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The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is drawing nature.


Six Superlative Sources

· Bio-Art: The Art of Nature

· Duval, Paul. Group of Seven Drawings 1965. Burns and MacEachern. 1965.

· Ellenberger, W. and H. Dittrich H. Baum. An Atlas of Animal Anatomy for Artists. Dover. 1956.

· Lansdowne, J. Fenwick. 1966. Birds of the Northern Forest. McClelland and Stewart.

· Leonardo da Vinci. Nature Studies from the Royal Library at Windsor Castle. Catalogue by Carlo Pedretti, 1981. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

· Thompson, Ernest E. Anatomy of Animals. Seton. 1896. Studio Editions Ltd. 1990.

Other Excellent Sources

· Bateman, Robert. The Art of Robert Bateman. Toronto. Penguin. 1981. Lots of typically "big" Bateman art with a few nice sketches.

· Brockie, Keith. Keith Brockie's Wildlife Sketchbook. J.M. Dent and Sons. 1981.

· Brockies, Keith. One Man's Island. London. J.M. Dent and Sons. 1984.

· Brockies, Keith. The Silvery Tay. London. J.M. Dent and Sons. 1988.

· Brockies, Keith. Mountain Reflections. Edinburgh. Mainstream Publishing. 1993. Superb examples of field sketching by Scottish artist-naturalist.

· Brockies, Keith. "One Man's Island" -- a one hour show from PBS's Nature series.

· Brusewitz, Gunnar. Wings and Seasons. Stockholm. Wahlstrom and Widstrand. 1980. A year-long field journal - nice drawings.

· Busby, John. The Living Birds of Eric Ennion. Victor Gollancz. 1982. Ennion, an English country M.D., produced an amazing collection of field sketches. Built his bird reference library from his own observations -- many drawn on the back of manila envelopes.

· Cahalane, Victor H. Mammals of North America. MacMillan. 1961. Hundreds of superb pen and ink and scratchboard drawings by Francis Lee Jaques.

· Cuvier, George and Laurrillard. Anatomie Comparee. Paris. 1849. Full of stunning anatomical drawings of a whole range of creatures. Text is French, drawings speak for themselves. Widely reprinted and easier to track down than you might think.

· DeJoode, Ton and Anthonie Stolk. The Backyard Bestiary. New York. Alfred A. Knopf. 1982. Full of very nice pencil and watercolour drawings by Kees de Keifte.

· Duval, Paul. The Art of Glen Loates. Toronto. Cerebrus Publishing. 1977. More of Loates drawings, a few nice field studies.

· Ellenberger, W. and H. Dittrich H. Baum. An Atlas of Animal Anatomy for Artists. New York. Dover. 1956. The most readily available source of anatomy. Great bibliography.

· Groves, Naomi Jackson. A.Y.'s Canada. Toronto. Clarke Irwin. 1968. A collection of A.Y. Jackson's pencil drawings -- many landscapes.

· Harris, Lawren. The Drawings of Lawren S. Harris. Douglas McIntyre. 1982.

· Holden, Edith. The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady. New York. Holt Reinhart and Wilson. 1977. Renewed the public's interest in published field sketchbooks. Nice studies of plants and birds. Also emphasizes repression women like Holden and Potter faced during Victorian-Edwardian era.

· Harris-Ching, Raymond. Wild Portraits. Seto Publishing. 1988.

· Harris-Ching, Raymond. New Zealand Birds -- An Artist's Field Studies. Methuen. 1986.

· Harris-Ching, Raymond. Studies and Sketches of a Bird Painter. New York. Abram. 1981. Brilliant -- New Zealand artist who stresses field study. Anything by Harris-Ching is worth studying.

· Hoving, Thomas. Two Worlds of Andrew Wyeth - A conversation with Andrew Wyeth. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1978. The consummate draughtsman -- a wonderful discussion of his working methods and a nice collection of his sketches. There's a big collection of Wyeth works -- all worth looking at.

· Hummel, Monte. Wild Hunters. Key Porter. Sherry Pettigrew Illustrated with sketches by Robert Bateman. 1991.

· James, Ross. Glen Loates -- Birds of North America. Cerebrus Publishing. 1979.

· Johnson, Cathy. Beginning the Study of Nature. Walker and Company. 1991. Nice pencil studies and field sketches done in the artists backyard.

· Karstad, Aleta. Canadian Nature Notebook. McGraw-Hill Ryerson. Sketchbook of artists-naturalist as she travels across Canada (that late seventies "van camping trip"). 1978.

· Kingdon, Jonathan. East African Mammals. 7 (!) volumes. University of Chicago Press. 1971-1982. An unparalleled work by an amateur zoologist (an art school graduate) -- the definitive work on mammals of East Africa just full of amazing drawings. Shows the full potential of drawing as a way of learning and knowing.

· Knox, Rawle (ed.). The Work of E.H. Shepard. New York. Skhocken Books. 1978. The illustrator of Wind in the Willows and Winnie the Pooh was a good naturalist and spent a great deal of time sketching in the field.

· Laing, Hamilton. Allan Brooks: Artist/Naturalist. Victoria, British Columbia. The British Columbia Provincial Museum. 1979. Brooks, along with Fuertes, was one of the first modern bird painters. Deserves to be better known.

· Lansdowne, J. Fenwick. Birds of the Eastern Forest. Volume 1 and 2. Houghton Mifflin. 1968-1970.

· Lansdowne, J. Fenwick. Birds of the West Coast. Houghton Mifflin. 1976. Lansdowne, a Canadian, is one of the great bird painters. The best feature of these books is that each painting is accompanied by several of his preliminary field studies.

· Lawrence, Louise de Kiriline. The Lovely and the Wild. Natural Heritage. 1987. Quick sketches by Loates -- uncharacteristically "loose," though he seems to be unfortunately attracted to spatter technique in all.

· Linder, Enid and Leslie Linder. The Art of Beatrix Potter. Frederick Warner and Company. 1972. The writer-illustrator of Peter Rabbit was a wonderful field naturalist -- a great collection from her sketchbooks.

· Loates, Glen. A Brush with Life. Prentice Hall. 1989. Loates is a fine draughtsman and painter. Some wonderful examples of pre-studies and drawings but the text by Glen Warner pretty cloying. Also see Duval, James, Lawrence.

· Luce, Donald T. and Laura M. Andrews. Francis Lee Jaques: Artist. University of Minnesota Press. 1982. Nice examples of his working techniques plus his unmatched pen and ink techniques.

· MacDonald, J.E.H. Sketchbook 1914-1922. Moonbeam, Penumbra Press. 1979. Another nice collection of sketches by member of Group of Sever -- great vegetation and landscape sketches.

· Mackenzie, John. P.S. Birds in Peril. McGraw-Hill Ryerson. More of Shortt's fine field studies. 1977.

· Marsh, Janet. Janet Marsh's Nature Diary. Michael Joseph. 1984. A really nice study through four seasons along an English river. Very fine pencil and colored wash drawings.

· Muybridge, Eadweard. Animals in Motion. 1899. Dover Reprint. 1925.

· Neff, Nancy A. The Big Cats: The Paintings of Guy Coheleach. Harry N. Abrams. 1982. A wonderful book, beautiful pencil sketches throughout, plus reproductions of his cat paintings. The illustrations are accompanied by great text summarizing what we know about the biology of each species. The introductory chapters on evolution, and form and function, are a must for anyone who is interested in drawing the big cats, or any cats, convincingly.

· Peck, Robert McCracken. A Celebration of Birds: The Life and Art of Louis Agassiz Fuertes. Walker and Company. 1982. Fuertes was a contemporary of Brooks and Tunnicliffe. Together they changed the way birds were depicted, growing away from the styled excesses of Audubon. Always emphasized value of field study and sketching.

· Poortvliet, Rien. The Living Forest. Harry N. Abrams. 1973. Poortvliet has published a number of books with beautiful loose painting-sketching style.

· Scott, Peter. Observations of Wildlife. Phaidon Press. 1980. Among other accomplishments, Sir Peter Scott, the founder of World Wildlife Fund, was primarily an artist -- wonderful field studies.

· Seton, Ernest Thompson. The Worlds of Ernest Thompson Seton. Knopf. 1976. Any of Seton's many books are wonderfully illustrated with his field drawings -- this is a good overview.

· Seton, Ernest Thompson. Lives of Game Animals. Doubleday. 1925-27. A four (or eight) part set, full of drawings and still a valuable reference work (also see Thompson).

· Shortt, Terence M. Wild Birds of Canada and the Americas. Pagurian Press.1977. Was the chief artist at the Royal Ontario Museum, famous for lovely pen and ink drawings in Last of the Curlews by Fred Bodsworth. This book has many excellent field studies -- pencil and watercolor. Also see John Mackenzie Birds in Peril.

· Thompson, Ernest E. Seton. Anatomy of Animals. 1896. Studio Editions Ltd. 1990. Seton's (Thompson's!) first book, before his first of several name changes.

· Tunnicliffe, C.F. A Sketchbook of Birds. Victor Gollancz Ltd. One of the great draughtsmen and bird artists. 1979.

· Walker Leslie, Clare. Notes from a Naturalist's Sketchbook. Houghton Mifflin. 1981. Collection of her drawings in sketchbook format.

· Zwinger, Ann. Beyond the Aspen Grove. Random House. 1970.

· Zwinger, Ann. The Mysterious Lands: A Naturalist Explores Four Great Deserts of the Southwest. University of Arizona Press. 1996. One of the best contemporary nature writers -- who draws very well and fills her books with nice sketches done in the field.

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