Each bird is shown in a large primary photo, with additional photos showing a variety of angles and poses; close-ups of feathers, feet, and other details; and the bird in its natural habitat, perhaps in flight or at nest. You'll also find key information on habitat, feeding, physical characteristics and other helpful facts to help you create accurate works of art.
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Four step-by-step demonstrations in a variety of mediums show you how to use reference photos to paint beautiful birds. The sound of three killer whales surfacing within twenty feet startled Dave Sellers, Kalon Baughan and me as we paddled along in our kayaks. We were in awe of being able to paddle alongside some of the most beautiful animals in the world. Travelling in the wild photographing, sketching and painting wildlife subjects is, for me, the most enjoyable part of being an artist, and having friends to travel with that have the same enthusiasm about fieldwork makes it even better.
The photographs and sketches representing my experiences in these trips have always served as inspiration for my paintings.
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With the improvement of my photography skills and multitude of adventures under my belt, I noticed my work steadily improving. Having a library of my own references of wildlife photographs made all the difference.
Although my photographs are often less than perfect, they give me a vital starting point to make a painting that sums up an experience. Even if I stopped taking photographs today, I would never be able to use all the reference photographs I already have for my paintings.
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That is part of what sparked the idea for this book, which is intended to provide bird references from an artist's point of view. With all the species you'll find in the following pages, I have attempted to show the birds in a variety of situations, using different angles and poses, close-up photos for minute details and shots at a distance to show the bird together with its habitat. Unless otherwise noted, all my photographs are taken of wild birds, in the wild. This variety of photos should serve as a good form of reference for both bird painters and carvers, who often need more information to work from than they can find in their own files.
Artist's Photo Reference: Wildlife
And the four step-by-step demonstrations scattered throughout the book show you how to use reference photos to create beautiful bird paintings in various media. The photographs are not all particularly large, but as a general reference and for small illustrations, it's an excellent tool.
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