Books  General Natural History  Hobbies & Crafts 

Drawing Birds

Handbook / ManualNew

By: Andrew Forkner(Author)

96 pages, 160 b/w illustrations

Search Press

Paperback | May 2018 | #239857 | ISBN-13: 9781782214922
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £12.99 $17/€15 approx

About this book

An expert guide to producing beautiful lifelike drawings of birds in their natural habitat.

Drawing Birds is an expert guide to producing beautiful lifelike drawings of birds in their natural habitat. Artists of all interests will find a lot to inspire them in this detailed, practical and beautiful guide on drawing birds. Drawing Birds includes sections on materials, basic techniques and reference gathering, as well as how to draw the key features of birds such as beaks, eyes, claws, wings and feathers. A special section focuses on birds in flight, and this is followed by chapters on the main bird groups including: Waders and water birds, Wildfowl, Birds of prey, Owls, Garden and woodland birds, Seabirds and Game birds.

Each chapter covers the techniques specific to the group as well as numerous examples and a full step-by-step demonstration. The absence of colour means that Andrew uses other aspects such as pattern, shading and shape to give his paintings life and interest. Written for artists who wish to apply their skills to drawing birds, as well as experienced artists who want to improve their drawing skills, this is an expert guide to producing exquisitely rendered, lifelike drawings of birds in their natural habitats and nothing could be more inspirational than Andrews accurately observed and truly beautiful drawings.


Introduction   6
The history of drawing birds   8
Materials   12
How to start   18

Wings   24
Feathers   26
Eyes   28
Beaks and bills   30
Feet   32

Bird groups   40
Waders and waterbirds   42
Common moorhen step by step   44
Wildfowl   50
Canada geese step by step   52
Seabirds   58
Atlantic puffin step by step   60
Birds of prey   64
Lanner falcon step by step   66
Owls   72
Snowy owl step by step   74
Garden and woodland birds   80
European goldfinch step by stepx82
Game birds   88
Red-legged partridge step by step   90

Index   96

Write a review

There are currently no reviews for this book. Be the first to review this book!


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. He has produced several commissions for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, of which he has been a member for almost 40 years. Andrew lives in Oxfordshire.

Bestsellers in this subject

Bird Art

NHBS Price: £15.99 $21/€18 approx

Drawing Birds

NHBS Price: £19.99 $27/€23 approx

Watercolour Flower Portraits

NHBS Price: £15.99 $21/€18 approx

The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds

NHBS Price: £24.99 $34/€29 approx

Botanical Illustration Course with the Eden Project

NHBS Price: £14.99 $20/€17 approx

VAT: GB 407 4846 44
NHBS Ltd is registered in England and Wales: 1875194