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  1. Eleni says:

    Jack – Just wanna say THANK YOU with every breath and every cell of my mind and heart for your most generous, loving, helpful web site with all of these recordings and so much more. May you be forever supported in every way to continue this passion and gift to all of us.

  2. Rochelle Cohen says:

    I took your owl drawing classes through the Audubon society. I would like to know more about your books. Where can I find that information?

  3. Roy says:

    I just started Nature Journaling and your name came up on Bethan Burton’s podcast and I’ve been watching your videos. Your teaching is so refreshing and inspiring. And top quality.
    I’m 67 and have just started on my drawing and sketching journey and I thank you for your generosity with sharing such an abundance of knowledge and free resources. It inspires confidence.
    Thanks John.
    Western Australia

    • Jo from Melbourne, Australia says:

      I agree Roy, I recently stumbled onto John’s book of Nature Drawing and Journalling in the library, and thought I had found a slice of heaven in those pages – it’s fantastic. Then I googled John’s other books and found this website and could not believe his generosity providing all these resources. I have struggled for years to find a niche for my drawing and now I feel like my world just opened up ! Yesterday I spent 4 hours just observing and recording a strawberry plant in my garden ! Incredible!

  4. Olivia says:

    Hi there, I have just found your blog and love your tutorials!! I am going to share them with my daughters, but both they and I are real beginners at nature drawing. Could you recommend a good place to start? Perhaps some easier techniques or drawings that could begin building their confidence?

    Many thanks, and well done on producing awesome art tutorials!

    • John Muir Laws says:

      Let me know the ages of your daughters. Perhaps I could design a class specifically for their age and experience level. Could they join us for a Tuesday or a Thursday session?

  5. Jayme Sun Thomas says:

    I purchased your book, Jack, on drawing birds.. It was wonderful! I am a birder, though mostly I capture images of birds on my Canon. I am a Photo major in College.. I just purchased your book on Nature Journaling and am enjoying some of your courses in your blog archive. Thank you for helping me to draw birds and paint birds easier than I had before. I as well love the mammal drawing courses. I draw and paint all wild animals! I haven’t attempted drawing in the Wilderness yet. So far, I’ve drawn and painted from the images I’ve captured at the beach and in the mountains.

  6. Devi Eden says:

    Hi Jack,
    In one of your recent Tue or Thurs nature journaling Zoom sessions, you mentioned a favorite electric pencil sharpener you use in your office. I didn’t write down the name of it at the time. Can you refresh my memory, regarding the brand and name?
    Thanks much! Be well,

  7. Lee Kline says:

    I wish to subscribe to your blog. I found a signup for the Newsletter. Is that referring to the blog?

    I want to subscribe to your blog.


  8. Rachel DiPietro says:

    I just ordered your Guide to Drawing Birds. Thank you for providing this technical bird drawing book that has been sorely needed for a long time! I have already had previous courses involving work with wildlife, but this is a good start at re-learning those skills. I would like to add nature illustration to my professional skill set and have it as an additional vocation later on in my career.

    Is there a way these blog entries can be downloaded as full PDFs?

    Thank you again!

  9. patricia (pat) lefroy says:

    hi there Jack…i learned about you a couple of years ago from my watercolour teacher here in North Vancouver, B.C. have just been homebound with a nasty cold for 3 weeks & now figure i have logged my “10,000 hours” of watching your demo videos ( hahahahah) taking great notes/following your demos! so much great info & tips…cant wait to get out there & practice my new skills…you are a teacher/naturalist extraordinaire & i’m so glad to know you…now regularly follow your blog!! thankyou for all your awesome blogs/videos!

  10. Mary Bernstein says:

    I attended the 2/25 lecture you gave at Arastradero re journaling (part of the curriculum for the Grassroots Ecology Cal Naturalist training).

    You spoke about a “zyrgenic effect” – I’m not spelling it right because I can’t find any references to the concept. It had to do with profiling or heuristics, the tendency of the brain to take shortcuts or make generalizations in the absence of focused attention.

    Could you provide the proper terminology or a reference?

    Thanks much – the lecture gave me a lot to think about.


  11. Nancy Adair says:

    Hi john I was looking at your book on drawing birds. I am new to drawing and never had a formal class. I am wondering if this book is good for newbies. For me to spend this much money is difficult. I am disabled and on a fixed income. Just want to be sure it is a good buy at my level. Thank you for your input.

    • John Muir Laws says:

      Hi there Nancy. I think you would enjoy the book. There is a mix of basic and advanced techniques in the book. My favorite book for a beginning drawer is Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

  12. Lori Bayer says:

    I just ordered your book :Laws guide to drawing birds. I came across some of your videos on you tube and am now interested in learning more about drawing from nature. We’ve recently moved to the Low Country of SC (Daniel Island) and everyday is a wonderland here…
    I’m a new artist, but like you said…practice makes anyone good…THANK YOU!!

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