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Drawing and Painting Sierra Birds

June 24, 2012 - June 29, 2012


How can you draw birds that move or even fly away? With a combination of understanding bird structure, knowing where to look when you see the bird, and a simple shorthand to get down the basics, anyone can quickly create accurate bird sketches in the field. Come learn the secrets first hand in the grand classroom of the Sierra Nevada. With a combination of indoor illustrated lessons and fieldwork, learn the basics of bird anatomy and how clumps of feathers ruffle, pile and unfold. Learn the basic shapes and methods for capturing the form and movement of songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl, and raptors. We will look closely at birds in flight and foreshortening wings. and tricks to quickly draw birds in the field and avoid anatomical pitfalls that creep into many bird drawings. Understand which critical details to check when you see a bird and master the one minute gesture sketch. Learn techniques for detailed drawings of heads, wings, and feet even after the bird has flown. We will explore techniques with pencil, colored pencil and watercolor for fast field work and studio drawing. Register


June 24, 2012
June 29, 2012
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San Francisco State Sierra Nevada Field Campus
35400 Hwy 49
Sattley, CA 96124 United States
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J.R. Blair
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