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The Field Guide to Drawing & Sketching Animals

Handbook / Manual
By: Tim Pond(Author), Ben Garrod(Foreword By)
192 pages, 650 colour illustrations
Publisher: Search Press
The Field Guide to Drawing & Sketching Animals
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  • The Field Guide to Drawing & Sketching Animals ISBN: 9781782215127 Flexibound Jan 2019 In stock
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About this book

Artist Tim Pond's lively and engaging book fuses science with art, providing the reader with the skills, techniques and knowledge they need to create sketches of animals filled with life and movement.

There are some very good books written on life drawing, yet when it comes to drawing wildlife, illustrators and artists often revert to working solely from photographs, which can leave the artwork looking lifeless and flat. In this inspirational book, artist Tim Pond shows you how to observe and draw animals in zoos, farms, wildlife parks and aquariums, teaching you some fascinating facts about the animals along the way and ultimately bringing you closer to nature.

One of the challenges with sketching wildlife is that animals are constantly moving. However by having some basic understanding of the biology of an animal, such as knowing that a duck has a cheek or that a cheetah cant retract its claws, can influence how you might sketch them, and results in a lively drawing that captures the form, movement and ultimately the spirit of the animal in question. Combining scientific knowledge with expert practical guidance is key to creating successful drawings of animals, and Tims ability to convey this in a way that is both accessible and engaging makes this a unique and inspiring guide suitable for artists of all levels.

Tims book takes you on a journey of discovery that will enable you to develop the skills, techniques and knowledge you need to sketch a broad range of wildlife, encompassing mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and insects. It includes quick, gestural sketches as well as linear and tonal studies, in a variety of media – pencil, pen and ink, and watercolour. There are numerous studies comprising how to represent the different patterns of animals coats, how to capture the plumage of an exotic bird in watercolour, and how to sketch a hippos hooves, as well as guidance on tools, materials and basic techniques. The result is a treasure chest of fascinating facts, studies, sketches and annotated drawings that will not fail to ignite your enthusiasm for drawing animals from life.


Introduction 6
The blank page 8
Study sheets 16
The sea, and life 20
Connections 22
Common features 24
Anatomical adaptation 32
Welcome to the animal kingdom 34
Sponges 36
Jellyfish 38
Corals 40
Cephalopods 42
Octopuses 44
Slugs and snails 46
Arthropods 48
Habitat: Coast 50
Shrimp 52
Insects 54
Praying mantises 58
Metamorphosis 60
Butterflies and moths 62
Monarch butterflies 64
Spiders and scorpions 66
Fish 68
Sharks 72
Boxfish 74
Symbiosis 76
Seahorses 78
Seadragons 80
Habitat: Coral reefs 82
Porcupine fish 84
Common goldfish 86
Amphibians and reptiles 88
Frogs and toads 90
Green iguanas 92
Crocodilians 94
Crocodiles 96
Tortoises, turtles and terrapins 98
Dinosaurs 100
Mammals 102
Red deer 104
Fallow deer 106
Red river hogs 108
Warthogs 110
Hippopotamuses 112
Giraffes 114
Pivot points 116
Malayan tapirs 118
Rhinoceroses 120
Zebras 122
Habitat: The farm 124
Elephants 126
Sloths 130
Cats 132
Jaguars 134
Cheetahs 136
Lions 138
Tigers 140
Habitat: Woodlands 142
African hunting dogs 144
Bears 148
South American coatis 150
Red kangaroos 152
Primates 154
Lemurs 156
Monkeys 158
Gorillas 160
Chimpanzees 162
Movement through water 164
Pinnipeds 166
Otters 168
Blue whales 170
Movement through air 172
Bats 174
Birds 176
Bird origins 178
Bird anatomy 180
Owls 184
Greater flamingos 188
Penguins 190
Index 192

Customer Reviews


Tim Pond's artwork spans two decades of working in a wide range of different media and clients. He is particularly recognised for his dip pen and ink work which has appeared in the Guardian Newspaper and a wide range of other publications. Sketching from nature has taken Tim from being an expedition artist in Alaska, to sketching leaves in a tropical forest in Mexico. Tim runs drawing workshops.

Handbook / Manual
By: Tim Pond(Author), Ben Garrod(Foreword By)
192 pages, 650 colour illustrations
Publisher: Search Press
Media reviews

" This comprehensive guide to drawing animals will give you everything you need to know. Tim suggests ways of simplifying your approach to shape, form, structure and physical features so that you'll get perfect results every time. He calls these little tricks Widgets and Gizmos and they do seem to work like magic. In practice, they're just simple grids and block outlines that point you in the right direction before you can overthink the problem. You'll wonder why no-one's ever told you about them before! Every type of animal is here, from primates to ungulates and shellfish to amphibians. You've never wanted to draw a shrimp? Tim's approach is so enticing and encouraging that you'll be itching to do so the moment you see what's possible. Although thorough, Tim's approach is straightforward and never intimidating. In the anatomical diagrams, the differently coloured shading makes it easy to follow the structure that underlies the outward appearance of your subject. The whole book is a work of art that will have you producing your own in a very short time."


"Tim Pond's Field Guide to Drawing & Sketching Animals is a keystone book for anyone wishing to draw animals that are both scientfically accurate and full of life. He does a deep dive into the anatomy and structure of animals but with a keen understanding of what the artist needs to see and understand. He has cut through irrelevant chatter to emphasise what you need to get the beast onto paper. His approach supports drawings that show the behaviour, mannerisms, and character, transforming a sketch from a generic diagram to an intimate portrait, the breadth of his examples, from sponges to gorillas is a celebration of the biodiversity of the Earth and an inspiration to naturalist-artists."
John Muir Laws

"This is, without doubt, the best book on animal drawing I have ever seen. Not only are the results attractive and the very thing you'd want to be able to draw yourself, the comprehensive coverage and simple explanations are second to none. Simplicity is the key to Tim's approach, both in working and teaching. His creatures frequently stand alone, and never have more props or background than is absolutely necessary. That way, they leap off the page, both in monochrome and colour. As well as some neat 'widgets and gizmos' - simple shape-based ways of getting started - Tim also uses colour shading to handle the tricky subject of musculature and underlying structure. Finally, there's a way of getting to grips with this necessary topic. Subjects include birds, mammals, fish and crustaceans and there are sketches, studies and a variety of poses throughout. This book is always exciting, inspiring and thoroughly informative."
The Artist, June 2019

"This remarkable comprehensive guide will tell you all you need to know about drawing everything from amphibians to primates. If that sounds like an overwhelming and perhaps breathless task, Tim is completely at home with his subject and breaks it all down into manageable chunks. I particularly like his "widgets and gizmos" – little sidebars that contain tricks that include the use of geometric shapes, grids and outlines that get structure and proportion right first time and, above all, painlessly. This is a lot more than sleight of hand, though, and there's a lot of real science (as well as art) behind what suddenly seems easy. Tim uses shading to show how structure works beneath the skin – anatomical lessons suddenly become about art rather than anatomy. So far, I haven't mentioned the sheer quality of the work that Tim produces. While remaining faithfully accurate to shape and structure, there's a pleasant looseness to his style. It gives instant character and that sense of potential movement animals possess even at rest. Most of the illustrations don't have backgrounds but, where they do appear, they don't dominate and are always appropriate. The focus is always on the main subject, as it should be. Although the title might suggest that this is a pen and pencil book, there's plenty of colour and Tim shows you how to use watercolour to add shape, texture and tone to your outlines. I hope I've conveyed to you how much I love this. It's a visual feast that makes it impossible not to want to get started, even if you've never thought of drawing animals before. Even better, it fulfils its promise and takes you right through the process. Tim is a genius in every respect and this really could be the only book on animal drawing you'll ever need."
Paint magazine (March 2019)

"In this practical guide to drawing and sketching animals, Tim Pond shows us how to observe animals in natural environments - from zoos and farms to wildlife parks and aquariums. To cope with animals' constant movement, Tim explains how a basic knowledge of biology can help you to capture the spirit of your subject as well as its form. Fascinating facts about animals are included along the way, making this a lively as well as inspiring guide to better sketching techniques."
Leisure Painter, April 2019

"This is, I think, the best book on drawing animals I've seen. The sheer breadth of the coverage and the amount of detail that Tim goes into is breathtaking. More than that, though, it remains at all times completely accessible and youre never left feeling bewildered by the amount of information on every page."

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