Today is a very exciting day as I can announce that I’ve been commissioned by Crowood Press to write and illustrate a wildlife art guide.
The Wildlife Artist’s Handbook will be part of Crowood Press’s series of art titles. All are practical guides, treat the subject in depth and are lavishly illustrated. They start with the basics for those new to the subject and build up to advance techniques, thus appealing to all levels of artists.
The aim of my book is to provide an overview to the wildlife art world as well as giving plenty of practical advice. Subject matter will include worldwide animals, birds, insects and reptiles but not domestic animals. The book will be lavishly illustrated not only to show techniques but also to provide inspiration by showcasing some of the best of today’s wildlife art. I’m very encouraged that other artists have already expressed an interested in having their images included.
The book will be include:
- Practical drawing a nd painting tips
- Tips for working outdoors
- Print making, sculpture and mixed media
- Recommended equipment
- Photography & the wildlife artist
- A brief history of wildlife art
- Wildlife art on the web
- Wildlife art galleries, societies, competitions, magazines
Publication is due in November 2013.
Even at this early stage I am very encouraged by the feedback I’ve received about the book. Nature in Art Museum and Gallery is fully supportive and have agreed to a book launch and to my reproducing some images from their collection. West Midland Safari Park have kindly supplied complimentary entrance tickets so that I can sketch and study animals in their extensive collection.
At the moment the book is still at the research stage. Whilst I already have a good idea of what I want to put in the book, I’d be most interested to hear from others about what they think should be included. If you’d like to suggest any topics or techniques please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming soon: a dedicated Wildlife Artist’s Handbook page on my website with more information and regular updates as the book progresses.