I’m glad my first drawing was from a photo; it gave me plenty of time to study details. It was ‘easy’ to put my pencil on the paper to draw but challenging to make accurate lines, to get dimensions correct and to shade in the various density of color. I wasn’t sure just how much time to spend on refining my drawing. I noticed small details such as lichen, leaf ribbing and the slight turn in the warbler’s head. It’s very unlikely I would notice these things when nature journaling vs. drawing from a photo.