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The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds

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John Muir Laws's guide to drawing birds is itself winged, soaring between a devotion not only to art but also to the lives, forms, and postures of the birds themselves. Here, artistic technique and the exquisite details of natural history intertwine, and drawing becomes the vehicle for seeing. As Laws writes, "To draw feathers, you must understand how feathers grow, overlap, and insert into the body. To create the body, you must have an understanding of the bird's skeletal structure. To pose this skeleton, you ...

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Overview

John Muir Laws's guide to drawing birds is itself winged, soaring between a devotion not only to art but also to the lives, forms, and postures of the birds themselves. Here, artistic technique and the exquisite details of natural history intertwine, and drawing becomes the vehicle for seeing. As Laws writes, "To draw feathers, you must understand how feathers grow, overlap, and insert into the body. To create the body, you must have an understanding of the bird's skeletal structure. To pose this skeleton, you must be able to perceive the energy, intention, and life of the bird." This how-to guide will perfect the technique of serious arists but also, perhaps more importantly, it will provide guidance for those who insist they can't draw. Leading the mind and hand through a series of detailed exercises, Laws delivers what he promises: that "drawing birds opens you to the beauty of the world." An Audubon Book.

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This new guide to drawing birds comes from the naturalist author of a popular birding field guide series. Laws approaches the topic from both artistic and scientific vantage points, discussing anatomy, posture, and flight of a variety of species. Every page is packed with illustrations to show the drawing process in detail. Tips that only an expert could provide are included throughout. VERDICT Bird-watchers will be pleasantly surprised to discover how helpful this book can be toward fully seeing and understanding the birds they spot. This book will have good crossover value with hobby and bird-watching topics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597141956
  • Publisher: Heyday Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 132,157
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John Muir Laws is a naturalist, educator, and artist, with degrees in conservation and resource studies from the University of California, Berkeley; in wildlife biology from the University of Montana, Missoula; and in scientific illustration from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a research associate with the California Academy of Sciences. Visit his website at www.johnmuirlaws.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Helpful tips

    Book has good, easy to use tips on how to create bird drawings. Worth buying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Top book for bird drawing!

    Contains invaluable instruction, reference material, general and specific information about bird groups. It's also a drawing instruction book.

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