10 October 2012

Drawing made easy: 'The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds'

Artist and naturalist John Muir Laws recently released The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds, an art book giving tips and step-by-step instruction on how to draw birds.

“Birds are wonders of flight, beauty, song, and delightful behavior," says Laws, who has written multiple bird drawing books in the past.“Drawing birds opens you to the beauty of the world."

As someone who often has trouble following the vague artistic descriptions in many how-to drawing books, I found The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds easily understandable and fun.

Once I was finished following the bird making steps, I actually found myself looking down at a bird on my paper. As opposed to my usual frustrated scribbles and lines that have zero similarity to the structure of a bird except for its beak.

Along with the wonderful outcomes, The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds is a great learning experience both artistically and intellectually. Information is given on the nature and characteristics of each bird you attempt to create.

John Muir Laws is also a supporter of the Golden Gate Audubon Society, a California-based chapter of the national bird conservation organization, Audubon.

“Birds are fiercely alive, simultaneously vulnerable and resilient. Study them to quiet your mind. As you grow in patient observation, the world will open and you will be changed forever,” Laws states.

For more information click here.

Julia Fortney | email
Julia is a student who has a passion for veganism, animal welfare, and religious studies.

Photo credit: Laws Guide to Drawing Birds