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Wild Animals: in Acrylics (Ready to Paint) [Paperback]

Angela Gaughan
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18 Oct 2013 Ready to Paint
Including wild animals in our hugely successful Ready to Paint series is a natural development since the successful launch of Cats and Kittens and Dogs and Puppies. Animals are an attractive prospect for many artists, but some are put off owing to the perceived difficulty of drawing them. The Ready to Paint series solves this neatly by providing pull-out tracings from which to work. There are five beautiful projects, each accompanied by a full-size tracing of the initial drawing. 200 step-by-step photographs accompany the easy-to-follow instructions, and a dedicated section on the materials used is also included. This is a great way to learn how to paint these inspiring animals in acrylics and there is plenty to appeal to more experienced painters too. As well as the five projects, there are four further finished paintings to inspire the reader, one of which also has a full-sized tracing, making six tracings altogether.

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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (18 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844488934
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844488933
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The selection of animals here is, of necessity, limited, but maybe also rather surprising. You get a zebra, a leopard, an alpaca, a red panda and a tiger: three of the big beasts and a couple of less common ones. It does, however, provide a good variety of structure and of hair and fur types, which is a plus point in a book of this kind. You'll also either love or hate the fact that these are often head and shoulders portraits against a plain background - love it because it keeps things simple or hate it because it seems limiting. This isn't a reflection on the book (it's much more a case of it is what it is than anything else I've ever reviewed), but merely a reflection of where it's aimed. Despite these being relatively complex subjects, Angela has done well to present them in a way that's accessible for the relative beginner and she should be congratulated for that.-Artbookreview.net New to Search Press's Ready to Paint series, Wild Animals in Acrylics provides readers with the opportunity to paint animals that are notoriously difficult to see and even more difficult to make sit still! As with all Ready to Paint books, pull-out tracings are provided so that you don't have to be an expert in drawing to get straight to the fun part of painting. Five projects, each accompanied by a full-size tracing and initial drawing, plus 200 step-by-step photographs will take you through virtually every brushstroke. In addition, four finished paintings (one with a full-size tracing) will inspire you to have a go yourself.-Leisure Painter There seem to have been a lot of books on painting wild animals lately. In the past, I'd have said they're a hard sell, but renewed interest has brought some rather excellent authors to the fore. Angela provides five detailed demonstrations, with up to 50 steps, each based on a pre-printed tracing in the now-established manner of the excellent Ready to Paint series. There are big cats, a zebra, an alpaca and a red panda. You could find them all in a zoo, or there are plenty of photographs around, but how often will you find the perfect pose readily available? That's where the tracings come in. Angela concentrates on the animals themselves and there are no fussy backgrounds to complicate things. She'll show you how to get modelling, proportion and a variety of hair and fur just right. This series is aimed at the beginner and there are certainly opportunities to take your work further, and books that will do just that. This one, however, will give you a thoroughly solid grounding from which to progress.-Paint A lovely, well created book. The illustrations are superb, making it easy for anyone to create a beautiful picture of a wild animal - even if they are total beginners. Outline tracings are provided for five different projects - zebra, Amur Leopard, alpaca, red panda and tiger cub. These tracings can be reused time and time again. Full instructions are given on a step by step basis to paint the designs and create lifelike images. Even hints as to how to create the right background and setting are provided. With a bit of practice, the tracings could be adapted for other animals such as big cats and horses, making them a very versatile resource for artists. The book can be followed by anyone as long as they have patience and the basic art materials. The result is guaranteed to be a very satisfying image. Definitely worth a place on any artists bookshelf.-Monstersandcritics.com

About the Author

Angela Gaughan was born and educated in Wales, where she studied portrait painting with Andrew Vicari, a former student of the prestigious Slade School of Art. She is most renowned for her commissioned portraits and wildlife studies. www.angelagaughan.co.uk Angela works in many mediums and exhibits regularly, with many of her paintings in private collections all over the world. She has demonstrated for Daler Rowney, Derwent Pencils, the Artist and Leisure Painter magazines and Chromacolour at a variety of shows, exhibitions and also on television. Angela is President and founder member of The Tamworth Society of Artists; is a Professional Associate member of the SAA; and is a regular contributor to the Leisure Painter magazine. She holds regular workshops, demonstrations and classes in her own studio.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 12 Nov 2013
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Another excellent book in the 'Ready to Paint' series. Angela shows how to paint wild animal projects including a cute alpaca and red panda. There are pull out tracings and easy to follow instructions with step-by-step photography. Very well produced as usual by Search Press at a reasonable price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My style of painiting 5 Dec 2013
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I don't usually use acrylics but decided it would be useful to learn. This is a good book but not as comprehensive as I would have liked. nevertheless i think it is a fairly useful addition to my library of reference books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected 25 Nov 2013
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I thought because the book contained sheets where the animal pictures had been traced on them ready to trace onto your own picture that the painting technique would be quite easy. However, this book is for experienced and intermediate painters not beginners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars expert advice for advanced and beginner alike 19 Nov 2013
The best book for excellent advice for painting animals , soft dense fur or shiney short fur this book holds all the answers also invaluable for obtaining the correct colours and useful for dark or white fur shadows.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book for beginners and more advanced. 8 July 2014
This book comes with free tracings for you to pull out of the book to do yourself. It has very detailed pictures on how to do each stage of the painting. The animals it shows you how to paint are a zebra, a leopard, a llama, a red panda and a tiger. It shows you how to transfer a tracing image onto paper, the colour of paints you need and which paper to use. I find this book very helpful and it is beautifully illustrated. Would definitely recommend.
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