As a very new bird painter/Artist, - I use this in the loosest possible terms after just three months of trying - when I saw the title of this book I was very excited, but then I took a quick flick through and realised just how poor my own work was!
After reading the excellent forward by Bill Oddie, I delved into the main text, and soon realised this was going to be much more than just a guide on how to draw birds. It was in fact an in-depth study into bird structure and movement, feather construction, their relationship to their surroundings and much, much more; knowledge one needs to improve one`s chances of capturing a bird`s essence on paper.
At no point does John Busby lecture you on how to paint, even though he was an academic; lecturing at Edinburgh Art College. He knows everyone has different styles, and says we should all paint in our own way; a way with which we feel comfortable. This book is, instead, filled with lots of tips on a range of topics such as composition, what features to pick out, and what to ignore and so forth. There is a great deal more besides, but you`ll have to read the book yourself to find out!
What is more, the book is packed with paintings, drawings, field sketches and even an odd photo or two as illustrations, from 38 of the world`s premier wildlife artists, and is worth the money for these pictures alone (where else could you find a comprehensive range of images, from the world`s leading artists for under 20 quid).
For budding artists this title is invaluable, for art fans it is delightful and for mere birdwatchers this book holds some fascinating insights into the creatures we love to watch.