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Nature Journal: Drawing Ideas For Winter

teacher avatar Julia Bausenhardt, Nature Sketching & Illustration

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11 Lessons (1h 22m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Tools

    • 3. Examples

    • 4. Watercolor Weather Sketches

    • 5. Drawing Tree Silhouettes in Pencil

    • 6. Painting Winter Twigs in Watercolor And Ink

    • 7. Drawing Cones in Pencil and Watercolor

    • 8. Painting Birds in Watercolor

    • 9. Share Your Sketches

    • 10. Final Thoughts

    • 11. Bonus: Nature Impressions - Take A Walk With Me

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About This Class

In this class, we’re taking a look at nature journaling in the winter months. I will share lots of ideas for drawing in your sketchbook in the cold season and show you how you can explore sketching and get inspired even if nature seems to be less active right now.

We’ll take a look at different tools and techniques, and I’ll share several step-by-step demonstrations of what I paint in my sketchbook in this season.
You will learn how to observe nature with your sketchbook, and build a drawing or painting habit in your nature journal.

This class is perfect for anyone who wants to get started or continue nature journaling in winter, and anyone who wants to keep creative throughout the year. You can use these kind of nature studies in your sketchbook to develop your own ideas for any creative project, or simply to journal about your experiences in nature.
This class is great for both beginners and advanced students, in fact, your skill level doesn’t matter as long as you have curiosity and an interest in nature.

You can learn a lot about the natural world around us with this technique, and I hope you’ll be inspired to explore the winter season in your sketchbook by the end of this class.

I’m Julia, an illustrator and nature journaler from Germany, and I’m excited to share my favorite sketchbook techniques with you.

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Julia Bausenhardt

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Hey, I'm Julia! I’m an illustrator & field sketcher from Germany.

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1. Introduction: Hello, I'm Julia and Illustrator and Nature Journal. Thank you for joining in this class. We're taking a look at nature journaling in the winter months. I will share lots of five years for drawing in your sketchbook in the cold season and show you how you can explore sketching and get inspired. Even if nature seems to be less active right now, we'll take a look at different tools and techniques, and I'll share several step by step demonstrations for what I paint in my sketchbook. In this season, you will learn how to observe nature with your sketchbook and built drawing or painting habit in your nature journal. This class is perfect for anyone who wants to get started or continue nature journaling in winter and anyone who wants to keep creative throughout the whole year. You can use thes kind of nature studies in your sketchbook to develop your role ideas for any creative project or simply to journal about your experiences in nature. So this class is great for beginners and advanced students. In fact, your skill level doesn't matter. As long as you have curiosity and an interest in nature, you can learn a lot about the natural world around us with this technique, And I hope you will be inspired to explore the winter season in your sketchbook by the end of class. So grab your sketching here and let's take a look. 2. Tools: So let's take a look at the tools for this class asked out with pencil as a drawing tool. That's really just a basic thing. So mechanical pencil or a normal pansa? Whatever you're comfortable with, any racer always comes in handy to then. I also liked to draw and take notes with pens in different colors. I always make sure that I have what approved pens so that I can add layers off water color if I want to. Um, since we're going to do some drawing inside for this class and not only fieldwork, I also wanted to mention that I frequently like to use depends together withdrawing ink. So if that's something you want to explore in your nature journal, that's time. And, yeah, I really like the look off thes thes depends. They give a very nice line, obviously, there little bit impractical if you go outside to sketch. But I just wanted to mention that. Then we have ah, watercolor, Pen said. This just a really basic small pen said he won't need more for this class. Um, I will do my demonstrations, probably with my bigger pan said, that are used in my studio but for when I go outside, I usually just take thes basic colors with me. So this will be enough. Then you'll need a brush. Obviously I really like thes water brushes for field work. So they already have the water with them, so you can do quick watercolor sketches. And obviously, you can also use any kind of brush that, you know and like. And I also have white gel pen, which is sort off practical secret weapon for me, especially if you want to hear things like snow or wide lines on top of water color. These work very well, and I really like to use them. So I always have one of them lying around. And obviously you'll need your sketchbook so or your nature journal. So this is what I'm going to be working in for this class, and, um, yeah, so this is already all we need. And let's have a look at the exercises for this class 3. Examples: so you might wonder what this class about keeping an outside sketchbook in winter is really about, since it doesn't seem very inviting at first. But they're different techniques. I want to show you for keeping your nature journal active in winter and making sketches all year round, and you don't have to go. It's hard for for each of thes techniques, so I just want to give you a few possibilities that you can work with and try out. And one thing I always like to start with and actually like to start my nature general with is making these small landscape some nails on the first page. So this is usually the first page of each off my NATO journals of my sketchbooks, and I like to just document on different days the weather and maybe different landscapes that I can see. Usually, these are just taken from different views out off my window, so I don't even have to go outside. And these are just me impression, so nothing to detail the size. Make sure that you can, you know, complete them in a few minutes, maybe 10 minutes on each or 50 minutes. And that's all I need I like to note down the date and the temperature. You could also, you know, write down what the weather was like or when the sun went up or down. Whatever you you feel, it's fitting for this. Um, you could also know to some some colors that you observed or what the birds were doing. And yeah, and I like to collect these these little landscape some names on the first page. So any time I will get an interesting arrangement off different. Yeah, different weather phenomena and also different impressions off just what the month in this case, the winter month were like and yeah, I think this really interesting. So that's one possibility. Another thing that I already talked about are these little collections that you can arrange and then draw or paint. And one thing we will look a little bit closer at in this class are, um what treks can you find that the animals left? So we will collect a few cones or leaves or whatever you can see. Waas maybe not ed by an animal. And you take a look at these and observe and make our notes. Another possibility is to collect twigs off trees and, yeah, take a closer look at them. This will also be an exercise. So with a little bit more detail on the actual little butts that you can see on the twigs and really focus in on the different types of trees you you can have another thing that can be interesting are silhouettes of different trees. So I want to take a closer look at that, too. Um, it's and that's something you can really see well and winter, and only in winter when the trees lose their leaves. The office you know, every tree loose leaves, their evergreen trees, but we will include thes two and try out how you can make quick sketches and gatch down to the to the characteristic look off the tree. Yeah, I also had a little experiment on snowflakes here the other day. When it's no, it's not snowing right now, so I'm not sure if I will include this. Maybe I'll make another class out of this. You can let me know if you're interested in this. This was just an afternoon with with a few experiments, so I think it was fun. Another look at some twigs and tree parts that you can experiment with. So here I have the flour off this tree. Or actually, it was a shrub in this case. And, uh, yeah, I tried out different methods to to look at this. So just a single twig with flowers and how these contorting twigs actually work and just some questions I noted. So this can also be a method. And I did a part off this outside, so I stood in front off a shrapnel and made my drawing, and I added watercolor in later. So that's always a possibility in the colder months. Um, if the weather isn't agreeable than you can always take apart and make a part off you, your sketch outside and then take the risk back in and finish it. And another topic that I really have fallen in love with our birth. So I hope you can take a closer look at birds. There are a lot off birds visible inventor in winter, um, usually in a garden or at the bird feeders so you can start toe watch birds from the inside from your cozy home. I hope that's something that we can take a quick look at two, and those are my ideas for journaling and winter. So I hope you'll come with me and let's explore what nature has in store for us. 4. Watercolor Weather Sketches: So I'd like to start our practical exercises with this little whether sketch because it's great for a warm up. And as I've actually said, talked about this is also great. If you have a new sketch, both and all pages are empty and you just don't know how to start. Then this is really great. Just take the first page and say, All right, this is going to be my my weather page or my sky page. And I will just observe the weather on a few days and make these little thumbnail so on, just like this, you have you started your new sketchbook, your new natural NATO journal. Um and I really, I really love this idea. So and actually this guy isn't really and the weather isn't really interesting to bay, which is a shame to say, but there's not really much going on. It's just some sort of a grade dull feeling overall. So it is really it's a little bit of a challenge for me because, off, of course, I'd like to show you these different cloud types and how you can draw the east. But let's see if we can get something out off this gray day. I'm starting with the bounding box for my thumbnail, and I'm just setting it right between these other true. So it doesn't feel too static. So as we can see in on this other page here, I try to to move the the some things around a little bit. So it has a more for dynamic night out, and I always start with the sky. So this is, ah, light grey sky with just a hint of blue in it. So I'm thinking about some light cobalt blue. I will put my mixing pound it down so that you can see so just a tiny bit of cobalt blue. And I think this year is arrest off my neutral gray that I like to use. And it's a very, very light. Colors are almost white ish, but just a little bit off Graeme. So this guy's dry and I have mixed a little bit off neutral gray with just a tiny hand off Indian red, which is a red brown. And I do this because I don't want the gray to be too dark and a little bit reddish, which I can see in in my landscape back there in these hills and this is very light wash and I will try and apply this to to my landscape here. And don't think too much about this. You can see I'm adding again a lot off water to give this really what it done. Look, we can always at more pain later, and I just have to try and remember where my snowy areas and you can see. I'm trying to wiggle the brush a little bit, so to indicate a little bit off movement and the trees that this forest. So I'm going to add another layer off this reddish grey. You can see this much darker on. You can indicate that the part off this hill is actually nearer to you. So this one room off landscape painting, things that are farther away will be lighter and blue. One thing I can do while this is drying is put aside my brush and at some notes about today . So by now this area has dried and I can add back in No, oh hill. Here in the foreground. One thing that you have to embrace when you do landscapes is or any nature drawing really is to make a regular drawing, so don't go for patterns off or, you know, regular repeating patterns, but try to make it look natural and irregular. So that's just a tip I have for you here. And really, it's a It's a little bit hard because your hand wants to have this repeating cycle, and it's a lot easier keeping something regular than make it make it irregular. And but it's it's really it. It will be more interesting, and also it will know much more net natural. So I think we are done here, and this is my little weather family before today. So for a warm up, I think this really great exercise give it a go m. As I said, You don't have to go. It's high for for this kind off quick painting. Um, just reserve a spot in your journal for these weather sketches, and I think you will find that these are fascinating to look better. I'm back on when you when you have filled your entire journal and you have these little from nails off different days and different states off weather. So, yeah, I hope this was fun for you. Let's have a look at the next exercise 5. Drawing Tree Silhouettes in Pencil: So I've already shown you these tree silhouettes that I find are another really good exercise to do to get to know the the trees around you a little bit better, and especially in winter when you can see the shapes without believes and really get into these different branches and twigs. So I have been outside and taking a few photos, and actually I want to draw some treason wets with you. I'll start with this birch tree, and what I would do is just very lightly sketch the whole sort of shape that this has with all it's part. So just go around it in a very rough sketch, and then I would start by sketching and the main branches. You can see I'm doing this very lightly here. So what I want to include for this birch is obviously the, um the bark, the black and white bark. And I move on to the next one. So I think I will place it a bit. Father down. Now, this is going to be a beech tree. Nice big trees and that area off the park where I was taking photos. And as you can see, I'm already trying to do a bit off very layout, just like in our other exercise with the weather, some nails so that the page looks a little bit more dynamic and interesting. Um, I will quickly go onto to the next tree now, which will go down here. And this will be the big oak tree that had eyes saw. One thing that was helpful to me when I took the photo of it Waas to photograph it against the life so I would get a good sin. Wet this actually a tip that you can follow if you want to take your own photos of trees When doing this exercise, you will see that different trees have, of course, different silhouettes, and that's the interesting part of it. And if you have a little bit more space on your page, unlike me, then feel free to go to add your observations and add things that that you were able to see and maybe deduct from this. So this is, I think, the really interesting part of it. - And with evergreen trees, I find it's good technique to, um, start with the overall shape, maybe at the the drunk. If you can see it and then start at the top of the bottom wherever you want and just have a continuous line off where you defined the outline more closely. Another good tactic can be to add a little bit more dimensionality is to indicate this thing is branch and then leave the top off it light so that you can really that you're I can fill in the the squiggly lines and think of it as the top where they're small light and then you have the shadow, the bushy, the dark areas. So on the last one I'll do is a willow tree. So I hope it doesn't get to Krems. But this page is already really full, so I'll just go with it and see where I'll end up. So So I've just take my razor and removed just a little bit off thes twigs here and here to give each tree a little bit more room to breathe. And if I were to do this again, then I would probably make the silhouettes a little bit smaller. Maybe not a smallest, these ones of here, but maybe in a different in a similar size is it this one so that each one can stand a little bit more for its health and Onda. Also, I would have a little bit more room to add. Actually some notes. I had planned it, but now I My drawing is a little bit too to page feeling for this. 6. Painting Winter Twigs in Watercolor And Ink: So when I went outside to take photos of Theresa words, I actually brought some Twix back home with me from different trees, and I'd like to draw some off them in this exercise. So for this exercise, actually want to introduce what I can again, And that means that I will do just a very light sketch off the twig and then go in with watercolor and add the the actual color. So I'm going to makes a greenish yellow here with some transparent yellow on a tiny bit of green gold. Um, I'm first going to add a very sin layer, and maybe this needs a little bit off raw sienna. I think it might be a little bit too yellowish. Yes, that's better. So a good practice to do this, actually, to test the color that you have on a separate a little bit off scrap paper like this, so that you can be sure you have the color that you want, because once it is down on the paper, you can easily remove it, especially if it's, uh, a staining column. For my second layer. I'm adding bit more off my Ross Yana green gold mix and I'm trying to add color only in the areas where I can see a little bit off a dock space so that that wig will actually start to look three dimensional. And the beauty of working with watercolor is that this layering technique, it's really easy. And you can, um, easily see where you will have to add more kind of and can really take your time to. Some are next week. Model will be this horse chest, not twig. As for my pain, I can see that this is a very nice light brown with a tiny bird off a reddish a nutter. So I will actually this raw I'm a and I will actually add just a little bit off. Violet, this is dioxin. See and violent. You can see it gives a little bit of a red, too to my brown. And this just what I want for for this twig and I will test it on my scrap paper and you can see it comes pretty close. So our work with this I will add the color for this terminal bud later. Right now, we're just focus on on the elements here and for this but I will take the same. No, I'm but But I will add a dark red to the mix because, as you can see, this has a much more reddish brownish tune you can see. I'm softening the edges off my washes here with a very lightly damped brush. So just going over it again and again. Andi sometimes airing but off color back in so that the Etch won't appear as hard. You can see that around these guys. It's actually a little bit DACA, so I'm adding in very thin dark lines. And then we have thes left missiles and they actually a bit later. So I will at thes with my Jell Pim. Yeah, and I've added a little bit off highlight with my gel pen to make it a little bit more more life, Lee. So my next week is from Beech Tree. It's really fragile and delicate. I will actually use that technique off tracing this time here. So this time I'm starting with the twig and I'm adding a bit darker, washed, then for the last one, seeing as it's DACA overall, I'm still trying to keep it really lose and dynamic because I don't want to over work This - Another nice technique that you can use in combination with watercolor are colored pencils, and I'm going to show you how to do this. So if you have laid down here first wash with a light watercolor wash, then you can use your colored pencil toe. Add a little bit more off texture and structure, and I'm going to try and show that to you here. Un just making the spot a little bit. Read A and Docker. You could also add a detailed drawing off one off the butts, which I'm going to attempt here with all of the scales just going back in adding another layer. So each layer you ed will also add a little bit more off dimension to you, twig. So after showing you these different wigs, I actually wanted to try something a little more dynamic a little more complicated. And I thought about this pint wig, so I thought it might go up here. I think it has very interesting graphic. Look to it on. I'm actually thinking off, going all in and doing this with my dip nip. So, as I said, you can also use you're your pencil or a pen. If you comfortable with that, I just want to try something a little more different and do this with a dip nip. So I will. As a help for myself. I will draw in a few off these loose lines so that I have rough Marcus that I can refer to . I want to use this grayish Inc for this so that I can hopefully add a bit off color at the end on Okay, let's just see how it goes. Okay? I really like the loose. Look off this. As you can see, often these needles come off and pass, which you can see this year. They there's always one pair coming off. So just then, just taking a quick look. How this looks on my page. It's beautiful. I think I won't. I will add another element here. So a good way to start thinking about complicated shapes like this is with negative shapes . So actually, when I'm looking at this year, then I'm not looking at what the tree, what the leaf looks like because it's very contorted and very crumpled, and I can't get my brain wants to draw you know a nice leave and all. I get us this contorted mass, so I actually tried to look at this space that it makes on the paper. So this negative space, the same thing, goes for this structure. I first I'm looking at this line, and then I look at these shapes that develop when I look at the leaf, and this way it's a little bit easier to lay down thes fairly complicated shapes and put them down in a way so that they can still relate to each other. So I still want to add a little bit off color to this and doing it with a very light wash off watercolor. This will actually enable me to make some of thes leaves a little bit thick up and tow air a few. And this is but where this is just some peril in green water down to the very might wash. So this gives a nice piney green unless you can see the water color gifts, the leaves a little bit more three dimensionality, and that's all I'm after here. So right now I'm just adding, then wash off burnt sienna a little bit more concentrated and the areas that are in shadow . One last thing I want to er to these hope leaves are thes little dark spots for the last empty spot on this page, I'm going back to my twigs, and I actually want to do these little ella flowers here. So while I was waiting for this one to dry, I actually felt the last corner off my page with a little oak twig. And, um well, this waiting to rhyme I want to add a little bit off structure like the texture to do these out of this l a twig. And I'm going to go over the water color with Doc. I think this CPR colored ink I'm just trying to rand now, these but our Scalea structure that I can see here trying not to over worker, but still trying to get a good amount of detail in for this kind of work. Um, variable and a little bit broken lines are always more interesting than simply continuous lines. - Okay , I'm quite pleased with how this turned out. And the last thing that I'm going to add to this page is a little bit off description again , like with my last page off recent West. I don't really have room for extensive notes, but this is fine. If you do have, um, ideas, thoughts or observations, and you don't have a full page like me that absolutely feel encouraged to add notes, because this makes a nature journal so much more interesting. And I think it's also it can be a wealth of knowledge that's in your observations. So please absolutely feel free to add your own notes and observations to these pages because this isn't just as it might look here, as if it's a strictly visual journal. But it can absolutely be full of text notes and written out. So please make use off this. - All right, I think this page is finished. It looks good to me. I hope you had a great time exploring twigs, and that's with me. And I hope you found this helpful exercise 7. Drawing Cones in Pencil and Watercolor: and let me show you what we're going to work with. So these are what's the's are different codes, as you can see. So the top two are Furcal's, and here is another one and slightly dishevelled state. And here we have some little a corns with hills. So, um, you can see, um, intact for cone, and it's still gives up off a nice, nice smell. Really like this. And you can see the same kind of cone here with bits and pieces chewed off. So this probably waas a mouse. They're really orderly and lever a need finished, so to speak. When they're finished with them, you and sometimes they go up all the way for the whole cold and probably the mouse waas, I don't know, interrupted and couldn't finish. And what they want to to have are these little seeds that are inside the cone on Dhere. Don't below. We have a comb that was probably attacked by a squirrel, so squirrels usually are more messy. And when the part of part of the cone is partially eaten and things are just pulled out, then that probably wasa squirrel. So mice are really orderly square worlds are really messy when eating cones, and then we have these little icons here, and as you can see, they have these little holes and that's you to a special kind off beetle that has specialized on a cones. And they actually they lay their eggs into the cone into the acorn in spring on summer, and then the metamorphosis takes place. And when the young beetle comes out, it makes this whole and then crawls out. So that's another type off, um, animal track that you confined in winter. I So when drawing detail items like this, you don't actually have to, um, render everything so you don't have to draw every scale that you can see. You can simply leave out eater on. I will start by just trying to get the overall shape for this, - and you don't have to draw in more than this on. I think most off this can be done with mix off raw sienna and I'm, um, mix off transparency. Anna. Transparent amber. So a nice, warm brownstone Andi again, I will see if the color this right and then I can start to add bit off detail. It's a little bit off Indian red have to be about a little bit careful with, um, Indian Red because it's a opaque paint, so it will leave very intense marks, and that is not always, um, desirable. So So the next cone I will place around here and again, I will start with my rough sketch, just basic shape, and then go in and add more detail. And these destroyed cones are again an excellent A way to practice weird shapes and for shortening and all of the's a little more complicated drawing concepts that you will come across when drawing nature. So don't be afraid, because this looks a little bit complicated. You will get the hang of it when you practice it for a while. And since I have already indicated shadow areas with my pencil, I can no at watercolor layer fairly quickly without being too afraid that I will make mistakes. And this is wrong number, which is a very nice, cool gray tone, so you don't always need different colors on, uh, different pains. Sometimes a one color wash will be all you need, and it's already enough to give the object that you have drawn, um, an interesting shape and three dimensionality again leaving a little bit of space here for my text elements. So I've just indicated, uh, very light layer off raw number for the shadows. And I won't add a little bit off Udoka for the lighter part off these nuts. I will know at my notes to this page. As I explained earlier, this will be about, um, the animals that were feeding on these different types of cones and the cones. So I'm going to take my notes in German. Just that you aren't, um, surprised. And this is it. This is my finished page for this exercise. 8. Painting Birds in Watercolor: So for our last exercise in this class, I want to try something a little bit differently and that is drawing birds. So I love drawing bird's eye and we're almost daily and yeah, this will probably lead into another class, especially about drawing birds. And I just wanted to show you how this can look when you do it in your nature journal. So here we have some birds. I, um, observed from my window. These are garden birds, that kind of finch lettuce, local. Here. Chapin's Here are other types of garden goods. These are kind of thrush like this Red wing and this feel fair. So these are just a quick studies of birds that I observed in their natural surrounding, and I thought it might be fun to give you a little limbs off the joy that is drawing a painting birth. So, as you can see, these are not very detailed. These finches are a little bit more detailed, and I did thes from reference photos, So usually when I draw on the field, it looks more like this. So I try to get you know, the posture and the behavior off the bird and I really try to observe and make my own notes and really try to capture a little bit off the character off off the this bird. So while I waas out and about and looking for interesting things that we could sketch together, I saw a few different birds, and I thought it might be fun to sketch two of them on this last page. If you draw birds from reference photos, then please make sure that you use photos that are either your own or, um photos with, ah, license that you can use so usually a creative Commons license and our websites like Pixar bay dot com, where you can find photos with free licenses. So there are copyrights to photos, and please don't go just until the Internet and copy some copy the photos that you confined in Google because that can lead to copyright problems. So the first bird I wanted run this session is a J, So what I usually start with when I'm drawing birds is the bill and the head, and then I will try to just rough in the shape that I can see, and it's always a good idea to at the I fairly at the beginning, and you can work from there on, and it's usually best to keep it quiet lose so that you can make corrections to your drawing s with every drawing that you do. Really? So this bird has a few interesting markings that will help me, um, to sketch it when I'm done with ahead. I usually go for the rest off the body of the mass and the wings fairly quickly. And for drawing birds, it definitely helps to have a lot of practice. So if you're just starting out and, um, can't seem to get good, grab on a good grasp on on your bird, then don't despair. This will. This is fun, and it will come after a while. Okay, Now I have all the features off the word roughened in also some of the feather groups here , and I can go on and add a few more details and pencil. Now, what can really help you when you're just starting to make your sketch is add the dark in the eye so this will make the bird common live instantly. So now, now it looks at you. Can you see this and the eye is actually a bit too should be closer to the beak. So I will just redo this. So wanted for drawing birds on twigs on branches is to draw the little feet first on. Don't spend too much time on the feet because they're usually they seem a little bit complicated and Scalea And if you spend too much time on them, you will draw attention to them. So rather spend your time on the eye on the beak so that you will focus your attention on on there. So, um, but sitting on twigs draw in the feet and then draw in very light lines the indication off , but weak or a branch so that your bird can sit on it so that won't make your feet too long . And yeah, As for the other basics, you saw that I started with the big and the head and then the I, And then I continued to draw in the body and, um, the the wing and I tried to indicate a few off the details off the wing. So when you start out, maybe try starting with the birth that doesn't have so many different areas off wing detail because that will make it a little bit more complicated. Okay, I think I'm ready now. And this is, um, really enough to start with your watercolor. I will, um, trying at some some watercolor wash washes now to this, and we will keep it really sketchy, Really basic. So this iss, um transparency, Anna and a little bit of Indian red. I will just indicate these dark areas, um, in the head and the neck here. So I want to go in with my black now for the I because I think that's almost the most important part off this bird. So the belly off the bird is in this light reddish brown color, and I will simply take a very dilute ERT wash off the color that I mixed earlier have to pay a little bit attention, because this isn't dried yet, so I really have to be a little bit careful. So the most prominent feature off this bird is this little patch of feathers here which are light blue, and I'm just adding this very bright blue here now, and I will go over this with a little bit off black when this area has dried, so this is, um, a mixture off Taylor blue and kobo took waas. So now that this area has dried, I can easily add in my black markings on get these beautiful blue black feathers. And sometimes you can find those feathers here when you go for a walk or go hiking. So remember that, um, back when people used to wear heads, um, some men would stick these feathers onto their hats. So So that would be my quick watercolor sketch off Jay and another bird that I saw on my walk outside Waas the green woodpecker. And this is another bird that sometimes even comes into guns. And usually you can see it in parks or in the forest on dumb. It's a really beautiful Greenberg that makes a lot of noise and usually could see it first before you. You can hear it first because before you can see it, and yet it has a really lively green color to it and because it usually sits on a tree, I'm hoping that I can just sketch it here. Wild sits on a tree, so let's see. I will have to tackle this a little bit differently, so I'll actually start with the feet and the body and go from there. And I hope I will get the shape right. So remember what I said about negative shapes. This is a perfect time to, um, to practice this can already see I made a mistake, so I'll just start over. So So what I'm looking at now is not the, um the body off the bird itself. But this shape here between the tree and the bird, that's a very helpful to get going with us. So I kept my shape down with this negative shape, I can still refine it. So this, um, this doesn't have to be the end of it all. I think we're on a good path. If you're drawing birds, you have to, um, let go off the things that you think you see and just draw the shapes that you see, even if they might feel weird. So they will probably be the right shapes. So since this is a sketch, I wanted to make a few color and notations to help me remember the color. And this is especially helpful when you only have a short time to observe a bird and want to get the colors right or have ah them a way to remember the colors to add details when you're back home or when the bird has flown away. So there's actually something I do quite often when I'm outside and sketching birds, okay? And I think this is already enough. These two birds are actually on almost the same size, so these are not proportionally. These are not true to to the actual sizes off bird. But since this is a sketch site, this doesn't matter as much again with this bird. I want to add a little bit of color now, and we have some interesting intense colors for this bird. So, for example, there's a really beautiful it has this these red areas, um, on the top off the head, which I will probably draw paint and first. So this is beautiful, the 1,000,000 red, - so I can see that this belly area is looking a little bit patchy. So what I will do is just take a a little bit off gray, just very light wash and go over all of it, so that will immediately make this belly area a little bit more. I will fear more rounded Don't just take out but you again. Okay? And that doesn't really That's, um maybe just make the wing area, but DACA at another layer off green. So I hope you've enjoyed the sketching process for these two birds. And these are really quick sketches that you can do as I said, to keep note of different colors or to get a poster down. And you can also note your new observations on by any means make more detailed drawings and paintings off the birds s you as you study them further. So I really hope you enjoy these lessons, and I'm excited to see word you will come up with. 9. Share Your Sketches: So I just wanted to do a quick review off the drawings and pages that we did together in our nature journal. And yeah, we started with this quick landscape. Something will sketch and then continue to do some tree silhouettes in pencil. And then I showed you this whole page off different twigs and buds with watercolor and ink . And then we did some studies off different cones and acorns and, yeah, observed how different animals. Yeah, feed on these and leave their their tracks and markings. And lastly, I showed you to birth sketches that I did quickly with pencil and watercolor. And I hope you had fun in these lessons and learned a little bit and got some ideas for your own journaling activities. And I would love to see what you come up with, a zay said, drawing and painting. And winter doesn't have to involve being outside all the time. So there plenty off ideas that you can bring home or observed from your window. And so I hope that I will see a lot off your drawings and paintings from your Nature journal in the Project Gallery 10. Final Thoughts: So I hope you've enjoyed this class about drawing nature and winter. We've looked at different topics You can explore in your sketchbook in the cold season, and there are lots of possibilities to draw and paint nature even in this less active time off the year, and we've explored the shapes of trees, different kinds of twigs, the birds and the weather and a few others. I showed you my step by step process for nature, journaling in winter and my favorite tools. And you've also seen that nature journaling and doing sketchbook exercises as a part of your creative routine can help you for all kinds of projects. And at the very least, you will get better at drawing. By doing this regularly, make sure to follow me here on scale share to get notified about new classes and that also left to hear what you think. So I'd be happy if you left a review for this class. If you want motives and resource is about nature, journaling there and be sure to check out my block and remember getting better at drawing and observing will only happen if you do it regularly, so make sure to get out there and draw a lot. Thank you very much. I hope this was a useful class for you. And see you outside and here on skill share. 11. Bonus: Nature Impressions - Take A Walk With Me: So I am just starting mile journey for today with you, and I'm looking for some interesting tweaks tree silhouettes, maybe some animal tracks and whatever I can find on the way. And so you can see weather is a little bit moody. It's actually the suddenness out right now, but I've already encountered some rain and snow, and it's really, really windy, so I hope you can can hear me. So let's see what we can find outside. So I'm actually in the park now to make some photos of tree silhouettes. I just wanted to show you this massive oak tree behind me. It's really, really big, and I'm not sure if it doesn't seem as massive in the video because my head is so big, but it's really it's actually. Do you see this little offense? They have have erected a fence around it so people don't step too close to the tree because some parts might follow. It's really beautiful