The Ultimate Reference Guide for Bird Lovers, Woodcarvers, and Artists For the first time in a single volume, renowned illustrator, sculptor, woodcarver, and wildlife enthusiast Denny Rogers presents his detailed and celebrated drawings of distinguished birds of prey: the red-tailed hawk, the American kestrel, and the peregrine falcon. Based on the author's extensive research of live raptors, The Illustrated Birds of Prey features 200 meticulous and anatomically accurate drawings that capture each magnificent bird in multiple poses from every angle and in minute detail - while documenting their natural behavior and fierce predatory nature. Inside The Illustrated Birds of Prey, you'll find: - 47 drawings of the large red-tailed hawk, the most familiar hawk in North America. - 65 drawings of the peregrine falcon, the world's fastest bird with diving speeds of up to 200 mph. - 87 drawings of the American kestrel, considered the most colorful predator bird in the world. - Proportion charts for adapting each drawing to various sizes. You'll also discover comprehensive line drawings of flight and contour feathers, exclusive color charts created by award winning bird carver Lori Corbett, and a gorgeous galleryof artistic interpretations of the raptors by some of the world's finest artists. No wildlife artist, woodcarver, or sculptor, should be without this complete, one-of-a-kind resource!
"Denny Roger's superb drawings and vital information will provide a welcome and much needed addition to any wildfowl reference library." --Floyd Scholz, master carver, The Vermont Raptor Academy I encourage any serious bird student, artist, or photographer to acquire at least one of these spectacular titles. There probably isn't a better reference available for anyone interested in portraying these amazing creatures. "Any birdwatcher who has marveled at the beauty of a kestrel, Red-tail, or Peregrine will be delighted by the detail and usefulness of Denny Rogers' drawings. Not only do they make plain how wings fold, tails spread, and feather groups work one with the other, but they reveal bars, streaks, stripes, speckles, and other field marks so important to birdwatchers. I've often wished I could study the falcons and hawks that flash past in the field for as long as I wanted. With this book, I can." Chuck Hagner is the editor of Birder's World magazine and the author of the books Wings of Spring and Field Guide to Ducks and Geese. Well-executed reference drawings are invaluable aids to any artist and carver wanting to achieve realism in their work. Multiple drawings of the same bird in different positions are tremendously useful. The detailed feather studies showcase many areas that don't appear in reference photographs. Lori Corbett's accompanying color studies are a detailed and highly useful companion to Rogers' drawings. "Clear, informative reference is the fuel that fires the creative process in wildlife art. When striving to render an accurate likeness of a subject, feathered, finned or furred, you are only as good as your accumulated knowledge allows. There is no substitute to getting out in the field and seeing first hand the real thing. Unfortunately, for many, this is not always possible as some of the rarer and more elusive raptors can be difficult to approach. Perhaps that's one of the things that make them so intriguing. Denny Rogers' superb drawings and vital information will certainly provide a welcome and much needed addition to any wildfowl reference library. The information provided in this book will be a big help to anyone interested in improving their understanding of birds of prey and the subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, physical traits that make them unique."
Series: Denny Rogers Visual Reference Ser.
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 30th May 2007
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 21.6
Weight (kg): 1.08