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Juan Varela Simó - All books by this author

Have you ever been walking in the woods, or looking out your window, when you suddenly spotted a beautiful bird? Whether you’re an artist, scientist, bird enthusiast, or student, you’ll love learning how to portray all kinds of birds artistically, from sketching them in their natural environments to learning how to render a head to foot, full-detail illustration.

The few books published on this topic are limited in scope and only focus on a single specific media, such as watercolor or oil painting. But Sketching & Illustrating Birds offers instruction on how to depict birds using a range of different media, including pencils and pens, watercolors and gouache, oils and acrylics, and more. Each of these illustrations can be tailored to meet specific needs – whether it’s for biological studies, educational purposes, or artistic pursuits.

Discover all the techniques you need to know to represent the most common birds by studying their habits and habitats. Plus, learn about aspects of flight, as well as how to capture birds in motion, whether they’re flying or running. You’ll find a wealth of practical examples of all kinds of birds in different environments, all rendered by accomplished artists specially chosen for their diverse and unique illustration styles.

From the Reviews:
“The book is suitable for a wide range of readers—students, bird watchers, natural-science teachers—but is especially so for artists searching for clear, practical information. They will find more than one would expect: basic structure, skeletons, skulls, various ratios, plumage movements, even courtship behaviors! In the chapter, The Art of Flying, Simό delves into perspective and proportions during flight. Of particular benefit is the weight given to actually entering natural habitats rather than copying photographs of birds. Juan Verela Simό is a productive, much-lauded author and illustrator who also happens to be an ornithologist. Countless species from all over the world are represented. And the artwork is terrific.”
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About The Author:
Juan Verela Simó
is an ornithologist (biologist specializing in birds) and a self-taught artist. He is an acclaimed author and illustrator who has contributed to more than 40 books, encyclopedias, and specialist periodicals. His work has been exhibited in more than 30 museums and galleries.


Hardcover / 192 Pages / 8 ¼ x 11 / 2015


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