WOW…to say that I am happy is close to an epic understatement! I know I’ve got plenty left to learn (like white feathers), but if you’d told me a week ago that I could produce this, I would never have believed you. As a friend also enrolled in the Drawing Birds with Colored Pencil class said, I attribute this utterly to the quality of the instruction! Who knew that if you just take it step by step, following Val’s instructions, that every single one of us that has shared a photo has been able to do this, and this well? WOW! Once again, here’s the link to Val Webb’s website.
This week’s lesson was first about eyes, highlights, and the “caustic”, the place where the light the creates the highlight in the eye comes out on the other side of the eye…a sort of “shadow” highlight. Then we moved on to drawing this ferruginous hawk from a photo. Holy Schmoly, I did it!
Here is where I began:
And the final with the photo for comparison:
Each week for 8 weeks, Val posts a lesson on her website. You download handouts, watch videos on the website. Access is for four months–for her Lettering class she made a DVD with the online videos which you could buy if you wanted. The cost of the 8-week class is only $50–a major bargain! Even buying the CD for an additional $24 kept the class in the eminently reasonable price range. I hope that over time she’ll be able to make additional DVDs available, as watching her draw in real time is SO helpful! Anyway, gotta run! Chores need doing!