The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds


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$26.00  $24.18
Heyday Books
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8.4 X 0.4 X 10.9 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

John (Jack) Muir Laws is a scientist, educator, and author, who helps people forge a deeper and more personal connection with nature through keeping illustrated nature journals and understanding science. His work combines science, art, and mindfulness. He observes the world with rigorous attention, looks for mysteries, plays with ideas, and seeks connections in all he sees. Jack teaches techniques that make, observation, curiosity, and creative thinking a part of everyday life. Visit his website at


"Tips that only an expert could provide are included throughout. Bird-watchers will be pleasantly surprised to discover how helpful this book can be toward fully seeing and understanding the birds they spot." -- -- "Library Journal"
"I have read through Jack Laws's Guide to Drawing Birds, and my only comment is that it is outstanding both from an artistic and ornithological perspective. I wish I had such a book when I first began to draw birds." -- Robert Petty, Director of Field Support "Audubon"
''At some point, I expect more than a few birders have tried (or at least considered) drawing their favorite bird. There is something quite natural about wanting to do this. If you are one of these birders, and even if you are not, take a look at the newly published Guide to Drawing Birds, and find out why I believe it is a must-have book..." -- -- "10,000 Birds"
''Best Bird Book Pick for the Holidays: perhaps the most visually stunning bird book of the year, an insanely beautiful and useful guide to not only drawing and painting but seeing birds.'' -- -- "The Birdchaser"
''If you've ever even remotely considered drawing birds, you will find Guide to Drawing Birds eyeopening, and then essential.'' -- -- "The Birder's Library"
''Even those who may not consider themselves qualified to wield a pencil for anything more than writing a grocery list might well come to discover just how enjoyable and effective as a learning exercise sketching birds can be...The techniques he demonstrates can be applied in as rudimentary or as polished a form as one likes." -- -- "BirdWatcher's Digest"
''Naturalist John Muir Laws has produced more than a guide to the techniques of drawing. He has drawn on a lifetime of work in conservation and wildlife biology to connect drawing with the actual lives of the birds.'' -- -- ""
''A beautiful new book...not simply for ''gifted artists'' but for anyone who wants to heighten their appreciation of birds and nature.'' -- -- "Golden Gate Birder"
''Tired of merely watching birds? Ever consider trying to draw them? There s a method to do so. John Muir Laws is very good at this and he's written a book that can help you get started, maybe even become good at it yourself.'' -- -- "National Geographic Society"
''A good introduction for those wanting to learn how to draw birds.'' -- -- "Guardian UK"
''The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds is a fine recommendation for any involved in drawing, birds, or birdwatching and any crafts or arts collection will want it." -- -- "Midwest Book Review"
''I would highly recommend this book to someone... who'd like to be less intimidated by the thought of drawing birds.'' -- -- "National Parks Traveller"
''John Muir Laws has created a quintessential field guide for drawing birds that can be used by people of all skill levels, young and old. This book could cause a renaissance of the illustrated journals and sketchbooks of earlier times.'' -- -- "San Francisco Book Review"