I received The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds as a gift. It is a wonderful book for anyone who wants to learn or improve on drawing birds. In addition to providing excellent instruction on how to approach drawing birds it covers their anatomy. As author John Muir Laws points out, “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.” I think this is an excellent point. When I want to draw a plant I learn about its form, how the leaves attach to the stem, how the petals attach to the corolla, etc.
After reading through the book I decided to start with the lesson on water fowl. As with most of the drawings in the book this one is not a finished piece, it is a sketch to capture the essential features and make sure proportions are correct. Rather than follow the book and use watercolor I added a bit of color with the brown shades of my Derwent Graphitint pencils.
Cheers! (or should I say quack!)