Book arts, hand lettering, sketching

Book arts, hand lettering, sketching

Sunday, July 1, 2018

"Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows." Henry David Thoreau

Summer is here and observing birds started in March. I photograph for several months and have a backlog of images to draw from. Going out nearly everyday and just observing helps develop a keen eye and a delight in seeing the variety of behaviors in all the animals. Not to mention the calming experience of being outdoors and around the trees, plants, plains, and ponds. 

Below are pages from my notebooks where I've learned about drawing birds. Around this time of year I return to books about drawing birds by John Muir Laws and John Busby. I also learn from watching John Muir Laws YouTube videos of study sessions and instruction. He is a fine teacher and artist helping you to understand not only drawing birds but overall nature drawing and journaling. He breaks down the information and really inspires you to go out and try these techniques. 

Here is a link to his website:

I also greatly enjoy the books and art of nature artists Hannah Hinchman and Cathy Johnson. 

Below, I'm working from drawings of John Muir Laws to understand the basic structure and then further simplifying the structure to create more accurate looking sketches without too much detail. The drawings on the right in the two following photos are John Muir Laws and my studies are on the left. I have a habit of photographing my work in progress and/or holding it up to a mirror. I find in both processes that I can easily identify the areas I want to improve.

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