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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Flexi with rounded corners
  • Publication: 02 January 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782215127
  • Stock: 50+
  • Hurt Stock: £7.50 (4 available)
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 650
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: £14.99
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The Field Guide to Drawing & Sketching Animals


by Tim Pond

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Book Description

'This is, I think, the best book on drawing animals I’ve seen. The sheer breadth of the coverage and the amount of detail that Tim goes into is breathtaking.' Henry Malt, Artbookreview.net

'Tim is a genius in every respect and this really could be the only book on animal drawing you'll ever need.' Paint Magazine

Artist Tim Pond’s lively and engaging book fuses science with art, providing you with the skills, techniques and knowledge you need to create sketches of animals filled with life and movement.

Tim shows you how to observe and draw animals in zoos, farms, wildlife parks and aquariums, teaching you some fascinating facts about the animals along the way and ultimately bringing you closer to nature.

One of the challenges with sketching wildlife is that animals are constantly moving. However, having some basic understanding of biology can help you capture the form, movement and ultimately the spirit of the animal in question. This combination of scientific knowledge and practical guidance is key to creating lively drawings and Tim’s ability to convey this in an accessible and engaging way makes this a unique and inspiring guide.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6; The blank page 8; Study sheets 16; The sea, and life 20; Connections 22; Common features 24; Anatomical adaptation 32; Welcome to the animal kingdom 34; Sponges 36; Jellyfish 38; Corals 40; Cephalopods 42; Octopuses 44; Slugs and snails 46; Arthropods 48; Habitat: Coast 50; Shrimp 52; Insects 54; Praying mantises 58; Metamorphosis 60; Butterflies and moths 62; Monarch butterflies 64; Spiders and scorpions 66; Fish 68; Sharks 72; Boxfish 74; Symbiosis 76; Seahorses 78; Seadragons 80; Habitat: Coral reefs 82; Porcupine fish 84; Common goldfish 86; Amphibians and reptiles 88; Frogs and toads 90; Green iguanas 92; Crocodilians 94; Crocodiles 96; Tortoises, turtles and terrapins 98; Dinosaurs 100; Mammals 102; Red deer 104; Fallow deer 106; Red river hogs 108; Warthogs 110; Hippopotamuses 112; Giraffes 114; Pivot points 116; Malayan tapirs 118; Rhinoceroses 120; Zebras 122; Habitat: The farm 124; Elephants 126; Sloths 130; Cats 132; Jaguars 134; Cheetahs 136; Lions 138; Tigers 140; Habitat: Woodlands 142; African hunting dogs 144; Bears 148; South American coatis 150; Red kangaroos 152; Primates 154; Lemurs 156; Monkeys 158; Gorillas 160; Chimpanzees 162; Movement through water 164; Pinnipeds 166; Otters 168; Blue whales 170; Movement through air 172; Bats 174; Birds 176; Bird origins 178; Bird anatomy 180; Owls 184; Greater flamingos 188; Penguins 190; Index 192.

About the Author

About Tim Pond

Tim Pond’s artwork spans two decades of working in a wide range of different media and clients. He is particularly recognised for his dip pen and ink work which has appeared in the Guardian Newspaper and a wide range of other publications. Sketching from nature has taken Tim from being an expedition artist in Alaska, to sketching leaves in a tropical forest in Mexico. Tim runs drawing workshops.



This comprehensive guide to drawing animals will give you everything you need to know.

Tim suggests ways of simplifying your approach to shape, form, structure and physical features so that you'll get perfect results every time. He calls these little tricks Widgets and Gizmos and they do seem to work like magic. In practice, they're just simple grids and block outlines that point you in the right direction before you can overthink the problem. You'll wonder why no-one's ever told you about them before!

Every type of animal is here, from primates to ungulates and shellfish to amphibians. You've never wanted to draw a shrimp? Tim's approach is so enticing and encouraging that you'll be itching to do so the moment you see what's possible.

Although thorough, Tim's approach is straightforward and never intimidating. In the anatomical diagrams, the differently coloured shading makes it easy to follow the structure that underlies the outward appearance of your subject.

The whole book is a work of art that will have you producing your own in a very short time.

John Muir Laws

Tim Pond's Field Guide to Drawing & Sketching Animals is a keystone book for anyone wishing to draw animals that are both scientfically accurate and full of life. He does a deep dive into the anatomy and structure of animals but with a keen understanding of what the artist needs to see and understand. He has cut through irrelevant chatter to emphasise what you need to get the beast onto paper. His approach supports drawings that show the behaviour, mannerisms, and character, transforming a sketch from a generic diagram to an intimate portrait, the breadth of his examples, from sponges to gorillas is a celebration of the biodiversity of the Earth and an inspiration to naturalist-artists.

The Artist, June 2019

This is, without doubt, the best book on animal drawing I have ever seen. Not only are the results attractive and the very thing you'd want to be able to draw yourself, the comprehensive coverage and simple explanations are second to none. Simplicity is the key to Tim's approach, both in working and teaching. His creatures frequently stand alone, and never have more props or background than is absolutely necessary. That way, they leap off the page, both in monochrome and colour. As well as some neat 'widgets and gizmos' - simple shape-based ways of getting started - Tim also uses colour shading to handle the tricky subject of musculature and underlying structure. Finally, there's a way of getting to grips with this necessary topic. Subjects include birds, mammals, fish and crustaceans and there are sketches, studies and a variety of poses throughout. This book is always exciting, inspiring and thoroughly informative. 

Paint magazine (March 2019)

This remarkable comprehensive guide will tell you all you need to know about drawing everything from amphibians to primates. If that sounds like an overwhelming and perhaps breathless task, Tim is completely at home with his subject and breaks it all down into manageable chunks. I particularly like his "widgets and gizmos" - little sidebars that contain tricks that include the use of geometric shapes, grids and outlines that get structure and proportion right first time and, above all, painlessly. 

This is a lot more than sleight of hand, though, and there's a lot of real science (as well as art) behind what suddenly seems easy. Tim uses shading to show how structure works beneath the skin - anatomical lessons suddenly become about art rather than anatomy.

So far, I haven't mentioned the sheer quality of the work that Tim produces. While remaining faithfully accurate to shape and structure, there's a pleasant looseness to his style. It gives instant character and that sense of potential movement animals possess even at rest. Most of the illustrations don't have backgrounds but, where they do appear, they don't dominate and are always appropriate. The focus is always on the main subject, as it should be.

Although the title might suggest that this is a pen and pencil book, there's plenty of colour and Tim shows you how to use watercolour to add shape, texture and tone to your outlines.

I hope I've conveyed to you how much I love this. It's a visual feast that makes it impossible not to want to get started, even if you've never thought of drawing animals before. Even better, it fulfils its promise and takes you right through the process. Tim is a genius in every respect and this really could be the only book on animal drawing you'll ever need. 

Leisure Painter, April 2019

In this practical guide to drawing and sketching animals, Tim Pond shows us how to observe animals in natural environments - from zoos and farms to wildlife parks and aquariums. To cope with animals' constant movement, Tim explains how a basic knowledge of biology can help you to capture the spirit of your subject as well as its form. Fascinating facts about animals are included along the way, making this a lively as well as inspiring guide to better sketching techniques. 


'This is, I think, the best book on drawing animals I've seen. The sheer breadth of the coverage and the amount of detail that Tim goes into is breathtaking. More than that, though, it remains at all times completely accessible and youre never left feeling bewildered by the amount of information on every page.'

Read the full review here.


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