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Birds are inspirational subjects for any artist: the variety of shapes, colors, sizes, movements, and contexts means that anyone with an interest in drawing or painting from life will find birds challenging and deserving of their time. This book is written for a range of people — for beginners taking their first steps in a knotty subject, for more experienced artists wishi ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 15th 2005 by Timber Press
(first published October 30th 1986)
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Jun 21, 2015 David Schaafsma rated it liked it
I liked this, which is less how-to book (which I was looking for) than a book illustrating various artists in how they draw birds, There is some attention to craft, to building from quick sketch to completed daring or painting, and it is useful to see the range of work. I used this book in a class focusing on Okay For Now, a YA book about a id discovering Audubon's drawings of birds. We all went outside and looked at birds and made drawings of them. It was pretty fun for a bunch of English types ...more
This is an excellent resource for drawing birds, both for its utility and for the beautiful collection of art. This is not a how-to book, but more for refining the work you already do. It's not full of art-related technical terms, but there is enough to not sound condescending to an artist. Busby argues that the best bird art comes from drawing from life, and he deals with issues like mechanics/anatomy of birds, drawing birds in/on water, in flight, and overall composition. Now to see if I can a ...more
John Busby has a well-balanced, realistic approach to drawing and appreciating art from the field. There's no doubt that the techniques he shares will be helpful when the moment strikes. Until then, I'll enjoy looking over the field sketches and finished paintings, accompanied by tips and quotes from the many artists included in these pages. I also look forward to perusing the extensive list of other recommended books in the back.
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