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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 01 May 2018
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782214922
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 160
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP Price: £12.99
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Drawing Birds


by Andrew Forkner

Book Description

An expert guide to producing beautiful lifelike drawings of birds in their natural habitat.

This book is an expert guide to producing beautiful lifelike drawings of birds in their natural habitat. Artists of all interests will find a lot to inspire them in this detailed, practical and beautiful guide on drawing birds. The book includes sections on materials, basic techniques and reference gathering, as well as how to draw the key features of birds such as beaks, eyes, claws, wings and feathers. A special section focuses on birds in flight, and this is followed by chapters on the main bird groups including: Waders and water birds, Wildfowl, Birds of prey, Owls, Garden and woodland birds, Seabirds and Game birds.

Each chapter covers the techniques specific to the group as well as numerous examples and a full step-by-step demonstration. The absence of colour means that Andrew uses other aspects such as pattern, shading and shape to give his paintings life and interest. Written for artists who wish to apply their skills to drawing birds, as well as experienced artists who want to improve their drawing skills, this is an expert guide to producing exquisitely rendered, lifelike drawings of birds in their natural habitats and nothing could be more inspirational than Andrews accurately observed and truly beautiful drawings.

Table of Contents

The history of
drawing birds8
How to start18
Beaks and bills30
Bird groups40
Waders and waterbirds42
Common moorhen step
by step 44
Canada geese step by step52
Atlantic puffin step by step60
Birds of prey64
Lanner falcon step by step66
Snowy owl step by step74
Garden and woodland birds80
European goldfinch step by step82
Game birds88
Red-legged partridge step jby step90

About the Author

About Andrew Forkner

Andrew Forkner is a keen naturalist and has travelled the world in search of wildlife. His artwork has also travelled widely, with examples of his art in collections in the UK, Europe, Kenya, Canada, USA and Nepal. A self-taught wildlife artist, he works in a variety of media, including graphite pencil, acrylics and pastel to complete his originals. Andrew lives in Oxfordshire. He has produced several commissions for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, of which he has been a member for over thirty years.

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