Fur and Feathers (Keys to Painting) Paperback – 1 Mar 2001
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About the Author
Rachel Rubin Wolf is the longtime editor of North Light's popular Splash book series as well as Strokes of Genius. She has edited dozens of other art books and also writes for Art Connoisseur Magazine.
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Perhaps because it's not really a how-to book, nor is it a book of fabulously inspirational paintings.
It's a bit sparse on its instruction: p.12-13 has you draw a cat "from simple shapes". The start is good: basic shapes; then refine the shapes and add some detail; then start marking directional strokes for the fur ... then the lesson just stops, with only the bare minimum of shading. The eye isn't even filled in. I thought a page was missing.
p.14-15 "Drawing a Cat in Charcoal" has simple sketches on the one page, and a finished sketch on the other. No in-betweens, no step-by-step or how-to pictures.
The same with the squirrel, the lion, the heron and the deer that follow: quick sketches and basic shapes, then straight to the finished drawing.
There's only one painting that I really like in this book: Lesley Harrison's otters in water, they are gorgeous and the blue water looks so real. Actually, Dee Smith's spoonbills are fab too. I like Carol Rochelle's green cheeked conure (p.78) because I have one as a pet.
Most of the paintings are what you might find on greetings cards: if that's a style you like, then you'll enjoy this book, but for a really great animal painter, look up Christophe Drochon.
Recommended to all artists, new and experienced, as every book can teach us something about techniques...and this one can !
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book helping me to understand how to draw and paint feathers. Recommended!Published 1 month ago by S
The book was very informative and showed clear and understable ways of making the fur on animals, also the detail on the feathers was new to mePublished on 27 Mar. 2013 by Frances B