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Identify and Draw North American Birds: A Field Guide for the Artist and Naturalist Spiral-bound – July 11, 2011

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chartwell Books, Inc.; Spi edition (July 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785827994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785827993
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #921,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this product in thinking that it would show me how to draw birds. When I received it I realized that it didn't say anything on drawing, it said to photocopy that page or trace it and then color. It was just showing how to color them, and I was disappointed.
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I really enjoy this book, but it's definitely more of a guide to coloring birds than drawing them. If you're a beginner at sketching/drawing, this will just be really frustrating, like those how-to guides that are like : first, draw a circle and a triangle, next, add small details, and now you have the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel!
If you're a novice like me, though, you should have fun. I haven't had art classes since high school, so while my drawing is fair-to-middling, I don't know color theory or whatever artists need to know in order to make things appear to have depth when colored (yellow highlights! who knew?!). This book has all that stuff, which has been helpful to me, even outside the pictures within.

Short version: If you can draw okish but want guidance on colored pencil work, knock yourself out, it's a ton of fun. If you're a beginner, start a little lower.
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This book has a duel purpose. It serves as both a field identification guide for some common song birds and a how to draw the birds using color pencils. The book includes a very good description of basic techniques used for color pencils.
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great book, using it daily...great useful tips and coloring. recommend to all... beginner useful to expert useful..highly recommended by a working artist
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It's a good reference book for drawing. It has all the information about birds including colors. Birds pictures are small in scale.
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By SM on May 11, 2013
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Really nice book with photos of the birds and their map of their habitat. I sketch of the bird is there to follow. Colorful. Book as advertised and received quickly.
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