
Tina
__________________
Tina
Last UK Bird - Dipper - Thetford
Last World Bird - Tufted Puffin - Alaska
Daffyduck is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 27th March 2009, 18:06   #7
nickderry
C'est pas ma faute, je suis anglais.
 
nickderry's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Besançon, France
Posts: 12,838
that's the spirit! you'll have a lot of fun (and also quite a few 'grr' moments) but it will all be worth it. You'll see how drawing a moving bird really gets you to look at it in a different light.
nickderry is offline  
Reply With Quote
Advertisement
Reply


Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
From Tim Wootton's Studio timwootton Wildlife Art 3828 Wednesday 23rd February 2011 23:05
studio in the wet ( some of my sharpest) j palmer Photo Critique 4 Thursday 5th July 2007 19:41
Hi from china sculpture studio bigocean Say Hello 7 Monday 9th October 2006 03:18
Making movie with Pinnacle Studio - please help!!! Cuckoo-shrike Computers, Birding Software And The Internet 9 Wednesday 25th May 2005 22:09

{googleads}

Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.14707303 seconds with 18 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 16:03.