book is a much needed and very thorough practical guide to wildlife
art that goes way beyond the conventions of a step-by-step guide."
- Bruce Pearson PPSWLA
book is packed with beautiful wildlife art and offers plenty of
- BBC Wildlife
has succeeded in comprehensively covering every aspect of wildlife
art and for an artist just venturing out into the genre it will
be an invaluable guide."
- The Wildlife Art Society International
book covers all the areas that any artist would want who enjoys
lovely insight into the wildlife artists' world and a great resource
for techniques too."
those deeper questions that you have, which most texts just don't
quite get to addressing, are here."
great introduction to the techniques of wildlife observation, drawing
and painting and a genuine aid
to the development of these skills."
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as a 'How to Draw and Paint Wildlife' guide, The Wildlife Artist's
Handbook gives a more complete picture of the genre. It's designed
to support the wildlife artist long after the basic techniques have
Chapter 1: Wildlife in Art
art is set in context, by looking at the rich heritage of wildlife
portrayal in art history - giving a great excuse to show some fabulous
artwork from cave paintings to the present day.
How to draw and paint wildlife
Chapter 2: How to Draw Wildlife
This chapter explores drawing skills, including methods and materials,
types of shadows, how to draw a moving subject, adding texture and
Painting and Mixed Media
This chapter looks at adding colour and texture to your work. Topics
such as choosing particular brushes for their specific mark-making
qualities, modifying colours, using opaque vs transparent colours,
and combining different media are included.
Out of the Studio, Into the Wild
Wildlife doesn't exist in isolation, so it's no use being able draw
the main subject without including the habitat - hence a chapter
on fieldcraft and working outdoors.
Anyone who has ever drawn an animal or bird knows it helps to be
aware of what goes on beneath fur and feather, so a look at the
basic structure of birds, animals, insects and fish, together with
information about how birds and animals change as they age, is included.
Chapter 6: Composition
science is important, the purpose of wildlife art is to produce
a piece of art, not science, so a chapter on composition helps readers
to communicate their visions to the viewers.
out - the wildlife artist's world
Chapter 7: Printmaking and Sculpture
Print-making and sculpture are both well-represented in wildlife
art. A chapter about the qualities and methods of each, shows readers
the possibilities available and provides inspiration for future
8: Photography & the Wildlife Artist
In these days of digital images, it makes sense to include photography.
Some readers will choose to work from photographic reference, while
to others it is an anathema, yet most of us have to cope with photographing
our work and submitting images to competitions, websites and blogs.
We all need to keep abreast of the laws of copyright. The photographic
chapter gives the reader information on all of this, beyond the
scope of the 'How To...' books.
Chapter 9: Establishing Your Art
The final chapter
helps the reader to establish their art according to their own interests,
and looks at pricing work, undertaking commissions, exhibiting and
using social media to connect with other artists and collectors.
The concept of this chapter is to support the reader as they gain
in confidence of their wildlife art skills and look to start sharing
their work with a wider audience.
lists organisations (with website addresses) around the world, where
wildlife art can be seen and studied. A 'Further Reading' list offers
suggestions for books on both the practical and aspirational aspects
of wildlife art.
to The Wildlife Artist's Handbook home page
some of my illustrations