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Wildlife Painting Basics: Waterfowl & Wading Birds

Lawrence, Rod

ISBN 10: 1581800223 / ISBN 13: 9781581800227
Published by North Light Books, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2000
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Book in very nice condition - top corner solidly bumped with cover and first page have one inch tears, neatly mended; back cover has creases at top of spine, otherwise light edge wear only. No interior marks. Mini demos give guidelines for painting everything from wings to feet, beaks to eyes; plumage, flight, and habitat. Photographs and tons of illustrations. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 128 pages, index. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Art & Design; ISBN: 1581800223. ISBN/EAN: 9781581800227. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 605060. Bookseller Inventory # 605060

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Title: Wildlife Painting Basics: Waterfowl & Wading...

Publisher: North Light Books, Cincinnati, Ohio

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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Covering the basics of wildlife painting, this book provides the beginner and advanced artist with the crucial knowledge needed to make their canvas come to life. Chapters initially zero on body shapes, proportions, water bird anatomy - including bills, wings, feet and their appropriate terminology - along with every position you'll find them in, be it standing, walking, swimming, feeding or flying. Later chapters become even more specific, illuminating such things as patterns, color and plumage. The book concludes with several painting demonstrations, both simple and complex.


Michigan-based painter Rod Lawrence has offered everything an artist needs to learn to paint water birds. This book explains how to compose thumbnail sketches, use reference photos, master anatomical details, capture action in feeding and flying, and place birds in typical environments. Short instructional demonstrations specify surface, paint, and brush materials, and guide the artist step by step through explicit aspects of waterfowl depiction, such as painting a folded wing on a female mallard in watercolor. Although Lawrence stresses the importance of working directly from nature, every page is packed with enough technical material to keep the artist challenged whether indoors or out. The book is geared for painters of all stages and media who want to bring waterfowl to life. Lawrence's graceful compositions and practical advice, such as "If you don't get discouraged and challenged by your art, then maybe you are not stretching yourself to do more," will inspire any artist. --Mary Ribesky

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