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Painting Wildlife Textures Step by Step Hardcover – Mar 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 143 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (March 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891346694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891346692
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21.6 x 29.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #636,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These two books offer complementary approaches. Tilton, former Disney and Columbia studio artist and columnist for the Artist's Magazine, takes the student by the hand for easy, comfortable lessons. In a radical approach, he encourages tracing and copying as beginning teaching aids. An excellent appendix of books, magazines, and video recommendations leads one to the next level. Lawrence's Painting Wildlife can be the next logical step, with its sophisticated treatment of fur, feathers, scale, antlers, etc. Both are highly recommended for libraries whose clientele include both amateurs and professionals.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Rod Lawrence has exhibited at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and is a popular teacher at the Zemsky-Hines Workshops in Montana. He is the only artist to have won the prestigious Michigan Duck Stamp and Trout Stamp design contests seven times. He lives in rural Kalkaska, Michigan with his wife and children. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought this book based on the review and on the sample pages in the hope it would help me to improve my technique in painting wild animals. To be honest I was rather disappointed when I first opened the book. At first I thought the book was meant as a course book for illustrators of wild life books, not painters, due to the poor quality of the illustrations, and the fact that in most cases they dont represent paintings but only details. I found the sample pages looked much better on the screen, especially colorwise, than in the real book (Paperback edition 1996, other editions may be better). My first intention was to rate this book a 3-star because of the poor presentation and illustrations. Take for example, John Agnew's book "Painting the secret world of nature" and you will know what I mean. After a closer look, though, I found Lawrence's book was not as bad after all, especially for the part on the eyes p. 66 and 67, the many explanations and usefull tips and the abundance of step-by-step presentations. Now, after having read the book through and having used it in the past days I feel I have to upgrade my rating to a 5-star as this is one of the most honest, usefull and inspirational art instruction books I have ordered. I call it honest because it really gives you what is written in the title, which is, as compared to other books, already an achievement. Unlike so many other art instruction books, where the artists use the pages as a showcase for their own art pieces instead of communicating anything relevant, you feel Rod Lawrence really wants to share his technique with the reader and does it in a clear, understandable way.Read more ›
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I bought this book for a friend as I lent her mine. She was simply delighted with the book and it's condition.
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By Susanne on Oct. 3 2013
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I'm really thrilled with the detailed examples of fur, feathers, muzzles and so-o-o many other wildlife textures. I've already used one of the examples to finish a deer painting that had been sitting on the easel waiting for me to learn the next step. I recommend this book to new and experienced artists alike.
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By Elaine on July 30 2013
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This book is a must have for artists who want to learn to paint fur and feathers...great reference material.
Once again, being able to see inside helps me decide what I need from a book of reference.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Could have done better on the illustrations ! April 16 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book based on the review and on the sample pages in the hope it would help me to improve my technique in painting wild animals. To be honest I was rather disappointed when I first opened the book. At first I thought the book was meant as a course book for illustrators of wild life books, not painters, due to the poor quality of the illustrations, and the fact that in most cases they dont represent paintings but only details. I found the sample pages looked much better on the screen, especially colorwise, than in the real book (Paperback edition 1996, other editions may be better). My first intention was to rate this book a 3-star because of the poor presentation and illustrations. Take for example, John Agnew's book "Painting the secret world of nature" and you will know what I mean. After a closer look, though, I found Lawrence's book was not as bad after all, especially for the part on the eyes p. 66 and 67, the many explanations and usefull tips and the abundance of step-by-step presentations. Now, after having read the book through and having used it in the past days I feel I have to upgrade my rating to a 5-star as this is one of the most honest, usefull and inspirational art instruction books I have ordered. I call it honest because it really gives you what is written in the title, which is, as compared to other books, already an achievement. Unlike so many other art instruction books, where the artists use the pages as a showcase for their own art pieces instead of communicating anything relevant, you feel Rod Lawrence really wants to share his technique with the reader and does it in a clear, understandable way. It is usefull because you can really sit down and follow the clear step by step demonstrations without having to go through lots of useless text or guru-like nonsense befor you get to the point. No other art instruction book I have seen brings so many step by step demonstrations (50 in total), allowing you to see the steps to follow to achieve the desired result, making your painted fur or feathers look real. The items covered include : fur (long : american elk, short: bobcat, curly: bison), feathers (wing, speculum, body, head), scales, eyes&ears, bills&muzzles, tails&feet, antlers&horns and the different types of whites and blacks. The mediums described are watercolor, oil and acrylic, with a preference for acrylic.
31 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Excellent reference April 27 1998
By caribou@redpanda.com - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent reference with a step by step guide to bringing out the most vital of details in animal art. The techniques, while shown in mainly acrylic painting, are adaptable to any media of your choice. A wonderful tool for the serious or amatur artist.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
"High Quality Examples of Creating AnimalTextures" Feb. 8 2008
By Robert H. Bryngelson - Published on Amazon.com
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Each example is well documented with photographs and step-by-step procedures. The examples are easy to follow and duplicate. Once you have read the book you want to start creating textures immediately. A book every wildlife artist should start with and have.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A great reference on painting wildlife Nov. 8 2010
By Eron - Published on Amazon.com
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I highly recommend the book for anyone who wants to master the art of painting wildlife. The book is generous on providing step by step explanations and color photographs on many different variety of painting nature. A great reference.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Painting Wild Life Textures Oct. 24 2010
By Suzie Q - Published on Amazon.com
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Informative, beautifully presented, easy to follow. The paintings are beautiful. The book is worth every cent!


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