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How to Draw Wild Animals

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From simple shapes to realistic drawings in easy stages Popular subject Extremely simple step-by-step drawing method Great for absolute beginners or any artist wanting to brush up their drawing skills

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Jonathan Newey is an award-winning artist with extensive experience in many drawing and painting mediums including coloured pencil. He comes from a long line of artists in the family and studied art and design at the London College of Printing. He is a City & Guilds qualified teacher and has over 14 years experience of teaching in adult education. He has many drawings and paintings in collections both nationally and internationally and has demonstrated for most of the top manufacturers in the UK. Jonathan is an active promoter of the coloured pencil as a serious drawing medium and is a founder member of the UK Coloured Pencil Society.


Animals are a perennially popular subject for artwork, whether it is a drawing of a favorite pet or a study of a wild animal. Learn how to capture those creatures on paper with this latest entry in Search Press' popular How To Draw series. The animals in here are all of the type you would find in a zoo, and you can take your pick from elephants, big cats, primates, meerkats, lemurs, rhinos and more. The author has a good understanding of what is popular from the animal kingdom right now (no dolphins but everything else) and you are sure to find some of your favorites in here. As with all the titles in this series the author devotes one page at the front of the book to tell you how to use the book and give ideas as to how to find more subjects and convey his enthusiasm for his art. Each page has an animal on it rendered down first to a series of easily drawn rough shapes, and then each subsequent stage adds a few details in brown pencil so you can see how the drawing builds up. This usually takes three or four stages and then the final pair of drawings show the creature in graphite pencil, then in colored pencil. The first steps are easy to tackle and make learning to draw seem fun and reassuringly simple, but there is quite a jump from the final basic sketch to one of the finished drawings. This series is aimed at beginners, and I felt that a couple more drawings would make a lot of difference. However, nobody said that art was easy and anybody keen enough is sure to study those final two pictures and be able to work out what is going on with a bit of thought, sorting those who are serious about learning to draw from those who are not! I had some fun with this book and so will any other animal lover who wants to make some sketches of their favorite beasties.-Myshelf.com Here's a delightful book to show us how to draw wild animals. There's a great selection of wild animals such as big cats, zebra, giraffe, white rhino and a magnificent stag. Once learnt, we can use our skills for intarsia knitting and creating many designs prior to knitting. Amazing results can be achieved using simple techniques, making drawing achievable and fun to do. It's an extremely simple drawing method and ideal for absolute beginners or those wanting to brush up drawing skills.-Machine Knitting Monthly

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