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The Art of Drawing Animals

Learn to draw a collection of cute critters and pampered pets! Featuring an array of adorable pets and majestic wildlife, this exceptional book offers simple, step-by-step instructions for creating dozens of incredibly lifelike animal drawings.

The Art of Drawing Animals features five talented artists who reveal their professional secrets for drawing all the features that are unique to our furry and feathered friends — from wet noses and expressive eyes to thick fur and delicate whiskers.

The book opens with essential information about drawing tools and materials, followed by instruction on how to approach a drawing — such as building up forms with basic shapes, transferring a reference, and using a projected photo image. Then the authors demonstrate their unique approaches to drawing through an assortment of inspiring projects, guiding readers from initial sketches, through the detailed shading process, to the finishing touches. As readers progress from project to project, they discover a range of helpful topics, such as portraying accurate proportions, creating dynamic compositions, and using colored pencils.

Brimming with convincing illustrations and expert instruction, The Art of Drawing Animals is a comprehensive and indispensable resource for all artists smitten with the animal kingdom.

Nolon Stacey is a self-taught graphic artist who specializes in realistic portraits of animals, people, and landmarks. He currently lives in Boroughbridge, England, and undertakes a variety of commissioned work, ranging from portraits of people and pets to buildings and street scenes.

Linda Weil is a graduate of RMIT University and began her career in graphic design, primarily in the print industry. She has been art director and illustrator for a number of Australia’s national magazines, and has specialized in botanical and natural history illustration. A member and past secretary of the Wildlife Artist Society of Australasia, and a member of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists, Weil teaches drawing to both beginners and advanced students. Her work has won numerous awards, and she exhibits in galleries and shows throughout Australia. Weil has traveled widely throughout Australia, France, Borneo, the United States, and South Africa, and many of her drawings are inspired by the animals and sights she sees on her travels.

Debra Kauffman Yaun discovered that she had a knack for drawing people when she was a young girl growing up in Tampa, Florida. After graduating from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, Kauffman Yaun worked as a fashion illustrator. She has drawn and painted many commissioned portraits, several of which have been of children — her favorite subject to draw. Her artwork has been published in several art magazines and books, and she has won numerous awards, including an international prize. She is a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, having served as president of the Atlanta chapter, and she is a juried member of the Portrait Society of Atlanta. She also enjoys teaching classes and workshops in portraits and colored pencil. Kauffman Yaun lives in Buford, Georgia.

Authors — Patricia Getha, Cindy Smith, Nolon Stacey, Linda Weil, and Debra Kauffman Yaun.

Paperback. 144 pages. 9" × 12" (23 cm × 31 cm).

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