Creative Lettering for Nature Journaling (video)

Have you wanted ways to add creative lettering to your Nature Journal pages? Learn “you can do it” techniques from a real master. Deb Brady is a nature enthusiast, who has been working as a sign artist at Trader Joe’s for the past 15 years and doing occasional freelance work in graphics and illustration.

My drawing process and practice (video lecture)

On July 3, 2018, I was invited to speak at The Foster, an amazing gallery, dedicated to the work of Watercolorist Tony Foster. Here I describe my process of creating the Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada and nature journaling.

Sketching with Ballpoint Pens (video workshop)

On a recent trip to Rwanda, I realized that I would fill my sketchbook long before returning home. I usually sketch with soft pencil and leave the opposite page blank so that facing pages will not smear each other. To conserve paper, I gave up the pencil and started sketching with a ballpoint pen. Within

Journal Wrangling (video)

The way in which you hold your journal makes a big difference in your ability to sketch in the field. Test these techniques with your journal to see what works best for you and the size of journal you carry.

How to draw scales

Learn the geometry of snake scales to help you sketch in the field. Don’t drive yourself nuts trying to copy every scale exactly. You can suggest scales with the X technique (demonstrated below), add a few details and you are good. Draw an x pattern over the back of the snake. Each of the scales will fit into

Nature Journaling Weekend

[I]mmerse yourself in art and nature in a weekend journaling workshop at Pepperwood Ranch in Sonoma. Keeping a nature journal that encourages discovery and curiosity is the most effective way to train yourself to be a naturalist. Explore and describe the wildlife, wildflowers, and landscapes on the pages of your journal and discover secrets and

How to draw shorebirds: Step by Step

Shorebirds are great subjects to sketch. They will hang out and nap in plain sight, do not hide in vegetation and will return to the same postures again and again (feeding, resting, sleeping, etc.). Once you are familiar with the basic structure, you can adapt it to drawing any shorebird by modifying the beak shape

Drawing Shorebirds

The shorebird migration is on all over the Bay Area. Drawing shorebirds will train your eye to capture the subtlety and nuance of shape and the contrast of size. At high tide, shorebirds will flock together making comparison and sketching much easier. Learn the details of wader anatomy that are relevant for field sketchers and

Drawing Shorebirds

The shorebird migration is on all over the Bay Area. Drawing shorebirds will train your eye to capture the subtlety and nuance of shape and the contrast of size. At high tide, shorebirds will flock together making comparison and sketching much easier. Learn the details of wader anatomy that are relevant for field sketchers and

Drawing Shorebirds

The shorebird migration is on all over the Bay Area. Drawing shorebirds will train your eye to capture the subtlety and nuance of shape and the contrast of size. At high tide, shorebirds will flock together making comparison and sketching much easier. Learn the details of wader anatomy that are relevant for field sketchers and