Birds are an intriguing subject for artists of all skill levels, and aspiring illustrators and bird enthusiasts alike will find creative inspiration and valuable drawing instruction in Drawing: Birds. This comprehensive book opens by introducing pencil artists to the essential drawing tools, including graphite pencils, erasers, paper, and other materials. Valuable information on the different types of drawing pencils and the strokes they produce, as well as suggestions for ways to handle the pencil establishes the content to follow, including how to render a variety of techniques, such as shading, stippling, hatching, crosshatching, and others. Aspiring artists will also discover helpful tips for creating composition, understanding and seeing value, transferring photo references, and taking artistic liberties. Professional artist and nature enthusiast, Maury Aaseng, offers simple, comprehensive instruction for drawing a range of lovely birds, as well as information for achieving accurate proportions, capturing motion, and building up form. Special attention is given to creating realistic textures, such as feathers, bark, nests, and water. With easy step-by-step projects that start with basic shapes and progress to detailed final drawings, artists will learn to draw many birds of a feather, from the common to the exotic. Artists will explore the sizes and shapes of birdlife, including a golden eagle, crane, finch, pelican, and more. Easy-to-follow instruction and art tips throughout make Drawing: Birds a complete guide for artists desiring to create realistic and detailed drawings of their flighty feathered friends. For the aspiring avian artist, Drawing Birds is a must-have art-instruction reference.
Maury Aaseng has always been excited about drawing and art, starting with his grade school days, drawing dinosaurs and other animals in notebook margins. After graduating with a BFA in graphic design from the University of Minnesota—Duluth, Maury moved to San Diego to begin an illustration career. His work has spanned a variety of subject matter and illustration styles, including medical illustration, natural sciences, patient education, and watercolor. His artwork was featured in the Upstream People Gallery 7th Annual Color: Bold/Subtle Juried Online International Art Exhibition and at the Great Lakes Aquarium Gallery where he displayed his watercolor art in a show called Saturated Life. An avid nature enthusiast, Maury now lives in Duluth, Minnesota, with his wife and two children. Drawing inspiration from the northern forests and lakes that border Canada with his family is his greatest joy.