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A-Z of Bird Portraits: An Illustrated Guide to Painting Beautiful Birds in Acrylics

Handbook / Manual

By: Andrew Forkner(Author)

144 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations

Search Press

Hardback | Nov 2014 | #216402 | ISBN-13: 9781782210023
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NHBS Price: £19.99 $26/€22 approx

About this book

Andrew Forkner's book provides you with all you need to paint a range of birds in acrylics; taking in birds of prey, songbirds and waterbirds from all over the world. It contains information on the materials and preparation you will need to capture the delicacy and majesty of the subjects.
- Twenty-six striking and characterful bird species
- Clear and easy-to-follow step by step projects
- Includes guidance on composition, reference and important bird features


Introduction 6
Materials 8
Colours 10
Composition 12
Basic techniques 18
Features of birds 24
Projects 34
Alcedo atthis Common Kingfisher 36
Aquila chrysaetos Golden Eagle 40
Bombicylla garrulus Bohemian Waxwings 44
Cinclus cinclus White-throated Dipper 48
Dacelo novaeguineae Laughing Kookaburra 52
Egretta garzetta Little Egret 56
Erithacus rubecula European Robin 60
Falco tinnunculus Common Kestrel 64
Fratercula arctica Atlantic Puffin 68
Garrulus glandarius Eurasian Jay 72
Haliaeetus leucocephalus Bald Eagle 76
Icterus galbula Baltimore Oriole 80
Junco hyemalis Dark-eyed Junco 84
Lanius excubitor Great Grey Shrike 88
Merops apiaster European Bee-eater 92
Nycticorax nycticorax Black-crowned Night Heron 96
Oenanthe oenanthe Northern Wheatear 100
Picus viridis Green Woodpecker 104
Quelea quelea Red-billed Quelea 108
Recurvirostra avosetta Pied Avocet 112
Sitta europea Eurasian Nuthatch 116
Troglodytes troglodytes Eurasian Wren 120
Tyto alba Barn Owl 124
Upupa epops Eurasian Hoopoe 128
Vanellus vanellus Northern Lapwing 132
Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus Yellow-headed Blackbird 136
Zenada macroura Mourning Dove 140
Index 144

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Andrew Forkner is a keen naturalist and has travelled the world in search of wildlife. His artwork has also travelled widely, with examples of his art in collections in the UK, Europe, Kenya, Canada, USA and Nepal. A self-taught wildlife artist, he works in a variety of media, including graphite pencil, acrylics and pastel to complete his originals. Andrew lives in Oxfordshire. Andrew is a signature member of The Artists for Conservation Foundation and also a member of The Wildlife Art Society International. He has produced several commissions for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, of which he has been a member for over thirty years.

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