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by J.C. Amberlyn

Artists and naturalists will master their ability to render lifelike depictions of a wide range of wildlife in a variety of still and action poses in this unique instructional. Amberlyn begins by offering a discourse on animal anatomy, basic animal structure and characteristics, and the animals' natural environment. Such details are examined and explored through more than 300 detailed animal studies. More advanced topics include drawing the three major animal categories: carnivores/omnivores (wolves, coyotes, weasels, raccoons, and bears), hoofed mammals (deer, elk, moose, caribou, and sheep), and small mammals (rabbits, squirrels, mice, beaver, and armadillo). Readers will transform their mediocre interpretations into drawings that truly capture the essence and subtleties of the animal, its mood, and its habitat.
Download Drawing Wildlife epub
ISBN: 0823023796
ISBN13: 978-0823023790
Category: Photography
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Author: J.C. Amberlyn
Language: English
Publisher: Watson-Guptill (February 1, 2005)
Pages: 160 pages
ePUB size: 1887 kb
FB2 size: 1903 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 825
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This is the kind of drawing book that shows you how to draw by showing you a finished drawing. There is little to no breakdown. And s good deal of the text is about the animal and how it lives. Not description on how to draw the animal. The authors drawings are gorgeous. But if I could get correct proportions for animals I don't feel I would need this book meaning it is entirely useless. Skip it. Rent it from the library. But don't buy it unless you're can already draw.

For example here is a shot of the page on river otters. One line work sketch. The rest are small illustrations.
I bought this, to learn the body of an animal, and to learn how to draw them, and this did the trick! It gives great information and examples, and even a few full tutorials on how to draw an animal, such as the deer on the front cover ( see the image ). It does not tell about birds, or lions, or a many other of animals, but if he has another book on the other animals, i am sure to buy them! A few parts though, Ex. the wolverine, and a many few others, it doesn't give the anatomy of the animal, just a paragraph or two of information or description of the animal, with maybe an image ( most of them have a drawing , but only a few , such as two or three have no image ). I say it is worth the price, and if you have any questions on what animals are in the book it shows you, please message me or so, and i will be glad to help you.
I checked this book out at the library before I decided to buy it. It is wonderful. It doesn't just show you how to draw each animal. It focuses on each aspect of the animal and different types of each animal. An example would be the cat family. It shows you how to draw eyes, paws, ears, face, nose etc... It shows you direction of the fur, so however you draw this type of animal you will be accurate. In the cat section, it explains the Canadian Lynx, Bobcat, and Mountain Lion, with all their subtle differences. It then shows you how to draw the Mountain Lion.

I believe I have learned a lot in this book. It is, by far, the best drawing book I have ever read and used and I think it is a necessity to anyone wanting to learn how to draw animals. I highly recommend it!
This book should be purchased (or borrowed) by people who already have some basic founding skills in drawing wildlife, or life in general. It does start you out with circles, cones and boxes, but it then jumps straight to detail. So, if you're not that far yet in the process, don't buy this, or you won't learn anything from it, for it is the next stage in developing your talent!

The instructions are somewhat limited, but again, the book assumes you're already learned in the drawing process.

The illustrations are nice, starting with bone and muscle structure, which teaches you where hollows and points are underneath all that fur and that fluffy animals are not just a big pile of it. They are also simple enough to make you feel like you are on the same level, without overwhelming you with tiny details and "I could never draw that" illustrations that you find in some books.

The information given about each particular species and families of animals are keen and teach you how they would behave naturally (very good information for drawing action poses!). It also advises to go to parks and zoos to observe your subject, to get a feel of how they move and act. The author also encourages the artist to "let loose" once in a while and add some style and flair to their drawings (think Disney animals!).

Overall, a very good piece of learning material that I think most young artists should have within their reach (I am 20).
In comparison to the other animal drawing books. Whereas they have fewer animals by covering more pages. This one is the complete opposite whereas you get to see many different animals. As a furry artist, all I need is head references and overall body (but not details). This book just provides enough for that.
J.C. Amberlyn is a fine wildlife artist whom I have been watching evolve for almost 10 years, both for her nature art and her cartoon characters (love you, Space Chicken and Space Weasel!). This book does not tell you the magic secret of J.C. Amberlyn's incredibly lifelike animal art--that spark that animates each and every one of her drawings, no matter if it's unfinished or not. But it's the closest she can come, and she shares her unique artistic viewpoint and her 20+ years of wildlife studies with you with no holds barred. I understand that the publishers cut out a lot of her discourse on each animal's habits--too bad, because that was as entertaining as the drawing lessons in the preview edition I read some months ago. A second book, please, with the edited materials and more? But I digress.

I am not an artist. I have trouble with stick figures. However, "Drawing Wildlife" gave even me some hope that with a little (lot!) of practice, I can draw something that someone besides my husband will recognize. My first bear (p.86) was actually overtly bear-esque, in fact. My daughter, who draws well, did even better, and my mother, who draws even better than my daughter, produced a wonderful bear on her first try from Amberlyn's directions.

Amberlyn uses traditional art teaching methods such as uniting shapes with lines to form a coherent whole--except, when she's doing it, that cougar that consists of 1 circle, 4 lines, 2 rectangles, one triangle and 3 ellipses already has an animated, lifelike pose. As I said, magic! (See page 54). Also, I don't know how she does it, but no matter how unfinished the drawing around them, the eyes she produces stare at you right from the page (pp 22, 34). That's the wonder of J.C. Amberlyn, and although I can't make it happen yet, as I said--this book gives me hope!

I can't recommend it highly enough for those who actually can draw. I think you'll see your own magic flow from your pencil in very short order. Way to go, J.C. Amberlyn!


If you have never looked at J.C. Amberlyn's nature art or her cartoons, do yourself a favor and find her online.