Birds are much admired, revered and envied. They have featured in art for many thousands of years and our fascination with them continues. They do though pose a challenge to paint and are not always the most cooperative of models. This practical book explains in detail how to go about drawing and painting birds. By understanding their anatomy and recognising their type, the artist can learn a shorthand way to capture movement and attitude. With technique and colour mastered, style develops and a special scene can be captured uniquely forever. In this book, Tim Wootton explains bird types and how identifying specific similarities can help the artist; advises on painting in the field, using photographs and working in the studio; describes how to paint plumage and birds in flight; demonstrates how to compose a painting with emphasis on the birds' habitat; and gives insights into painting birds from 30 leading artists, as well as illustrations of their work, including John Busby, Robert Bateman and Charles Tuncliffe. Beautifully illustrated with 423 colour illustrations.
Author: Gordon MacKenzie
Release Date: 2000
Birds were born -- or rather hatched -- to be painted. But with all the different species, colors, poses and personalities, where is an artist to begin? Right here! In Watercolor Basics: Drawing and Painting Birds, Shirley Porter gives you what she wished for as a beginner: a single, simple source of essential information for the bird-painter. You'll find everything you need to get started -- from basic "bird stuff" (such as how a wing folds) to 24 step-by-step demonstrations that show you how to paint a variety of birds, poses and backgrounds. You'll even find bird-watching tips for spotting important characteristics that will make your subjects both recognizable and realistic. Painting your favorite feathered friends has never been easier -- or more fun!
Examples and illustrations feature over three dozen different artists and their varied sketching styles. Detailed step-by-step drawing instructions are helpful for both beginning and experienced artists.
Author: Jonathan Truss
Publisher: Southwater Pub
Release Date: 2012
Create beautiful studies of a variety of subjects in a range of media, and learn techniques for drawing feathers, scales and shells. With step-by-step tutorials and galleries of art, this is an essential guide for the amateur or professional artist.
Author: William T. Cooper
Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING
Release Date: 2011
Capturing the Essence is a step-by-step personal guide - by one of Australia's greatest living bird artists - to observing, retaining the essential information and then painting birds from field notes and sketches,photographs and other field observations. The author takes the reader through the processes involved in oil painting, watercolour and acrylic techniques, and a piece of art is built up in stages to demonstrate the skills required in each of these media. While the book covers some of the general basics relevant to various kinds of painting of natural history subjects, the concentration is very much on birds. Painting or drawing any subject well, gives great satisfaction. In this book the author hopes to help the reader become competent at drawing and painting birds, or at least to enjoy trying!
Paint 26 of the Best-Loved Birds Bird lovers rejoice! Here's a complete guide to help you paint lifelike birds using easy-to-master techniques. With Nancy Dale Kinney's clear step-by-step instruction, you'll achieve fast results without sacrificing details or quality. Inside Painting Your Favorite Birds Step by Step are 26 best-loved birds found around the world. From the American Robin to the English Robin, from the European Greenfinch to the American Goldfinch, you're sure to find your favorites! Kinney also includes simple instruction for creating delightful background effects and design elements such as flowers and branches to make your painting more stunning and realistic. Each element can be mixed and matched with your favorite birds to create exactly the effect you want.
Author: Walter Foster Creative Team
Publisher: Chartwell Books
Release Date: 2011-07-11
The first book to combine two powerhouse subjects and popular pastimes – bird watching and drawing. In this unique guide, readers will be instructed how to identify and attract over 45 popular species of North American birds, as well as learn how to draw them with step-by-step instructions. Each bird’s profile includes the following information: Range (including range map for each profile) Plumage for both male and female Length (in inches and centimeters) Weight (in pounds and grams) Wingspan (in inches and centimeters) Habitat Food Feeder food to attract Full-color photograph Following each profile, there are complete instructions for drawing the bird with colored pencils. The drawings can begin using the basic outline provide, or by freehand, allowing the book to be used by artists of all skill levels. An overview lesson on colored pencils, including basic color theory concepts and techniques, is included as well. Identify and Draw North American Birds features 47 of the most popular birds found in our backyards as well as along our seashores. It will delight artists and naturalist alike.
Release Date: 2012
This is more than a guide to drawing birds it is also an introduction to the lives, forms, and postures of the birds themselves.An imaginative field instruction book for really seeing and drawing birds by the bestselling author of the innovative field guides on the Sierra and San Francisco Bay.
This book provides everything beginning painters need to know in order to use light to get attention with their paintings, to set the mood and to express the time of day. They'll find invaluable advice on tools and materials as well as general information on how and why to use light in your paintings. Then readers will learn the important basics about knowing their light source and some practical techniques for painting both lights and darks. Finally, Morris shows them some simple ways to use light to set the mood for their paintings and a variety of problem-solving techniques. The perfect book for beginning artists trying to master the difficult skill of manipulating light, this is the latest volume in the highly successful Watercolor Basics painting series.
There's something compelling about the sight of a bird in nature ... it's a unique beauty that can't be improved upon. This guide will help you capture your subjects and their habitats realistically, in a variety of mediums. "I have always thought that as painters we are only limited by how much we can see," writes author Bart Rulon. And to help you make the most of your fieldwork, Rulon offers invaluable advice and instruction on sketching, photography and on-site painting. You'll also find a treasury of bird painting tips and techniques on such topics as building and using a "blind"; capturing feather textures and complex feather patterns; understanding bird anatomy, mechanics of the wing, how birds fly and grip a branch; painting nests and habitats; composing birds in groups; painting a bird's eyes; capturing the quality of light; and achieving color harmony in your paintings. Throughout, you'll be inspired by the work of some of America's top bird painters working in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, colored pencil and mixed media. Nine step-by-step demonstrations show how artists bring a variety of subjects to life. In addition, you'll find ideas for using shadows, unusual poses, action, lighting and camouflage to create unique and interesting paintings ... scenes that convey a sense of true wonder at the beauty and drama of the moment.
Author: Jeanne Filler Scott
Publisher: North Light Books
Release Date: 2013-02-18
Turn your love of animals into art you adore! From her family farm in Kentucky, artist Jeanne Filler Scott spends her days joyfully surrounded by pets, barnyard animals and wildlife. In this book, she shares her love of animals and her easy techniques for capturing their beauty and charm in acrylics, oils and pencil. 50 paint-along projects--complete with reference photos, color lists and illustrated step-by-step directions. Simple methods for realistic results. A wide range of subjects ranging from pets and farm animals to wildlife and exotics. Tips for achieving convincing fur textures, lifelike expressions and a variety of natural settings. A tremendous value for artists of every age and skill level, this big collection features the best instruction on a menagerie of subjects for your creative enjoyment--from loveable dogs, proud felines and cute bunnies to magnificent stallions and regal peacocks. With the help of this book, you can turn inspiration from your favorite animals into rewarding artwork.
Author: Mindy Lighthipe
Publisher: Walter Foster Jr
Release Date: 2017-11
The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration is a guide for contemporary artists aspiring to master shape, color, and texture and render beautiful, realistic, and vibrant botanical artwork! An expert botanical artist educates you about the tools and materials traditionally used in botanical illustration, including pencils, colored pencils, watercolor, gouache, and pastels. This thorough yet easily digestible guide includes overviews of key illustration techniques and basic color theory and mixing and is loaded with exercises designed to help you learn to see shape, value, and form. By learning to understand plant life and anatomy, you can craft elegant flowers, leaves, trees, and much more in no time! To bring it all together, The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration includes step-by-step demonstrations to follow along with as you practice taking sketches and transforming them into fully rendered, colorful pieces of fine art.