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Hardcover Drawing Animals Book

ISBN: 1555213995

ISBN13: 9781555213992

Drawing Animals

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This oversized book is packed with the beautiful, loose and lively drawings Victor Ambrus is known for. This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Draw the Drawings!

These drawings of animals are some of the most beautiful drawings I have ever seen! I have learnt more about drawing from this book than just about any other - you do not learn how to draw from reading.... Draw the drawings! Go to the zoo and draw the animals.... I must admit that I have not read very much at all of the text in this book, but I have drawn each drawing many times and then I go to the zoo and try it from life... Then I come back to the drawings here and marvel at the sheer brilliance of them...

very good but not very instructive

This is a great book. Victor Ambrus, the illustrator of this book, is a skilled draughtsman. Ambrus studied at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, and also at the Royal College of Art in London. He has illustrated around 300 books; I highly recommend his figure drawing book as well. The drawings in this book are very expressive and appear deceivingly simple, however years of skill and practice are what enable a draftsman the ability to edit and reduce the amount of information he records. The drawings were originally done on toned paper but are reproduced in black and white, however the quality of the reproductions are very good. Other reviewers have commented on the little instruction, this is true, the information in this book is kind of sparse. Perhaps this book would better suite people some kind of drawing or artistic background. I guess you have to take it upon yourself to learn by copying or just by trail and error.I found this book helpful enough, but i have had years of artistic training. Ambrus does talk a little about paper, surfaces, and pencils (carbon pencil are his preference *not the same as charcoal), as a plus there is also zoological notes by Mark Ambrus (brother). This book serves as good reference material to understand how to approach drawing living, moving animals at home or at the zoo. The drawings alone are great to look at, and serve as a great learning tool if you decide to copy them. Overall this is a great book and priced right too!

Beautiful drawings, no instruction....

I truly enjoyed this book. Just flipping through the pages and admiring the beautiful sketches was enough to send me to the store to buy a new sketchbook. I only wish there had been more explanation of technique, some little nuggets of wisdom from the artist about his technique.

Great drawings, but doesn't really teach how to do them

If you are a beginner that wants to learn how to draw animals, do not buy this book. If you want to look at pages and pages of beautifully rendered animal drawings, then this will be well worth your money. On most of the pages he gives little biographies on the special of animal and then gives a very brief two or three line paragrah about how he drew it. Mostly he just says I start with the body loosely and then really focused on the head. He repeats this line over and over again. The one other thing he talks about is what medium he used for each drawing. That's about the extent of the instruction though.
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