Drawing Birds: side, front, back and 3/4 views (video workshop)

Would you like to sketch the birds at your feeder and garden? Learn basic techniques to get the bird on paper while it is still in front of you and how to fill out the drawing from memory and reference once it has flown the coop. In this workshop we explore drawing songbrids from the side, front, rear, and front and rear 3/4 views. These fundamentals can be applied to draw birds from any angle.

Sketchnotes by Mark Simmons

4 thoughts on “Drawing Birds: side, front, back and 3/4 views (video workshop)

  1. JC says:

    John, I have been delighted to discover your methods of capturing the essence of birds in nature. Your techniques help add interest and value to even the simplest sketches.

  2. Jack,

    I appreciated the new change of technique for drawing birds. Similar to your crane-drawing technique. This makes capturing the posture (unique pose) take less time.

    I’ve found I’m really quite good at drawing a bird from a photo if I have 3-6 hours (graphite or realistic colored pencil). Not so good in the field for nature journaling….

    Thus recently I have taken to drawing 10-second gesture sketches using the slideshow feature of my pBase bird photos. I do about 25 drawings in a row. Besides making me faster with practice, this has the added benefit of quickly getting me in the mood to draw (Mihaly’s “flow”).

    If your class wants more bird photos (primarily Oregon and California) for drawing practice you hereby have permission to use from my pBase photos from the website link below. Over 5700 images, mostly birds, but a few other non-birds (dragonflies to whales), too.

  3. Thank you, John, for your continued contributions to nature, science, and journaling.

    Your new process for capturing the songbirds quickly and accurately already feels much more intuitive and natural for me. I created a pdf from Mark Simmons’ wonderful Sketchnotes and printed two copies out to insert into my copies of your books, “Nature Drawing and Journaling” and “The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds.” The Sketchnotes will be a constant reminder when I review the volumes.

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