on 15 February 2011
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!
on 15 April 2011
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!
on 2 June 2012
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.
on 6 May 2013
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.
on 9 September 2014
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.
on 18 November 2015
This is the book for learning to paint birds. Others are really good but this book goes the extra mile in all ways. From the basics like bird structure, skeletal alignment, variety in size, structure, gait, through to head shapes, eye orbits and descriptions as well as the best way to paint each type is all clearly described and shown in understandable language.
It does not mystify you or confuse you with technical language or make you feel like you need a degree in ornithology before reading it - as some others do. It starts you at the base of the bird, shows you how to look at it, and explains carefully how to achieve a likeness for field sketch work, and how to transfer those sketches in to a painting.
There are copious coloured pictures, drawings, descriptions and examples of various paintings and differing styles. I have several books on drawing and painting birds and this one is in a class of it's own.