Classic Sketchbook: Cats shows how it's done by showing museum-quality works, then coaching you to try the techniques with the help an expert's suggestions. Whether scribbling out a quick sketch with minimal detail, or making a finished portrait where every silky hair and polished whisker stands out, the best cat artists can capture the very essence of feline-ness. How do they do it? Firsthand observation of cats will tell you a lot about the way they sit, yawn, tweak their tails, and curl up to sleep, but it won't tell you how to get those things down on paper. Classic Sketchbook: Cats is the second in a series of instructional books that began with Classic Sketchbook: Botanicals. The series shows how to draw your subjects by looking at the details of museum-quality works, then coaching you through the techniques with the help an expert's suggestions. In this case the expert is Patricia Wynne, a noted illustrator with a specialty in animals.
Wynne will guide you through fur, paws, and eyes, as well as cats sleeping, playing, or pouncing. Her unique instructions places a close-up of a drawing or painting by a noted artist like Gauguin, Chardin, Gwen John, and Theodore Steinlen on the left side of the page. And on the right side of the page Patricia Wynne coaches you with detailed, step-by-step drawings, that illuminate the process.
About the Author
Patricia J. Wynne is an artist and freelance illustrator based in New York. She teaches animal drawing classes at the American Museum of Natural History and works as a contract artist for scientists at research organizations around the world. Wynne has illustrated over 170 books for adults and children, and her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Food and Wine, Cricket, and Scientific American. Her books have received awards from Parenting magazine, the John Burroughs Association, and the National Science Teachers Association. Most recently, she received a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor for her book Hello, Bumble Bee Bat, authored by Darrin Lunde.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This clever series takes famous paintings and drawings of cats on one page, and then on the opposite, shows how to draw and color what the masters did. It helps illuminate what other painters and illustrators are doing, in a way which lends me confidence, and helps deepen my skills as well. The text is limited, and to the point, which I welcome, and the drawings are often shown in various steps of completion which helps me to get to where they are at in their masters’ level works. And I have to say, the cats are adorable throughout. My favorites are the ancient Asian versions, which are both beautiful and hilarious.