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Product Details

  • Series: Painter's Quick Reference
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (September 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600610315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600610318
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #711,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 2, 2013
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Some books are about the basics of holding a brush. Others are about art history. Painter's Quick Reference - Birds and Butterflies is unabashedly about one specific thing - how to paint a variety of birds and butterflies in a collection of styles. It does that task quite well.

There are 13 butterflies, 3 moth, 14 songbirds, 4 water birds, 3 exotic birds, and 6 other things (eggs, nests, feathers) covered here. Each item is shown in one specific style. So the sphinx moth is shown with watercolor instructions. The mallard duck is done with acrylics. Yes, a talented artist can "cross-think" and figure out how to do a watercolor by following the acrylics directions - but of course the result won't quite be the same. So know, up front, that "purists" will only have a few of the items that they can follow along with.

The details given are good. For example, take the Hummingbird done with Chinese watercolor. You learn exactly what colors to get, exactly what brushes, and even the detail of the paper. There are step by step drawings to show what the bird looks like at each stage. There are detailed descriptions and even commentary notes.

I like how they use a range of artists for the instructions. You get a collection of styles to work with. Once you figure out a technique you like, you can of course apply it to other projects.

The images are bright and clear and many are stunningly beautiful. The book can certainly act as an inspiration.

Are there any down sides? Well, again, if you're a purist, you'll probably only find a few items in your specific style. Let's say I like watercolors.
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This book is a great reference if you wish to paint bird and/or butterflies. Very well done! I can highly recommend this book if you are looking for something on this subject!
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I find the book very useful and easy to follow.
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