Win a Copy of ‘The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds’

Win a Copy of ‘The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds’

A new book offers a novel array of tips that are easy and rewarding to follow.

By the Audubon Editors
Published: 08/15/2013
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Since a child I have been

Since a child I have been fascinated by the natural world and birds in particular. I believe that by understanding and sharing our love for birds we can help preserve their diversity and habitat. I would love to have this book so that I may learn how to capture their beauty on paper and share my knowledge with others.

I have had a great love and

I have had a great love and respect for birds for as long as I can remember. My.first pet was a p arak event when I was 8. I also loved to draw, and would spend hours studying and drawing my feathered friend. From him I learned that birds have personalities, emotions, and more intelligence than they are given credit for having. After I retired, I took up Chinese brush painting. I would love to be able to combine some great bird drawings or paintings using the tools I have acquired over the years with the flowers and bamboo paintings that I have learned to do. I like to listen to classical music when I draw, which seems to help me produce very realistic drawings of my dogs, cats, and friends. This book sounds like it would fit perfectly with my own philosophy of drawing, and my desire to capture on paper the lovely creatures on the bird feeders outside my window.

It all started with a

It all started with a friendly towhee who hopped onto the front doorstep the morning after I'd bought my house. How could I not feed him? He was so engaging a personality that I began to sit on my front doorstep and draw him while he ate. More birds came to the table and I began to make serious trips to the feed store. I replanted my garden to give me more flowers and to make it more bird-friendly. Seasonal travelers began to appear, sometimes staying only a day, other times for weeks. My pleasure in watching and listening to the birds has greatly increased but drawing a figure in motion remains a challenge. John Laws' book would help me so much and deepen the pleasure of an already addictive practice: watching birds and drawing them. I'm taking drawing classes in order to develop basic drawing skills but Laws' insights would speed me along.

My husband had a stroke over

My husband had a stroke over a year ago and last winter he got so much pleasure from watching the birds at the feeders. He may find the idea of drawing birds interesting and it would help with his fine motor skills and concentration.

My passion is painting and

My passion is painting and drawing. Lately I have encountered a challenge about perspective since my latest painting had to do with different angles related to round objects and birds. Not having a photograph to go back for reference it is very complex to finish the drawing. Looking forward hearing from you. The book will help me bringing my passion along with the appropriate dimensions of birds in my composition. Thank you for the opportunity.

Olga Salamanca

This looks like a beautiful

This looks like a beautiful book! And I love to draw and illustrate. I would love to own a copy to improve upon my drawing skills. Thank you Audubon!

I've taken a drawing class

I've taken a drawing class from Jason Poole, paleoartist and curator at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University, and it just seem natural to use "The Guide to Drawing Birds" to improve my drawing of the decedents of dinosaurs.

I grew up with the Audubon

I grew up with the Audubon pocket books. I would love to add this lovely edition to my collection.

Can seem to get this to

Can seem to get this to submit
Gerald may

This book looks wonderful. I

This book looks wonderful. I have four children that do nature study and get frustrated that they can't draw our more than 50 bird species in our backyard. I think this book would be prefect for them.

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