I am not getting paid to do this article and I am not affiliated in any way with the publisher. I simply want to share a great resource for artists who are interested in drawing wildlife. There are many “how-to” art books out there but this one is way above average, in my opinion, due to the quality of the drawings and the extremely thorough step-by-step techniques and use of media.
Linda Weil is an award-winning Australian artist, living in Melbourne who started off her career as a graphic designer. She went on to specialise in botanical and natural history illustration and teaches drawing to beginning and advanced students. I think you will agree that her graphite wildlife illustrations are stunning.
I love the size of this book which might sound strange but is is so portable and easy to use because of its size which is just a bit bigger than A5 (half the size of a sheet of photocopy paper) and it is a softback book with flaps. I love books with flaps which are instant bookmarks – way to go.
There are several pages at the start of the book which explain the various tools and materials required for drawing, preliminary and essential guidance on tone, value, light and shadow, mark-making, shapes, how to draw accurately, use of perspective, anatomy, composition, thumbnail sketches, using photographic references, tracing and grid techniques and advice on drawing from life – live animals at the zoo etc and what to take. One of my favourite pages is the double spread of where Linda shows you how to create fur, hair, skin and scales. See the preview below….
Above: A glimpse of the techniques you will learn in this book
After soaking up all of this knowledge and kitted out with your brand new drawing materials, Linda then walks you through how to draw ten animals: Asian elephant, Australian barking owl, tiger cub, koala, dingo, lion profile, kangaroo, giraffes in a landscape, zebra in motion and a group of meerkats.
The beginning stages
The final stages
I can’t show you much more of this book or I will probably get in trouble with copyright issues so if you like what you see, you had better go to your local book shop and get yourself a copy of this wonderful art resource, produced by a very passionate and extremely talented artist. I know that I will be constantly referring to this little gem of a book time and time again.
Of course, if you want your children to draw like this, you could also enroll them into Oz Wildlife Studio Art Classes. If you live in the Brisbane area and you are interested in art lessons for a creative member of your family who is showing potential please visit the art classes website for more information.
Credits: Linda Weil – visit her website
Walter Foster Publishing – visit their fantastic website for a huge range of other art instruction books
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