Cathy Johnson’s second lesson was on drawing in nature. I was on vacation at the beach this entire week, which should’ve been a good place to draw in nature, but drawing landscapes is one of those things for me like cleaning the toilet and I kept putting it off.
I sketched this tree at the beach.
I really like these two ocean thumbnails! My favorite of the bunch. And I had to throw in a power pole for my husband. (He works for the electric company. And does not shut up about power lines. Ever.)
This is the worst. I see other people draw these terrific trees and bushes that look so great. I need some serious practice here. Bleh.
Finally, I just couldn’t do anymore nature. Ahh, construction. So comfy.
This week’s lesson was taught by Cathy Johnson, a naturalist and artist who has written a boat load of books and has a whole heap of experience in capturing nature. She is a sweet lady and I really enjoyed watching her videos because she’s positive and lovely and you can just tell that she is a very nice person. I love drawing animals, but I usually (ok, always) draw them from photos, because, well, you know, they move. I did my best to draw a bird from nature, but it was pretty pathetic. As Cathy suggested, if you can’t get a reasonable likeness from a moving object, just use a picture. But better to use a picture you took yourself to maintain a real life connection.
These first two seagulls were drawn from photos I took. I like bird butts. 🙂
This third seagull was from a googled photo. And this 4th page was done in real life as I walked around the embarcadero in Morro Bay. That thing in the middle? It’s a squirrel. I thought I could draw a squirrel from memory (which is basically what this is) since I’ve drawn them before, but alas. No.
This last one is also from a googled image. I liked this lesson, but it was hard. I learned that I do like working in pencil for birds and other animals. H and 3B work out nicely.