Using Drawing Tools: Grids, proportional dividers, or apps

Using Drawing Tools: Grids, proportional dividers, or apps

Tips

When I was learning how to draw birds, I believed that a skilled artist would only draw freehand—that they would work strictly from observation, measure by eye, and produce an accurate depiction of the subject based on their drafting skills alone. No professional artist would ever use drawing tools like grids, proportional dividers, or an … Read More

Foot Tutorial: Tips for Bird Artists [Video]

Foot Tutorial: Tips for Bird Artists [Video]

Tutorial

Why is it that drawing bird feet is so challenging? Many artists struggle with getting an accurate depiction of this part of the bird. In this video tutorial, I’ll walk you through some of the structure of bird feet that will help you to gain confidence and draw them more accurately. Photo reference in this … Read More

Birdtober 2022 Photo Reference Stash

Birdtober 2022 Photo Reference Stash

Birds

It’s time to get ready for #Birdtober2022! In this post, I’ll be sharing photo reference for all the birds in the Birdtober2022 prompt list. Even though I’m no longer on Instagram, I plan to do my own version of Birdtober as a fun way to learn new skills and practice drawing birds. Here are a … Read More

Learn to Paint Podcast!

Learn to Paint Podcast!

News

I was recently interviewed by Kelly Anne Powers for the Learn to Paint podcast! Here’s how Kelly described our conversation: Yes we do talk about birds, but really it’s a conversation about details, realism, and setting up an art practice that works for you. In the conversation you’ll get some ideas for setting up focused practice, … Read More

Drawing Birds for Beginners – Live!

Drawing Birds for Beginners – Live!

News

Are you ready to start drawing birds? If you’ve wanted to learn how to draw beautiful, realistic birds then Drawing Birds for Beginners is for you! You will learn how to: Use pencil mark-making to depict feathers, bills, feet, and perches. Observe angles and measure proportions. Use hatching to create realistic feathers. Curate and preserve … Read More

Personal Practice as a Growing Artist

Personal Practice as a Growing Artist

Insights

As you probably already know, I draw birds every day—often several! What may surprise you, though, is that I am constantly at work on improving my skills and taking online classes to become a better artist. During the month of April, I wanted to explore this aspect of life as an artist, to dig more … Read More