The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds

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“I wish this book had been available to me when I was starting out, because it is filled with tips and tricks that took me decades to learn.” –David Allen Sibley, artist and field guide author, in his foreword to this book

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With a foreword by artist and field guide author David Allen Sibley. Drawing birds opens a world of beauty and sharpens our ability to observe accurately and deeply. The ability to draw is not a gift you are born with but a skill that anyone can develop. Whether you are a birder wishing to quickly sketch birds or an artist who want to understand and accurately depict birds in your paintings this is the book for you. The demonstrations and material in this book has been developed and refined in hundreds of workshops and will give you the techniques and knowledge you need to draw birds. Preview pages from the book and order your copy now. Read published reviews.

Learn how to:

  • focus on the most important aspects of a bird in a quick sketch.
  • suggest the texture of bird feathers.
  • observe and capture critical proportions of different species.
  • understand and accurately depict a bird’s wing.
  • draw bird beaks, eyes and feet.
  • foreshorten and rotate your drawings to any angle.
  • render the angles and curves of birds with long necks.
  • draw birds in flight.
  • develop techniques for adding color with colored pencil or watercolor.
  • sketch in the field when your subject can move or fly away.
  • avoid common pitfalls in bird drawing.

Additional information

Weight21 oz
Dimensions11 × 8.5 × .4 in

1 review for The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds

  1. Pebbles The Ginger Cat

    I have purchased approximately a dozen books on drawing birds before I purchased this one. If I had found this book first I could have saved myself loads of money.
    This is absolutely THE best book for learning to draw birds out of all those available.
    It describes accurately and in detail, the anatomy, plumage, and physique of every type of bird.
    It shows you in simple to learn techniques how to draw, colour, paint and depict everything from small garden pipsqueaks up to large shore birds and birds of prey.
    After reading this book and copying the drawings and paintings it was like a light was turned on !
    Don’t waste your time and money buying any other book on bird drawing. Just buy this one – read it, do the drawings and become a bird painting master.

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