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How to Draw: Birds (How to Draw (Search Press)) Misc. – 11 Nov 2008

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  • Misc.: 32 pages
  • Age Range: 8 years and up
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (11 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844483541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844483549
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.4 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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Myshelf.com: Want to draw but not sure how to go about it? Here is a book that cuts through the jargon by not having any words in it at all! There may be a parrot on the cover but drawing is about doing, not talking or reading and the easy-to-follow diagrams just say it all. I was impressed with this book, which reminded me of the Walter Foster series I learnt to draw with. Start by breaking down the bird into its most basic shapes, then add a bit more, begin to sketch in the details, and by step five you have a pencil drawing of it. Step six shows it in color, and after you have worked though all the studies you will have a good working knowledge of how to draw most bird shapes. Aimed predominantly at the UK market you can find a robin, song thrush, puffin, mallard, golden eagle and gray heron but also gray parrot, emperor penguin, kiwi, rooster and Canada goose. One destined to remain on my keeper shelf, and at under GBP5 (0r $10) inexpensive and rather compulsive. JeannieZelos.com: Using five easy to follow stage sequences Polly shows us how easy it is to draw birds, beginning from simple outline shapes to fine tuning into an accurate representation of that bird. She covers varieties from blackbirds, penguins and cranes to soaring swallows and stern sparrowhawks. There are birds here which will be suitable for enhancing any painting where you want realistic birds or even to create a simple bird portrait in its own right. Although these birds differ hugely from each other using Pollys' simple formula of looking for shapes and working from there, its easy for even absolute beginners to create beautiful and lifelike birds. --Myshelf.com

About the Author

Polly Pinder studied graphics at Leeds Art College. Her first job was with a Yorkshire newspaper, and she subsequently worked as a lecturer in graphic design at Wakefield District College. She has written and illustrated a number of books including cake decoration and growing herbs, papermaking and paper crafts. Her illustrations in Muck and Magic were commended when it won the 1993 Sir Peter Kent Conservation Book Prize. She has also designed bed linen and wallpapers, and the graphics for a book based on newly discovered eighteenth century wallpapers.


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This how to draw book is the best iv'e bought as the step by step are great. Other books I have all have there own work in the book, more than teaching us to draw. I am now waiting for my next book to arrive. Thanks
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This book is a good starting point on how to draw birds. It gives the basic shapes of a whole varieties of birds from which to start your drawing.
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This book has made a young boy incredibly happy and given him much more confidence as a budding artist. Interestingly is has also inspired some vastly improved drawings from his parents. The steps are easy to follow and inspire you to create more detailed, life-like pictures of birds.
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Arrived next day. Simple book - very little written material as diagrams are self explanatory. I will enjoy experimenting with it. A very cheap way of learning.
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Great book with easy to follow drawing steps!
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My disappointment with this book started from the moment I laid eyes on it. Opening the parcel my heart sank upon seeing the picture on the front cover: it was a rubbish picture of a parrot. That set the tone for the rest of this slim book. I've only just started drawing live birds but even I'm too advanced for this book. It would be of interest only to the complete beginner.
The book is 32 pages of drawings showing how in easy steps to draw birds. These steps are easy to follow but are very limited. The drawings are flat, mainly in portraiture. Apart from two drawings, you don't get to draw birds in flight or from different angles. The only writing is a page about the generic nature of drawing birds. I would have liked some written tips about how to advance your skills, giving more information on drawing birds, but there wasn't any.
There are better books on drawing birds out there, so I recommend giving this one a miss.
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If you thought all birds were the same shape, think again!Basic illustrations for a variety of birds. good starting point.
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I bought a book similar to this which went missing so I bought this but it's not as good.
This just my personal opinion it arrived well with in the allotted time I'm basing my review by judging it on a book I had previous
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