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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd; First edition (14 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847972241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847972248
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello - my name is Tim Wootton and I was born and raised in Pilley, a small rural village in South Yorkshire.
My childhood was spent watching wildlife and climbing trees. I still do this as much as possible.
Following my foundation year at Barnsley Scool of Art and Design, I embarked upon a four-year Scientific Illustration Degree course at Middlesex Polytechnic (now probably called something much grander) but it (the course) and I did not see things the same way, so I finally graduated with a Ba(hons) in 1986 from Manchester. My fellow students will not like being reminded of the smelly corner of the studio where my dead birds were investigated during post-mortem studies (I once returned from a visit home to see my current project - a little owl - hanging outside of an 8th Floor window of Chatham Building, Oxford Road. The stench of which had raised mutiny.)
In 1991 I was shortlisted for the Young European Bird Artist of the Year. In 2008, I was winner of Wildscape Magazine's Wildlife Artist of the Year - editor's category, and winner of World Birds category, BBC Wildlife Magazine Wildlife Artist of the Year, 2010. The same year I also won the PJC award for Drawing at the Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition.
In 2011 I was amazed to be named as winner of the Birdwatch / Swarovski Artist of the Year and during the same event (the Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition) I was elected Associate Member Society of Wildlife Artists.
I have written and illustrated articles on birdwatching and general wildlife and country issues.
I am the Author and (main) illustrator of Drawing & Painting Birds - by The Crowood Press, 2010.
I am married to Sally and live in the Northern Isles of Orkney with our two girls, Savannah and Edie . . . and a couple of ponies, chickens, a dog, a cat, etc . . .

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Through eight chapters Tim Wootton has skilfully pulled together a very readable text and a plethora of artworks by over 30 (mainly current) artists delivering a fine mixture of artwork (usually three or four examples per page) in a broad array of styles, which makes page-turning a pleasurable expectation. All in all this book contains very solid and tested advice on all aspects of bird drawing and will, I believe, prove to be of real use not only to the novice bird artist but also to those already with experience. --British Birds

About the Author

Tim Wootton has been watching and drawing birds since childhood. He now lives in the Orkney Islands where he works directly from observational drawings in the field, usually painting and completing the piece in the studio. His work has been exhibited across Britain and is held in private collections throughout the world. In 2008 he was awarded a gold medal from Wildscape Magazine's Wildlife Artist of the Year.


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The artwork is an absolute visual feast and the text, `exercises', anatomical information, tips, advice, examples and so on seem to be some of the most comprehensive I've ever seen in a book of this type and I've only dipped into it yet. It takes the reader from the very basics of fundamental drawing skills all the way through to advanced techniques from some of the very best bird artists there are.

There's enough beautiful art to keep anyone drooling over the pages for hours, it's full of inspiring imagery that will make you want to get out and paint and draw for yourself.

A classic that easily deserves its place alongside John Busby's `drawing birds' on anyone's bookshelf.

If you don't have this book yet, do yourself a massive favour and get it!
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At last! An art book written by an artist for artists. This is a fantastic book. It contains some really useful information and is packed full of wonderful examples of work by a wide variety of artists showing different styles of work. This book is a breath of fresh air, it doesn't follow the tired format of step by step approaches, but rather inspires and gives ideas for producing your own work. I think this book will have a wide appeal, and the techniques could be applied to drawing or painting animals too. My only criticism is the quality of the paper the book is printed on. It feels a little flimsy, which is a shame, as I feel this book will be well used and treasured for many years to come. That said, the book is a great price (especially from Amazon). As you can see I love this book, and I think you will too!
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I have been delighted with this excellent book on a subject I was approaching for the first time. Many lovely illustrations, not only by Tim Wootton but also by other artists with many varying styles, plus very useful guidance notes by Mr Wootton for budding artists of all levels of competence.
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Wether you paint birds or want to do, this is a must. I am amazed by the sheer amount of photos, paintings and drawings he has managed to cram in! The best advice from the best bird painters and ornithologists from bird anatomy to habits to painting and drawing and so much more. This is one of the best books that I have ever bought.
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A very comprehensive volume, with a host of useful how to draw and paint demonstrations, which also includes advice on painting in the field. Packed with illustrations and plenty of bird art by many other bird artist as well as the authors own excellent examples. There is also a 3D model of a sea gull you can put together to practice sketching and observing the effects of perspective on the birds wings. Much can be gleaned from this book, it's also a visual delight. I just wish it was in hard back.
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I bought this recently and I have enjoyed not just having a go at drawing, but simply looking at all the wonderful drawings of birds it contains, by many talented artists. A very lovely book and I would recommend it highly.
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I'm a wildlife photographer but this book is so good I picked up a pencil straight away and started to follow the excellent tips in the book - absolutely superb
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This book was exactly what I was looking for, offering great illustrations of both work in progress and finished work. Great!
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