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Painting Wildlife Textures Step by Step Paperback – March, 2001

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These two books offer complementary approaches. Tilton, former Disney and Columbia studio artist and columnist for the Artist's Magazine, takes the student by the hand for easy, comfortable lessons. In a radical approach, he encourages tracing and copying as beginning teaching aids. An excellent appendix of books, magazines, and video recommendations leads one to the next level. Lawrence's Painting Wildlife can be the next logical step, with its sophisticated treatment of fur, feathers, scale, antlers, etc. Both are highly recommended for libraries whose clientele include both amateurs and professionals.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Rod Lawrence has exhibited at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and is a popular teacher at the Zemsky-Hines workshops in Montana. He is the only artist to have won the prestigious Michigan Duck Stamp and Trout Stamp design contests seven times.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 143 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (March 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581801777
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581801774
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 7.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,086,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book based on the review and on the sample pages in the hope it would help me to improve my technique in painting wild animals. To be honest I was rather disappointed when I first opened the book. At first I thought the book was meant as a course book for illustrators of wild life books, not painters, due to the poor quality of the illustrations, and the fact that in most cases they dont represent paintings but only details. I found the sample pages looked much better on the screen, especially colorwise, than in the real book (Paperback edition 1996, other editions may be better). My first intention was to rate this book a 3-star because of the poor presentation and illustrations. Take for example, John Agnew's book "Painting the secret world of nature" and you will know what I mean. After a closer look, though, I found Lawrence's book was not as bad after all, especially for the part on the eyes p. 66 and 67, the many explanations and usefull tips and the abundance of step-by-step presentations. Now, after having read the book through and having used it in the past days I feel I have to upgrade my rating to a 5-star as this is one of the most honest, usefull and inspirational art instruction books I have ordered. I call it honest because it really gives you what is written in the title, which is, as compared to other books, already an achievement. Unlike so many other art instruction books, where the artists use the pages as a showcase for their own art pieces instead of communicating anything relevant, you feel Rod Lawrence really wants to share his technique with the reader and does it in a clear, understandable way.Read more ›
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This is an excellent reference with a step by step guide to bringing out the most vital of details in animal art. The techniques, while shown in mainly acrylic painting, are adaptable to any media of your choice. A wonderful tool for the serious or amatur artist.
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Each example is well documented with photographs and step-by-step procedures. The examples are easy to follow and duplicate. Once you have read the book you want to start creating textures immediately. A book every wildlife artist should start with and have.
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LOVE HOW THE BOOK SHOWS YOU INDIVIDUAL PARTS OF AN ANIMAL TO PRACTICE BEFORE GOING HEAD ON INTO A PAINTING. TAILS, FEATHERS, EYES , NOSES AND EARS OF ANIMALS TO PRACTICE FIRST. YOU DON'T FEEL OVERWHELMED TO TRY SMALL STEPS FIRST. SELLER GAVE QUICK SERVICE, BOOK IN SHAPE DESCRIBED WOULD USE AGAIN.
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I highly recommend the book for anyone who wants to master the art of painting wildlife. The book is generous on providing step by step explanations and color photographs on many different variety of painting nature. A great reference.
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Very generous with his knowledge of painting animals. In my estimation he gives wvery animal the most expressive eyes, capturing both gentleness & boldness.
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Informative, beautifully presented, easy to follow. The paintings are beautiful. The book is worth every cent!
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Rod Lawrence shares his techniques and his love of nature within this beautifully presented book. He takes each subject and shows in close detail how to paint everything from the direction of an animal's fur to the most minute details of eyes. I love my volume and have had it for several years. Mr. Lawrence is a fabulous and award-winning artist\illustrator!
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