Capturing the Essence: Techniques for Bird Artists

Capturing the Essence: Techniques for Bird Artists

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by William T Cooper
     
 

In this stunningly beautiful book, bird artist William T. Cooper explores and demonstrates all aspects of drawing and painting birds. Renowned for his gorgeous and accurate wildlife renderings, Cooper here explains in detail how to create a true impression of a bird's appearance. The author describes his own experiences among birds in the wild, discusses bird

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In this stunningly beautiful book, bird artist William T. Cooper explores and demonstrates all aspects of drawing and painting birds. Renowned for his gorgeous and accurate wildlife renderings, Cooper here explains in detail how to create a true impression of a bird's appearance. The author describes his own experiences among birds in the wild, discusses bird anatomy, and lays out the essential principles of realistic painting. He guides both seasoned artists and enthusiastic beginners through all the techniques and processes involved in depicting birds anywhere in the world.

In the first part of the book, Cooper covers materials, bird anatomy, methods of working from captive birds (in zoos, for example), and methods for working in the field. He places special emphasis on the artist's understanding of the subject and how this knowledge can be transformed into drawings and paintings. The second part of the book deals with watercolors, acrylics, and oil paints, explaining for each medium the step-by-step processes leading from beginning sketches to finished work.

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Cooper, a seasoned professional artist, offers here a concise yet complete discussion of all aspects of drawing and painting birds. Basics like bird anatomy, materials, and sketching are covered in the first half of the book, while the latter half provides several finished painting projects. This book will be useful for experienced and beginner artists alike. Birdwatchers may also be interested, whether they wish to take up a related hobby or simply enjoy the book's lushly detailed illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300176261
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/23/2011
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

William T. Cooper is a freelance artist specializing in birds. For over forty years he has illustrated wildlife books and exhibited artworks to international acclaim. He lives in Queensland, Australia.

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