Learn easy tricks to create the texture of bird nests, suggesting overlapping fibers and grasses. Techniques demonstrated with graphite, watercolor, gouache, and gel pen.
Cast shadows are different than object shadows. Here are a few concepts and strategies to help you draw shadows on the ground or cast across other objects. Learn to make bug shadows and shadows beneath found objects in your nature journal.
Who knows what form lurks in the hearts of drawings… Learn to see and draw shadows on rounded and angular objects such as birds or deer. Revisit nuance of shadows that you thought you knew- is the highlight really where you think it should be? Where is the darkest part of a shadow? The shadow
How do you handle it when the critter you were drawing moves and how do you show movement in your drawings? Learn a handy set of nature journaling strategies to draw moving subjects and prepare yourself for the next beastie that won’t sit still.
White things are surprisingly hard to draw. With a few strokes, a white flower can turn gray. In this tutorial, we explore techniques for drawing white cottony seed pods, clusters of white flowers, and clouds.
Carolyn found a shiny water beetle near our house. When I painted it I got a rather dull looking drawing. In this video, I rework the sketch to make it look glossy. The trick is punching up the contrast. Please excuse problems with the sound sync on this video. I was able to correct most
Live workshop in which we construct a Wood Duck head and paint the iridescent areas. The trick to capturing iridescence is first to map out the locations of the colors. Then to block in the colors without muddying your colors. Then to add black or another dark value to the areas that are not reflecting
Join John Muir Laws for a live demonstration drawing hawk or eagle and duck heads from the front, 3/4 view and side. If you are enjoying my video workshops, consider making a small donation to support me and my work. Thank you!
Have you struggled to draw water with pencils or pens? In this workshop, we will explore waves, ponds, rivers, reflections, beaches, waterfalls, and open ocean using your handy BIC pen. The pen techniques can easily be adapted to pencil if you prefer that medium. If you are enjoying my video workshops, consider making a small donation to
Learn how to visualize form on spheres, cylinders, torus, and other organic shapes. We walk through creating latitude and longitude lines and how cross contour lines change directions on a curved object. These skills will significantly help you draw natural forms from life and memory.