Synopses & Reviews
Birds are an intriguing subject for artists of all skill levels, and aspiring illustrators and bird enthusiasts alike will find creative inspiration and valuable drawing instruction in Drawing: Birds. This comprehensive book opens by introducing pencil artists to the essential drawing tools, including graphite pencils, erasers, paper, and other materials. Valuable information on the different types of drawing pencils and the strokes they produce, as well as suggestions for ways to handle the pencil establishes the content to follow, including how to render a variety of techniques, such as shading, stippling, hatching, crosshatching, and others. Aspiring artists will also discover helpful tips for creating composition, understanding and seeing value, transferring photo references, and taking artistic liberties. Professional artist and nature enthusiast, Maury Aaseng, offers simple, comprehensive instruction for drawing a range of lovely birds, as well as information for achieving accurate proportions, capturing motion, and building up form. Special attention is given to creating realistic textures, such as feathers, bark, nests, and water. With easy step-by-step projects that start with basic shapes and progress to detailed final drawings, artists will learn to draw many birds of a feather, from the common to the exotic. Artists will explore the sizes and shapes of birdlife, including a golden eagle, crane, finch, pelican, and more. Easy-to-follow instruction and art tips throughout make Drawing: Birds a complete guide for artists desiring to create realistic and detailed drawings of their flighty feathered friends. For the aspiring avian artist, Drawing Birds is a must-have art-instruction reference.
Drawing: Birds introduces a variety of pencil techniques and tips for creating composition and understanding value. Artist Maury Aaseng offers comprehensive instruction for drawing a range of birds step by step.
Overlapping feathers are often found on the neck, back, chest, and shoulders. They give the impression of a bird’s volume, and rendering them realistically requires honing some skills in drawing negative space. The focus isn’t on drawing the feathers, so much as the spacebetween them.
The books in the How to Draw & Paint series feature progressive visual demonstrations, expert advice, and easy-to-understand step-by-step lessons that teach beginning artists how to create beautiful artwork in a variety of media. In this comprehensive series, professional artists share their expertise on everything from setting up a studio and selecting tools and materials to tips, tricks, and techniques for rendering an assortment of interesting and engaging subjects. Organized into six categories, these helpful guides provide a wealth of knowledge and insight into the wonderful world of quality art instruction.
Discover how to draw stunningly realistic birds in graphite pencil with talented artist Maury Aaseng. Inside you’ll find information about the tools and materials you need to get started, as well as basic drawing techniques and how to render textures. Follow along with the step-by-step instructions to draw six birds, including an owl, a woodpecker, and a parrot. You’ll also learn tips for working with reference photos and taking artistic license to create a compelling composition. You’re only steps away from being a master in drawing your favorite feathered friends!
About the Author
Maury Aaseng has always been excited about drawing and art. After graduating with a BFA in graphic design from the University of Minnesota--Duluth, he moved to San Diego to begin an illustration career. His freelance work over the last eight years has spanned a variety of subject matter and styles. The range of his work has included anatomical illustration and cartoons for medical textbooks, informative illustrations for young adult nonfiction, custom watercolor work for independent authors, and logo design and creation. The variety has continued to fuel the creative spark that makes illustration work rewarding for him. In 2010, his artwork was featured in the Upstream People Gallery 7th Annual Color: Bold/Subtle Juried Online International Art Exhibition. An avid nature enthusiast, Maury moved back to Duluth in 2009, where he supplements his illustration work with wildlife photography and painting, hiking, skiing, and canoeing in the northern forests that border Canada. Maury lives with his wife, who works as a graphic designer at the university.
Table of Contents
Tools & MaterialsBasic TechniquesCreating FormRendering TreesDefining Bird FeaturesOwlBlue HeronRuby-Throated HummingbirdGray ParrotPileated WoodpeckerChickadeeClosing Thoughts