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: 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: 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!
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!
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: Mark Bornowski
Publisher: Mark Bornowski
Release Date: 2014-01-21
Learn to draw beautiful, magnificent birds using pencil and watercolor. The book contains 28 chapters, 132 beautiful drawings and photographs on the Bald eagle, Raven, Sparrow, Warbler, Jackdaw, Common Starling, Cormorant, Red Crossbill, Black Bellied Duck, Green Woodpecker and Macaw Parrot. You will learn how to draw, beaks, feathers, heads, bodies and wings. Feathers can be difficult to draw however you will learn how to draw and shade feather patterns, individual feathers, and complex feathers in easy step by step exercises. And not only will you learn how to draw birds but you will learn how to draw using proven drawing methods like freehand, gesture drawing, line drawing, values, foreshortening, measure, how to use a grid and check your drawing. In the end you will learn how to train your eye to see the micro, render fine detail and solve difficult visual problems. Once you master these methods you will be able to draw anything.
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.
Rediscover a more child-like approach to creating with Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals! Through fun and creative exercises, Carla Sonheim teaches you to draw a variety of fun animals and creatures, including: - Dogs - Birds - Elephants - Fish - Cats - Rabbits - And many others You'll also find a variety of unique mixed-media techniques to help you bring your creatures to life, resulting in a unique finished art piece. Improve your drawing skills, expand your creativity, and learn new art techniques—and have loads of fun doing it!—with Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals.
Drawing and Painting Insects is a beautiful and inspiring guide. Whatever your experience, whether new to the subject or a seasoned entomologist, this book will help you capture the beauty of insects by helping you understand their structure and appreciate their behaviour, movement, colour and habitat. Advice on finding insects to draw and paint, including how to raise your own insect models; Guide to the anatomy and life cycles of the insect for the artist; Step-by-step demonstrations of drawings, looking at perspective, tonal values and mark-making techniques; Examples of watercolour and oil paintings representing insects in precise, scientific renditions through to more creative interpretations; Introduction to other uses of insect illustration, including printmaking, sculpture, leather and glass; Illustrated with examples and insights from leading artists. A beautiful and inspiring guide to drawing and painting insects, of inspiration to botanical artists, natural historians, wildlife artists and biologists. Gives advice on finding insects to draw and paint, understanding their structure, appreciating their behaviour, movement, colour, habitat and much more. Superbly illustrated with examples and insights from leading artists - 541 colour illustrations in total. Andrew Tyzack is a graduate from the Royal College of Art and is well known for his painting of beekeepers and engravings of bees.