Favorite Sketching Tools & Techniques

Have you always wanted to draw while out in nature or sketch while you’re traveling? Watch my video that demonstrates seven of my favorite techniques, then see my list of the tools I use in the video.   Download the complete list of what I bring on a field sketching expedition. I keep a laminated copy of […]

Top 10 Benefits of Keeping a Travel Journal

Have you ever been traveling and noticed a person completely engrossed in the activity of journaling, perhaps with a somewhat dreamy expression on her face, and seemingly oblivious to the chaos around her? Perhaps you said to yourself “I should try that on my next trip.” I encourage you to follow that hunch, and here’s […]

Quick Tips for Sketching Backyard Birds

The tips below are geared towards birdwatchers of any age and skill level, although the practice of bird sketching can be especially useful for new birders in serving to strengthen your identification skills. Keep in mind that you are drawing from real life, not aiming for the precision and quality you see in the birding field […]

How to Draw A Leaf

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘leaf’? Likely, it’s something like an oak or maple, or an example from a plant that grows in your yard. But leaves come in a dizzying array of sizes, shapes, colors and most importantly, functions. We learn in grade school that leaves are for capturing the […]

How to draw a 3-D sphere in pencil

If you wish to improve your realistic drawing skills, it is great practice to draw three dimensional forms such as spheres, cones and cubes. These shapes are everywhere in nature – the sphere of a bird’s chest, the cone of a fir tree, the cube of a chunk of granite rock.  Mastering the depiction of basic […]