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Painting with David Shepherd [Hardcover]

David Shepherd
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4 Oct 2004

David Shepherd, OBE, is a household name – famous not only for his wildlife paintings of elephants and lions, but also because of his work as a conservationist. David has published many books, but all have been coffee-table or autobiographical books – never before has he been prepared to share the secrets and techniques of his painting.

This is not only a step-by-step demonstration but a unique insight into his painting experiences. In addition to his famous wildlife works, he also talks about some of his other paintings of landscapes, buildings, trains, interiors and figures.

Painting with David Shepherd is a rare chance to join this highly acclaimed author on an exciting artistic safari and learn how, through his sensitivity to the nature and essence of his subjects, David has been marked out as a painter of outstanding talent.

Contents include:
Materials and Techniques
David’s Sketchbook
Painting Wildlife
Step-by-step demonstration: Elephant
Step-by-step demonstration: Tiger
Painting Landscape
Step-by-step demonstration: Elm Tree
Trains, boats and planes
A Sense of History
Conservation Work

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 1st Edition edition (4 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000715772X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007157723
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 26.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Oil painters of all standards cannot fail to benefit from his advice on techniques and materials"
Leisure Painter

About the Author

David Shepherd, OBE, is one of Britain's most popular and successful artists and his original paintings and limited edition prints hang in collections throughout the world. He is a tireless campaigner for the causes in which he believes, most particularly wildlife conservation, which led him to set up The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. He has published a number of books and received a number of honours, amongst them the Order of the British Empire. David is married with four daughters and lives in West Sussex. He is also the proud owner of two steam locomotives.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great secrets revealed by a great artist. 13 Dec 2004
When it comes to artwork, I have always admired that which is so accurate it could almost be a photograph - emphasis on "almost." The shipwreck paintings in Bob Ballard's books are a good example of this. When it comes to wildlife - especially African wildlife, however, I can think of no artist in the entire world other than David Shepherd who can make his subjects come to life on a piece of canvass. He does the same with portraits, landscapes, aircraft, famous ships and glorious steam engines. One of his paintings of British paratroopers in action (Suez 1956) hangs in the Officers' Mess of 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment.

There is, therefore, far more to David Shepherd's work than just the elephants for which he has become particularly famous. In addition, he has such a passion for the subjects he paints that he founded the "David Shepherd Conservation Foundation" through which he has channelled enormous funds towards helping and protecting endangered species of the world. How often do we find him on radio and television as he continually draws attention to this subject and that plight.

"Painting with David Shepherd" is not any old "how to" book. This is a book where one of Britain's most popular and successful artists shares his secrets in order to help other artists with their work. Whilst those who know something about this man may well have expected to find a picture of one of his Elephant paintings on the front cover, be assured, this is not all about wildlife. After an informative introduction in which he suggests the reader be prepared to completely re-think their traditional approaches to oil painting, we find sections on; Materials & methods, sketchbook, wildlife, landscapes, trains, boats & planes, the past and portraits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars yes,first class five stars brian 3 Nov 2013
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I intended to click the five stars individually the first time ive got four david shepherd books all first class in every way
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good condition and happy with purchase 16 Aug 2013
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This arrived after a couple of days from ordering, v impressed. Knew cover was a little damaged, hence the 4* but nothing wrong with the rest of the book. Bought for my partner who is a keen artist himself. Overall very pleased with purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to look at. 3 July 2014
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Full of great works of art by David Shepherd and an incite into his painting method.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book 13 Jun 2014
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The descriptions of the pictures and the details of how they were done are outstanding. This is a book that will be in constant use in my family for a long time. Most books only show the pictures and a description of them, but this one goes into the techniques and thought processes behind the creation of the pictures. Worth every penny!
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