So John Muir Laws is amazing. Finally, a drawing book that cuts out the repetitive unnecessary and adds in the little key tidbits that normally you have to bang your head against a wall to get. Oh wait, that's what I have been doing! Some tips he has took me years to figure out. There definitely is an advantage to working it out on your own, but I sure would have wanted some of these tips at the beginning!
Playing with his strategy for drawing birds, I made these three postcards below. I referenced pictures I found online. One tool he uses that I have not really embraced is the water soluble pencil. I went to the art supply store and picked out pencils from three brands to test out. I personally enjoy the Faber Castell the most (4B), which was used in the chickadee below.
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