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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 13 April 2018
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782214922
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 160
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP Price: £12.99
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Drawing Birds

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by Andrew Forkner

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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

Introduction6
The history of
drawing birds8
Materials12
How to start18
BIRD FEATURES24
Wings24
Feathers26
Eyes28
Beaks and bills30
Feet32
BIRDS IN FLIGHT34
Bird groups40
Waders and waterbirds42
Common moorhen step
by step 44
Wildfowl50
Canada geese step by step52
Seabirds58
Atlantic puffin step by step60
Birds of prey64
Lanner falcon step by step66
Owls72
Snowy owl step by step74
Garden and woodland birds80
European goldfinch step by step82
Game birds88
Red-legged partridge step jby step90
Index96

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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Aimed at artists with some experience, Andrew Forkner's Drawing Birds is a through and detailed guid. Practical information on materials, basic techniques and gathering reference material is followed by sections on how to draw the key features of birds - beaks, claws, feathers and eyes. The birds are divided into groups and include: waders and waterbirds, wildfowl, birds of prey, owls, garden and woodland birds, seabirds and game birds, and there's a special section on birds in flight. Full step-by-step demonstrations are included.


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Where Andrews previous book dealt with acrylics and included colour, this concentrates on drawing and monochrome.

Birds are never an easy subject and simply observing them can be a challenge. Although Andrew does not cover the use of photographs in detail, he does hint at their possibilities and also has some useful notes on sketching in the field. The assumption is, I think, that youll find your own reference material, of which there is plenty available.

The book begins with some handy notes on structure and plumage along with features such as eyes, beaks and bills. This section is worthy of considerable attention as it introduces basic techniques and helps you work towards the complete studies that come later.

These demonstrations cover a good variety of species from garden birds to waterfowl, birds of prey and game birds. Andrew shows you how to map out the outline and structure and then fill in the shading so that your finished result has both shape and solidity.

Although birds are not a subject for the complete beginner, neither is this a masterclass that need deter those who are new to the subject and it should satisfy them as well as those who want to take the art considerably further.

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