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Guest post: Intro to Drawing Mammals with John Muir Laws

  • Feb 11, 2014 · 10:00 AM

John Muir (Jack) Laws is doing free sketching demonstrations at 5 different locations. This hour-and-a-half class will be repeated five times over two days throughout the Bay Area. See locations and times below. These events are free, but I strongly encourage you to put some money into Jack's donation bucket to support this work.

Tuesday February 11

Marin: Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary 10:00-11:20 AM

San Francisco Building 989 in the Presidio (behind the Warming Hut at Crissy Field) 12:30-2:00 PM

San Mateo County Edgewood Park Education Center, 3:30-5:00 PM

Wednesday February 12

Alameda County: Oakland Museum of California, 12:00-1:30 PM

Santa Clara County McClellan Ranch: Santa Clara Valley Audubon 3:00-4:30 PM

Here's the event description on Jack's website:

Learn the basics of mammal anatomy that are relevant for the field sketcher. Discover how subtle differences in skeletal structure make big changes the way an animal looks. Learn a few critical muscles that are prominent beneath the fur. Discover tricks for suggesting the feel and depth of fur without drawing in every hair. We will pay particular attention to and learn tricks to quickly draw large ungulates such as deer and elk in preparation for our Point Reyes field trip.


More information

See John Muir Laws' events page 
or the Nature Journal Club facebook page,

Note that this is a Guest Post: not an official SF Sketchers meetup, but a sketching-related event that might be interesting to some people in the group.

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  • Cheryl H.

    Amazing! I came home and sketched cats of all kinds using YouTube for inspiration. I planned on spending an hour and ended up with three! Then hunger took over. s usual Jack was inspiring, had good information and much much more..... Thank you Jack and all who organized this event.

    1 · February 12, 2014

  • Christene

    That was so great! Thank you for posting it, otherwise I would never have known!

    February 12, 2014

  • Thinh

    It was informative. I definitely learned something valuable in that short two hours.

    February 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't finally join you! So sorry! Enjoy it and learn a lot!;)

    February 11, 2014

  • Janet G.

    See you in Oakland on Wednesday. I love the bobcat drawing above.

    February 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I want to attend the San Francisco Session at Presidio!;)

    February 7, 2014

  • Christene

    I think the Oakland session is also easier for me to swing. Looks like fun!

    February 6, 2014

  • susan m f.

    I will attend the Oakland session

    February 5, 2014

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