The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling

Gold Medal, 2016 Foreword INDIES Book Awards

The ultimate guide to nature drawing and journaling! A potent combination of art, science, and boundless enthusiasm, the latest art instruction book from John Muir Laws (The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds) is a how-to guide for becoming a better artist and a more attentive naturalist. In straightforward text complemented by step-by-step illustrations, dozens of exercises lead the hand and mind through creating accurate reproductions of plants and animals as well as landscapes, skies, and more. Laws provides clear, practical advice for every step of the process for artists at every level, from the basics of choosing supplies to advanced techniques. While the book’s advice will improve the skills of already accomplished artists, the emphasis on seeing, learning, and feeling will make this book valuable—even revelatory—to anyone interested in the natural world, no matter how rudimentary their artistic abilities.


“Holds strong crossover appeal among environmentalism, earth sciences, hiking, and art instruction.”—Heather Halliday, Library Journal


“This beautiful art book will teach you how to be ‘still, quiet, and attentive…to organize your thoughts, piece together answers, and ask richer questions.’ The overall goal is to stimulate your curiosity, and you won’t find a better guide.”—Foreword Reviews


“More than anything a thorough instructional guide to thinking like a naturalist—Laws is, after all, one of the world’s foremost naturalists.”—Tamira Jones, Earth Island Journal


“Those new to drawing and journaling will find it an amazing resource, while veteran creators will appreciate the depth and specificity of Laws’ tips and hacks. All, however, will find inspiration—this book will elevate the wonder that lies in us all.”—Kim Wyatt, Lake Tahoe News


“An outstanding survey, highly recommended for aspiring nature artists who want details on how to use journaling and art to best advantage.”—Midwest Book Review


“Even if you are not an avid naturalist, you will appreciate the effort and artistry that goes into recording the beauties of nature. But if you want to record your own experiences, this book is an essential guide.”—Kids' BookBuzz

About the Author

John Muir LawsJohn Muir Laws is a naturalist, educator, and artist, with degrees in conservation and resource studies from the University of California, Berkeley; in wildlife biology from the University of Montana, Missoula; and in scientific illustration from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a 2010 Audubon TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Fellow and has received the Terwilliger Environmental Award for outstanding service in environmental education. Visit his website at