Drawing and Painting Animals with Expression

Search. 2016. 144p. illus. ISBN 9781782213215. pap. $29.95. ART INSTRUCTION
Artist Kruijt approaches animals with admiration, pulling inspiration from their ability to be always "in the moment." The value of working from observation, whether outdoors on location, in zoos, at home with your pet, or in a museum with taxidermied specimens, is emphasized. Photography is discussed as a reference tool, but readers are cautioned to be interpretive and sparing with its use. Early chapters discuss animal anatomy and behavior, accompanied by lots of successful sketches and paintings. The final section is full of step-by-step demonstrations. Tips, such as animal-specific color palettes, are provided throughout.
VERDICT Animal lovers of all artistic skill levels will want to check out this guide.
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