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Giveaway Time – Learn to Draw Birds!

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In celebration of Draw-a-Bird-Day this month, what better giveaway than a tool to help you learn how to do just that? One lucky winner will have the chance to improve their sketching, drawing, and doodling skills to help make their birding even better.

Giveaway Time

Learn to Draw Birds!

I have less than zero artistic talent, but drawing birds isn’t as hard as you might think. You don’t need to make field-guide-quality sketches or paintings that might belong in a gallery to enjoy drawing birds, and what you draw will help you learn birds even better. As you draw, you’ll see the details of field marks, color shades, and bird proportions – the length of the bill, the shape of the tail, the depth of the chest – more than ever before, which will help you identify birds more easily. But how to begin? The right book can offer guidelines, tips, and examples to help you learn basic drawing skills or to improve on your existing skills to take your birding and bird drawing to the next level.

The Prize to Win

The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds
The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds

This month, I am giving away one copy of The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds, a comprehensive instructional guide covering the basics, advanced anatomy, birds in flight, and introductions to a variety of techniques – watercolor, colored pencils, fast sketching, the differences necessary for field sketching, drawing birds in flight and more. With this book, your bird drawing will improve immeasurably!

The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds demonstrates with a variety of common species, including warblers, sparrows, raptors, ducks, wading birds, and hummingbirds, with many individual birds are illustrated as models for different tips and techniques. Even just studying the hundreds of sketches in the book will help you improve your own bird drawing skills!

Enter the Giveaway

To be entered in the random drawing for The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds, you only need to answer this question in the comments below:

What one bird would you most like to learn to draw?

For me, it would be that little bugger of a gnatcatcher that never sits still – at least with a drawing, I’d be able to get a longer look at the quick-moving flitter-budget!

Note: The giveaway is only open to participants in the United States. All entries must include a valid email address in the comment form so the winner may be contacted. The prize will ship directly from Be Your Own Birder (addresses are not shared, sold, or traded) via USPS with tracking information. By entering, all participants agree to the Giveaway Guidelines. Entries will close on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, when the winner will be randomly selected. Time to get your favorite sketchpad, scrap paper, pencils, paintbrush, or markers, and get to drawing!

Chickadee Sketch - Photo by Alex Hiam
Chickadee Sketch – Photo by Alex Hiam

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Stay tuned for the winner annoucement!

12 thoughts on “Giveaway Time – Learn to Draw Birds!

  1. John Simcoe

    I’m not a fan of them, but a European Starling seems like an interesting bird to draw. All those speckles and iridescent plumage creates some challenges

  2. Charles Zegers

    I love seeing the egrets and ospreys in the salt marsh near where I live… and I can never get close enough to take a good picture of either. So let’s say osprey.

  3. Janice Steel

    What bird would I most likely like to learn how to draw. That’s a difficult question there are so many wonderful wonderful birds. I think perhaps the bluejay or maybe the Florida State bird the Mockingbird. Being able to draw any bird or to sketch birds like in wild would be wonderful.

  4. Teresa Ho Robeson

    John Laws is an incredible nature artist! I already draw birds moderately proficiently but what I would love to be able to draw better are the various types of gulls. I find them very hard to get just right for some reason. 😀

  5. Kathy Flowers

    The black bellied whistling duck definitely intrigues me! This funny duck not only looks different, but lands in the very large trees in and around my backyard! I just have to chuckle at them standing high up in the trees or on top of the electric pole☺they have more of a loon-ish sound, and they fly in a pair or two at dusk in a very wide circle above the treetops and do their non-quacking duck song. I am from a family of artists, but was skipped over of that gift, so at 65, still can’t draw much of anything recognizable. Maybe I could draw a bird with some help!😄🐦

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