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Painting Animals [Hardcover]

Christophe Drochon
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Book Description

1 Oct 2006
Open this book and enter the extraordinary world of Christophe Drochon, an exceptional painter who, for the first time lets us into his studio. The artist takes us into the animal world that is the source of inspiration for his paintings but also into the beauty and fragility of our environment, which is a matter of deep concern to him. From initial sketches 'from life' to painstaking studio work, he reveals every stage in the process of producing strikingly realistic paintings. Whether working in pierre noire, pastels, acrylic or oils, he shows unique technical skill in capturing the magic of the flight of a bird or the intensity of the gaze of a big cat. The authoritative text by Francoise Coffrant helps us understand the scope of the artist's work and gives us an insight into his methods. Richly illustrated, every page of this book is an invitation to a world of dreams, discoveries and reflection.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd (1 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845375459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845375454
  • Product Dimensions: 29.3 x 24 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 372,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you are looking to add drama to your animal portraits, look no further."
-- Artists & Illustrators, June 1, 2010

About the Author

Christophe Drochon's beautiful paintings demonstrate the mastery of a hyper-realistic technique that will delight and fascinate fans of nature. In his paintings, the animal and the scenery are often used as symbols to express ideas, and to illustrate emotional events in his personal life. Through his painting, Drochon hopes to inspire an awareness of the fragility of the world. Many of his paintings focus on the eyes of the animal, and with these astonishingly intimate portraits, he allows us to glimpse the soul of the natural world, and in the process, brings us closer to an understanding of ourselves.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Michael Jones VINE VOICE
As a semi professional wildlife artist I take great interest in seeing how other such artists work.

I had seen a selection of Christophe Drochon's work in an art gallery and was amazed by the careful detail and vibrant colours of his work and so was excited when I found this title.

Painting Animals is a book that shows an insight into the artist's world and shows some of Drochon's fascinating and realistic paintings and step by step from sketchbook to finished painting how some of his works were created.

The text in the book is written by Franciose Coffrant and comes across as someone who has a respect for his subject and manages to discribe the processes of Drochon's work in a concise way avoiding many of the artistic terms that non artists or beginners may find mind boggling.

The strengths in this book lie in it's presentation, small volumes of text and illustrations / stills on every page. The step by step sections of some of Drochon's paintings shows the techniques he uses to achieve his outstanding and 'photo realist' style. There are also some small pointer sections for readers explaining paper types and weights used,oil paint drying times, home made pallettes and other interesting tips for the budding artist. The book finishes with a gallery of some more of the artists paintings and these are supported by a paragraph of text describing the work and some brief text highlighting the strengths or details of the painting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars beautiful work but..... 3 Jan 2009
By Penny
I am a keen amateur wildlife artist and have many books on wildlife paintings. The work in this book is up there with the best. Both sketches and finished work are provided and are of a very high standard. But I really don't like this book because of the written narrative. A personal book of an artists work should BE personal with some considerable input by the artist. This is entirely written by a third person and for me it does not work. A biography or critique would work fine in this style as the author would be giving opinion and insight, but constantly reading "Christophe Drochon does this" and "Christophe Drochon does that" is a real turn off.It is just description, there is no personality provided by the writer and the spirit of the artist his feelings, motivation and inspiration does not come across. The book feels cold and uninspiring, there is no connection with the artist, no feeling. It is a book of pretty pictures but not one I like
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Animal painter extraordinaire! 28 May 2010
By Aphall
This is the best book on how to paint animals, in my opinion. Christophe Drochon is an extraordinary artist and he shares his insights, his tips and his working methods with his readers. A sheer delight to read and reread again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book 28 Jan 2012
this is an amazing book for any wouldbe artist.His technique is simply fantastic and I urge any wildlife artist to get this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, very informative 12 July 2014
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Beautiful,very informative
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1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed 19 Mar 2014
By cud
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I'm Very disappointed in the book. It's not what I expected. Not enough explanation on how to do the paintings
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