Artist's sketches are the building blocks for their final work. These drawings give the viewer a real insight into the workings of an artist's mind. This beautifully produced book includes a mixture of sketching styles. Robert has separated them into three groups: the very quick, loose, mono notes to record vigorous action, then more considered drawings of birds that are not particularly active, and watercolour or pencil studies of birds that remain still, either preening or feeding etc. All of these artworks have been painted outside from direct observation from locations along the North Norfolk coast. Robert's house looks out over the Wildlife Trusts first ever reserve in the UK, NWT Cley Marshes.
- With a brief introduction by Robert on why and how he sketches and its importance to him, the book gives way to pages of expert observational drawings
- Robert is renowned for his sense of design (most famously the Avocet for the RSPB logo) even supplying the publisher detailed cut and paste page layouts for this book
- The artworks have been reproduced in the book the same size as originally drawn and painted by Robert
Robert Gillmor has been producing art professionally since the age of 16. His work can be found in over 500 publications as artist, editor or author. Robert was one of the founding members of the Society of Wildlife Artists, with Ennion, Shackleton & Scott, and was it's president for 10 years – he still serves as its vice president.
Exhibiting and travelling nationally and internationally, including in Africa and the USA, but he now prefers to work from his studio in Cley, Norfolk producing his beloved linocuts. He has produced 42 stamps for Royal Mail and for the past 20 years he has designed and illustrated the jackets for Collins New Naturalist Series.
"[...] This is a terrific volume, underlining both the exceptional eye of Robert Gillmor and the growing reputation of this small independent publisher. It reveals the process by which the artist watches and records his subjects, and the skill required to capture a moment of movement that defines a particular bird."
- Mike Toms, BTO news, September 2014