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A really beautful book
on 20 October 2012
This really is a lovely book, if I could give it 6 stars I would! It is written by a French author, so the subjects covered are those indigenous to France. As a resident of the Uk however, I find that most of the subjects are just as relevant here. This in itself is a very welcome relief from all the American books available.
The book is organised in the following way:
An introductory section with lots of tips on drawing and painting (in watercolour) materials and techniques, and how-tos focussing on things like feathers, scales, fur, plant stuctures, even water reflections, and a section on how to draw in the field.
Then she takes 4 habitats, wet marshlands, open country, forests, and mountains, and provides studies of a selection of the animals and plants you can find in these. These include all the common creatures like badgers, robins, herons, lizards, frogs, buzzards (you name them, they'll be there, except the hedgehog), and some more exotic ones like salamanders and terrapins. Insects and plants also get a good look-in (even ladybirds!) and the forest section includes studies on native trees.
Most of the animal subjects are provided in different poses which is very useful, and you get a completed depiction of each one with lots of helpful descriptions about how the author approached the subject. Many of the drawings are in colour with names of the actual colours needed. You can also find more basic sketches and scenes of things like blackberry bushes within the pages.
All in all this is a beautiful book, one you could drool over!