A fantastic visual voyage into the world of animals, both real and imagined. There is no end to the diverse and unique creatures that Terryl Whitlatch creates for us with her solid knowledge of anatomy and boundless imagination. Especially intriguing are the 100s of anatomical notes that are dispersed among her sketches, educating and enlightening us to the foundation of living bodies and their mechanics.
Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919) was a German-born biologist, naturalist, evolutionist, artist, philosopher, and doctor who spent his life researching flora and fauna from the highest mountaintops to the deepest ocean. A vociferous supporter and developer of Darwin's theories of evolution, he denounced religious dogma, authored philosophical treatises, gained a doctorate in zoology, and coined scientific terms which have passed into common usage, including ecology, phylum, and stem cell.
At the heart of Haeckel's colossal legacy was the motivation not only to discover but also to explain. To do this, he created hundreds of detailed drawings, watercolors, and sketches of his findings which he published in successive volumes, including several marine organism collections and the majestic Kunstformen der Natur (Art Forms in Nature), which could serve as the cornerstone of Haeckel's entire life project. Like a meticulous visual encyclopedia of living things, Haeckel's work was as remarkable for its graphic precision and meticulous shading as for its understanding of organic evolution. From bats to the box jellyfish, lizards to lichen, and spider legs to sea anemones, Haeckel emphasized the essential symmetries and order of nature, and found biological beauty in even the most unlikely of creatures.
In this book, we celebrate the scientific, artistic, and environmental importance of Haeckel's work, with a collection of 450 of his finest prints from several of his most important tomes, including Die Radiolarien, Monographie der Medusen, Die Kalkschw mme, and Kunstformen der Natur. At a time when biodiversity is increasingly threatened by human activities, the book is at once a visual masterwork, an underwater exploration, and a vivid reminder of the precious variety of life.
As featured in Parade MagazineA stunning collection of nature-inspired prints Handcrafted in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by scientists, botanical and scientific prints captured the intricate details and vibrant colors of the world's most fascinating plants and creatures. Now, the vintage illustrations can be found adorning the walls of homes featured in popular interior design magazines--but you don't have spend a fortune to re-create these beautiful floral and wildlife prints. Filled with 60 stunning illustrations, The Art of Nature Coloring Book will guide you as you use colored pencils to personalize your art and bring each plant or animal to life. These ornate prints will not only provide you with hours of entertainment, but will also serve as one-of-a-kind decorations that will liven up any wall or workspace. From the elegant peony to the lively mourning dove, The Art of Nature Coloring Book's flora- and fauna-inspired prints will fill your life with the beauty of the outdoors.
- Mouths, eyes, ears and horns
- Various poses, including seated, standing and moving
- A diversity of animals, domestic and wild--from housecats to big cats, from tiny cottontails to massive African elephants. Nothing intimidating here Starting with easy sketches, you'll learn to gradually refine basic shapes into lifelike dogs, wolves, deer, sheep, horses, bears, giraffes, owls, eagles, geese and other magnificent creatures. With this classic and time-tested approach, you'll be able to draw not only the animals illustrated on these pages, but any animal that touches your artistic soul.
Indulge your love of birds with this beautiful collection of images for coloring. Full-page coloring guides are shown opposite John James Audubon's original illustrations from his masterwork Birds of America. Favorites such as the blue jay and the golden eagle appear along with colorful flycatchers, warblers, and water birds. The birds' varied forms and vibrant plumage make them ideal subjects for coloring, and in these pages you can hone your skills and celebrate the beauty of these wonderful creatures.
A national treasure is celebrated in this landmark publication. The Birds of America is a monumental classic, but it has never been explored like this before. This important new volume presents all the dazzling watercolors that Audubon painted for these monumental engravings. We are familiar with the prints engraved by Robert Havell Jr., but Audubon's Aviary illuminates the original masterpieces that were created by Audubon himself and tells the story behind their creation with fresh insights and engaging quotes from his writings. These powerful paintings--all newly photographed using state-of-the-art techniques--possess a startling immediacy, vibrancy, and fluidity that link natural history, art, and a respect for the environment. These watercolors transmit Audubon's devotion to his craft with their inscriptions and layers of media wrought with a miniaturist's attention to detail and their revolutionary compositions, which for the first time in history depicted all the birds life-size. Audubon is considered America's first great watercolorist, introducing innovative approaches developed over a lifetime of study. Even judged alongside today's technology, his dramatic tableaux remain some of the most spectacular natural history documents and visually arresting works of art ever produced.