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  • Leah
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    imchickadee
    Sketching and painting the Steller's Jay that I was drawing took a long time, though I thought it wouldn't take as much time as it actually did. Though this was a really fun experience, and I would love to keep on doing this!
  • Leah
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    imchickadee
    I have tried doing wet on dry mostly. I like that technique because it is easy to do fine lines and it gives a clear color unlike some of the other techniques. Wet on wet has been a bit difficult for me though because it is a bit messy. Dry on dry is okay, but it doesn't give a clear color for me, so I prefer wet on dry overall. I think for my journaling projects, I think that I would use wet on wet for big spaces, dry on dry for items that have lots of texture, but I would typically use wet on dry.
  • Leah
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    imchickadee
    This wasn't my first experience before, but I haven't really done anything like this activity that I just did. My color palette was for a Steller's Jay, and it consisted of many blue, black, grey, brown, and white shades. I think that I was able to get the colors that I desired, but it was challenging to put the right amount of the color I wanted to use to make the color needed for my palette. When I was focusing on the colors, I noticed that the Steller's Jay that I was drawing didn't just have a black head, the head was black, brown, grew, and white, which I never really noticed before. Overall, I thought this was quite fun!
  • Leah
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    imchickadee
    It was hard for me because I couldn't find the exact scene that I was drawing, but I tried my best to refine my gesture drawing. I think that it helped that I had a different reference picture instead of none. The technique that has been most helpful for me was the ways that you can shade the drawings because it was useful because the bird that I was drawing had lots of shadows and different colors.
  • Leah
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    imchickadee
    Upside-down drawing was really fun. At first it was difficult getting the right proportions, until my mom came and told me to sketch the outline first 😅, which I forgot to do. That really helped me get the right proportions, and I'm really proud of myself for doing a pretty good job! I hope to improve on drawing upside-down subjects!
  • Leah
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    imchickadee
    I think that this technique is really helping me get the right proportions depending on what I'm drawing. This technique is helping me capture my subjects more accurately. I think it is always good to have this trick in your sleeve because it can really help make your drawing much better. For me, it is easier to measure proportion on objects that are tall and thin because my wrist feels weird being sideways and it is a bit awkward trying to measure things from side to side with you pencil. Measuring slanted angles on the other hand is much more difficult for me, and I hope to improve.
  • Leah
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    imchickadee
    I think that gesture drawing helps me with my observations, like how I heard a House Finch singing, but I didn't know where it was. When a finch came to my feeder, I saw that it was singing because its throat was moving and very puffy too. If I wasn't gesture drawing, I wouldn't have paid more attention to those details.
  • Leah
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    imchickadee
    It was really difficult to not look down. For the whole entire time that I was blind contour drawing, I had the urge to look down and see what I was drawing looked like, but I ended up stopping myself from doing so, which I'm really glad about. I really liked this challenge, and like others, the end result was quite... interesting. I was very satisfied with the green-tailed sunbird, because I actually got the lines to meet, but I ended up making the head look like a square, which looked really funny, since the actual bird has more of a rounded and not a rectangular head. Overall, I thought this helped me focus on what I was drawing, but it was pretty difficult, and I hope to improve!
  • Leah
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    imchickadee
    I haven't done many comparison studies, but I have done some. I thought the comparison study helped me focus better on the unique characteristics of the black-capped and the chestnut-back chickadees that I was comparing, and the similarities between them. I learned that creating a comparison study can help you distinguish different and similar characteristics about two different things. When balancing drawing and writing in my journal, I think I will balance them depending on what I want to do that day, and what I want to write/draw about.
  • Leah
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    imchickadee
    I think that I'm starting to recognize some of the "themes" in nature more often, but I would like to improve on seeing them more easily. I think if you can recognize themes easily, you can see unique things about different plants and animals to make them more distinguishable.
  • Leah
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    imchickadee
    Backyard Sitting Mar 4, 2020
  • Leah
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    imchickadee
    It was great doing my sit spot experience in my back yard (I couldn't go anywhere else because I'm an 11 year old kid that a. doesn't know how to drive, and b. my parents probably won't let me go anywhere else outside alone, and they're pretty busy). At first there wasn't that much to see, but as time passed by, I could see much more birds, including a juvenile Bald Eagle which I didn't know that I would see, and a steller's jay that flew into our bird feeder, which was really unexpected because they are usually shy in my area. It was hard to see differences in the landscape for me because I look at the birds, but I will try to improve and notice more changes in the landscape and plants. I was surprised at how many birds that I got to see in that time period, though.
  • Leah
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    imchickadee
    Now that I have practiced a lot, I have gotten used to knowing where different skills should be applied. I am definitely a lot more comfortable now with these new skills! So far I have done great with all of these exercises, so I am ready to do more!
  • Leah
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    imchickadee
    I was inspired to begin nature journaling because of my passion for both art and wildlife. Though I love taking photos, making my own is a fun experience, and a new learning opportunity. I think all of the approaches for great, depending on what you are doing, and how you want to personalize that moment yet cherishing it at the same time. Yet I don't have a different journaling idea, I will likely come up with some along the way. I cannot wait to start my path as a nature journalist!
  • Leah
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    imchickadee
    I felt that I could have done better, but I can't be absolutely perfect. Though I'm still satisfied with how I did. Figuring out the shape of the bird came along quite well, but the details on the bird, on the wing, especially, were quite difficult, and I would like to improve in that area. If I hadn't drawn this photo, I wouldn't have noticed all of the colors that this Yellow Warbler really had. Still, this was a very fun activity.
    in reply to: Jump Right in! #673395
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