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DRAWING BIRDS (RSPB) Paperback – Jan 1 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: CHRISTOPHER HELM PUBLISHERS LTD (Jan. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713668164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713668162
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #784,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.0 out of 5 stars 14 reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Sketches June 13 2016
By Marypoppins - Published on
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Not quite the detail I expected, more like sketches in my opinion. Still a nice book to learn by.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for bird lovers! June 5 2016
By Juniper Blue - Published on
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Great techniques for field-sketching birds
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars pretty book, but disappointing March 26 2011
By Kim - Published on
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This book is very pretty, and nicely done; was shipped perfectly, but is disappointing in content. It doesn't involve any drawing lessons, just lots and lots of images of how others have done it, and then only the finished product. Not a drawing book at all, just a book of drawings(and paintings). Lovely, but not what I wanted, will be returning this one.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drawing Birds Sept. 17 2008
By Mark Amey - Published on
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I bought 'Drawing Birds' for my twelve year old son, who has recently shown some interest in art.

As they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. He produced three quite professional looking drawings within a few hours of looking at the book. This is amazing to me, as I am barely capable of drawing stick figures!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Book for Artists Seriously Interested in Drawing Birds Oct. 11 2010
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I purchased this book after it was recommended by an art instructor in a wildlife and bird painting class. The book is such a spectacular reference book, as well as highly enjoyable to flip through, that I was shocked when I finally got around to looking at the reviews of it here on Amazon and saw that there were two one star reviews. The only possible explanation for this to me is a real mismatch between expectations and what the book promises - and delivers by the boatload. First a little background on me - I'm certified as a master birder through Seattle Audubon and lead field trips for several Audubon societies. I retired a couple years ago and embarked on doing art after having been discouraged from doing so by a ninth grade teacher (decades ago) so even at a 'mature' age I was a complete beginner in art. This book is absolutely perfect for birders who want to combine their birding with art, or for artists wanting to improve their knowledge of and ability to draw birds. Busby's only possible 'fault' in this book - which is its biggest strength to me and others I know - is that it focuses on sketching birds from life as a starting point to bird art. Busby's ability to capture the essence of a bird largely on locastion is truly amazing, and a skill that is in short supply at his level. I guess if your goal is to slavishly and stiffly copy a standard field guide side profile static view of a bird, then you might not see the value in this book. However, if you can learn to sketch in the field even half as good as John Busby, your ability to draw (and paint) birds will absolutely soar. What I have found is that even though I am a fairly experienced and capable birder, I really never 'saw' species the way you do when you work from life in the way Busby recommends. It has truly opened up a whole new world with both my birding and my attempt to become a passable wildlife and bird artist.

If I had to pick a nit with the book, the best I could do would be to say that its largest focus is seabirds and waterfowl as compared to some other families of birds. This is probably due to a couple factors - Busby lived in England and had a lot of access to these species, and they are somewhat more cooperative models than other birds. However, with over 8,000 species of birds in the world (and around 800 in just the US) an artist can barely scratch the surface even with a long and distinguished career.