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4.3 out of 5 stars

on 27 March 2018
Absolutely gorgeous book. The artwork within is beautiful and clearly annotated. There are tips on drawing specific types of object and guides on how to get the best results. Yes, occasionally, there is a hicuup in translation but its all still perfectly legible and doesn't hinder the information being presented at all. It's already become one of my favourite books on illustration.
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on 2 October 2016
By far the most beautifully illustrated nature drawing book I've come across. It is a joy to just take in the images. It is a simplistic guide to producing wonderful works, (hopefully), and is a must for any amateur artist. I cannot recommend too highly.
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on 7 December 2017
The best - clear instruction and although some excellent basics about equipment, not ages on this. Lovely examples and very subtle colours selection. Classically beautiful as the countryside itself.
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on 19 February 2013
This is an excellent book. Every page is packed with helpful information and delightful diagrams. A book to really treasure!
6 people found this helpful
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on 9 October 2013
I love this book and found it inspirational, the drawings of Agathe Ravet-Haevermans are wonderful, giving me lots of ideas of how to proceed with my own nature drawings.
3 people found this helpful
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on 9 January 2018
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on 25 March 2016
I like the book, could do with more instruction
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on 16 October 2015
Excellent book, concise instructions
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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!
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on 25 September 2013
Th illustrations are good, they ar not the best reproductions I have seen. Sometimes there is a great difference between the original and the printings. The illustrations of Beatrix Potter are a good example.

I like the book because it has a good variety of nature subjects and most importantly, it gets straight to the point and explains very simply how to render them.

I would recommend it to those who don't have much experience in drawing, for it's simple tuition, whilst at the same it's a pleasure to look through.
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