Nature in Art
Sketching & Illustrating Birds: Professional Drawing Class
Sketching & Illustrating Birds
Professional Drawing Class
Hardcover      ISBN: 076416791x

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.
A Sky Full of Kindness
A Sky Full of Kindness
Hardcover      ISBN: 1452112185

Rob Ryan's papercut prose is so exquisitely intricate, it begs closer examination--and always captures a lingering eye. The story Ryan tells in this jacketed hardcover is a celebration of love and family just as heartfelt as it is visually arresting: two songbirds eagerly anticipate the arrival of their first child, and as they tend to their nest, they can't help but worry about becoming parents. It's the generosity and support of their avian friends and neighbors that confirms the world awaiting their unborn chick is indeed full of kindness. Brimming with poetic verse, each page is a work of art that will charm new parents and longtime fans of Ryan's evocative imagery.

Star, Branch, Spiral, Fan: Learn to Draw from Nature's Perfect Design Structures
Star, Branch, Spiral, Fan
Learn to Draw from Nature's Perfect Design Structures
Paperback      ISBN: 1631591495

True beauty is found in nature, making this the perfect sketch book for your art inspiration

As if being responsible for dazzling sunsets and the aurora borealis were not enough, nature is also guardian to the universal principals of design. With mathematical perfection, its recurring structures seem to magically adapt as they show up in hundreds of ways: the radial star at the center of snowflakes, fruits and flowers, and the arms of starfish; spirals at the heart of nautilus shells, unfurling plants, and swirling storm systems.

Borrowing the beauty of nature's forms can help you create beautiful artwork. Observing the structure of nature's forms can help you to be a better designer. The inspiration is limitless. Nature's design magic is a balancing act found in its perfect ratios. The sections of this sketchbook--Star, Branch, Spiral, and Fan--focus on four of those disceptively simple design principles and why they work. Author/artist Yellena James uses her own nature-based drawings to guide readers toward looking closely at each design form and the places where it occurs. Readers will discover ways to use each form in their own artwork, realistically, abstractly, or as motifs in repeat borders and patterns. In a non-academic fashion, the text explains nature's beautiful balances, and the art of using them when you draw and design.

Sticker Mosaics: By the Sea: Create Beautiful Paintings with 1,212 Stickers!
Sticker Mosaics: By the Sea
Create Beautiful Paintings with 1,212 Stickers!
Paperback      ISBN: 1250134536

Oceanic masterpieces made easy with brightly colored stickers

Take your coloring to the next level by doing it with stickers instead of pencils Each one of the 12 designs in this book has spaces for mosaic shapes that you fill in using the pages of different colored stickers in the back, allowing you to create one-of-a-kind mosaic designs. Color-by-sticker is a fun new way to express creativity and explore color, and this series gives readers the freedom to create their own unique designs, no artistic ability required.

Sticker Mosaics: By the Sea features 12 different beautiful ocean imagery to color by sticker. Whether you choose a seaside lighthouse, a colorful beta fish, or exotic underwater creatures, you'll create something that will bring the sea and shore right to you.

Sticker Mosaics: Exotic Animals: Create Stunning Paintings with 1,252 Stickers!
Sticker Mosaics: Exotic Animals
Create Stunning Paintings with 1,252 Stickers!
Paperback      ISBN: 1250130840

Unbelievable animals come to life with easy sticker masterpieces

Take your coloring to the next level by doing it with stickers instead of pencils Each one of the 12 designs in this book has spaces for mosaic shapes that you fill in using the pages of different colored stickers in the back, allowing you to create one-of-a-kind mosaic designs. Color-by-sticker is a fun new way to express creativity and explore color, and this series gives readers the freedom to create their own unique designs, no artistic ability required.

Sticker Mosaics: Exotic Animals offers 12 different animals to color by sticker. Whether you choose the brightly colored macaws, a curious chameleon, or a friendly alpaca, you'll be creating a truly unique work of art that any animal lover will adore.

Stuffed Animals: A Modern Guide to Taxidermy
Stuffed Animals
A Modern Guide to Taxidermy
Hardcover      ISBN: 1581573324

A quirky, timely, and disturbingly beautiful how-to taxidermy guide, emphasizing ethical sourcing and personal expression

Taxidermy Art: A Rogue's Guide to the Work, the Culture, and How to Do It Yourself
Taxidermy Art
A Rogue's Guide to the Work, the Culture, and How to Do It Yourself
Hardcover      ISBN: 1579655580

In this collection of taxidermy art, you'll find a winged monkey with a fez and a martini glass, a jewel-encrusted piglet, a bionic fawn, and a polar bear balancing on a floating refrigerator. Author Robert Marbury makes for a friendly (and often funny) guide, addressing the three big questions people have about taxidermy art: What is it all about? Can I see some examples? and How can I make my own? He takes readers through a brief history of taxidermy (and what sets artistic taxidermy apart) and presents stunning pieces from the most influential artists in the field. Rounding out the book are illustrated how-to lessons to get readers started on their own work, with sources for taxidermy materials and resources for the budding taxidermist.

Ten-Step Drawing: Animals: Learn to Draw 75 Animals in Ten Easy Steps!
Ten-Step Drawing: Animals
Learn to Draw 75 Animals in Ten Easy Steps!
Paperback      ISBN: 1633224880
Featuring illustrated tutorials for drawing 75 different animals, Ten-Step Drawing: Animals breaks down each subject into 10 simple steps. All you need to get started is a pen or pencil and a piece of paper

With Ten-Step Drawing: Animals, you will learn to create an awe-inspiring array of different animals. Step by step, you will create creatures both wild (bald eagle, armadillo, meerkat, dung beetle) and domesticated (donkey, camel, duck, goat). The animals include those from the sea (whale, sea turtle, jellyfish, walrus) and the woodland (snail, fox, raccoon, river otter). Even learn to draw your favorite pets (cat, dog, rabbit, guinea pig). Handy prompts encourage artistic individuality and include helpful tips for drawing other subjects not featured in the book.

Designed especially for aspiring illustrators, doodlers, and art hobbyists, the fun and approachable books in the Ten-Step Drawing series encourage new artists to get acquainted with the basic principles of drawing so they can learn to create art with confidence. Ten-Step Drawing: Animals is sure to encourage even the most reluctant artist to break out a sketchbook and doodle to their heart's content. So grab a pencil and start drawing

Also available in the Ten-Step Drawing series: Flowers, Nature, and People.
Ten-Step Drawing: Flowers: Learn to Draw 75 Flowers in Ten Easy Steps!
Ten-Step Drawing: Flowers
Learn to Draw 75 Flowers in Ten Easy Steps!
Paperback      ISBN: 1633224899
Featuring illustrated tutorials for drawing 75 different flowers, Ten-Step Drawing: Flowers breaks down each subject into 10 simple steps. All you need to get started is a pen or pencil and a piece of paper

With Ten-Step Drawing: Flowers, learn to create an array of flowers and botanicals, step by easy step. From blooms and blossoms to floral bouquets, beginning artists will delight in the varied selection of subjects; as well as how easy it is to recreate them in ten simple drawing steps. Handy prompts help encourage artistic individuality and include helpful tips for drawing other subjects not featured in the book. Approachable text and step-by-step drawings make learning to draw fun and easy, and the portable format allows for spontaneous drawing wherever you may be.

Designed especially for aspiring illustrators, doodlers, and art hobbyists, the fun and approachable books in the Ten-Step Drawing series encourage new artists to get acquainted with the basic principles of drawing so they can learn to create art with confidence. Ten-Step Drawing: Flowers is sure to encourage even the most reluctant artist to break out a sketchbook and doodle to their heart's content. So grab a pencil and start drawing

Also available in the Ten-Step Drawing series: Animals, Nature, and People.
Treasured Trees
Treasured Trees
Hardcover      ISBN: 1842465864

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is home to some of the most magnificent trees in the world. From pines to palms to plum yews, they are an awe-inspiring, majestic presence in the gardens. Many are decades and even centuries old, including the iconic "Old Lions," trees that have stood since the Revolutionary War.
Royal Heritage Trees is a fitting tribute to Kew's signature trees and a celebration of their beauty. Japanese artist Masumi Yamanaka illustrates the oldest and finest trees growing at the gardens with forty paintings created exclusively for this collection. Her paintings capture both whole trees and fine details and show the trees' foliage and flowers at different stages throughout the year. Martyn Rix's lively descriptions outline the natural distribution and cultivation history of the plants, while Yamanaka provides engaging commentary on the process of painting each tree and capturing the garden's beauty. Christina Harrison provides an introductory chapter on the history of tree collecting, from the appearance of trees in the botanic gardens of sixteenth-century Europe to the world's passion for plant hunting over the next few centuries, which established trees as integral to garden design and landscaping. She also highlights the importance of trees today, from their practical applications to the sheer wonder of their beauty.
This book is an ideal gift for all those lovers of trees and botanical art and a beautiful reminder of our long-standing adoration of these leafy giants.