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11-09-2002, 04:34 PM
I searched the forum and found 71 posts with reference to Animal/Wildlife books (72 now :D )
I'll start the list with some and hopefully others will add to it.
Maybe we can keep them all in one place.

"Painting The Secret World of Nature"
By John Agnew
North Light Books
ISBN 1-58180-050-9

"Painting Wildlife Textures Step by Step"
By Rod Lawerence
North Light Books
ISBN 0-89134-669-4

"Painting The Faces Of Wildlife step by step"
By Kalon and Brook Baughan
North Light Books
ISBN 0-89134-962-6

"Painting Nature's Little Creatures"
By Stephen Koury
North Light Books
ISBN 1-58180-162-9

"Painting Wildlife Step by Step"
By Patrick Seslar
North Light Books
ISBN 0-89134-584-1

"Painting The Drama Of Wildlife"
By Terry Isaac (forward by Robert Bateman)
North Light Books
ISBN 0-89134-812-3

"Painting The Allure Of Nature"
By Susan D. Bourdet
North Light Books
ISBN 1-58180-164-5

"Painting Fur And Feathers"
Edited By Rachel Rubin Wolf
North Light Books
ISBN 0-89134-914-6

"Wildlife Painting Basics, Wolves, Foxes & Coyotes"
ByJan Martin McGuire
North Light Books
ISBN 1-58180-051-7

"Wildlife Painting Basics, Deer, Antelope & Other Hooved Animals"
By Cynthie Fisher
North Light Books
ISBN 1-58180-021-5

"An Atlas Of Animal Anatomy For Artists"
By W. Ellenberger, H. Dittrich, & H. Baum
Dover Books
ISBN 0-486-20082-5

online art
11-10-2002, 11:39 AM
I've got/read too many wildlife books to list individually but here's a link to my favourites -


11-10-2002, 11:51 AM
Here`s one I`ve used

Drawing Animals
by Norman Adams, Joe Singer.

11-10-2002, 12:21 PM
A wonderful source of videos and reference photos for waterfowl and various birds such as hawks, owls...etc.,

The Duck Blind has its own website for viewing and ordering. I own several videos, which are near 45min to 1 hour studies of one pair of a specific species of ducks swimming around, jumping up onto a flat area, preening, courting, you name it. Wonderful references! -Larry

The Duck Blind-

11-10-2002, 07:50 PM
Originally posted by snuffy
There is a book called "Painting Wildlife Textures Step by Step" by Rod Lawrence that goes a long way to explaining the fur and feather thing. It isn't very expensive; somewhere around 20 to 25 dollars if I remember correctly.

11-12-2002, 01:06 PM
Thanks for all the information so far.
I think this will be a great thread and hope to see it grow and grow.

One thing that would be helpful is to include is the ISBN# of the book.
On some book sites all you have to do is type in the ISBN# and walla! it appears :D
It is generally found on the back cover above the bar code.

11-16-2002, 10:05 AM
found this one in a thread :)

Originally posted by Nynna
Hello Gaka,
I have recently bought Lesley Harrisons' book - Painting Animals that touch the heart- & I cannot believe her water splashes/sprays/drops!
See if you can get to look at the book.
Your water is excellent also

11-17-2002, 11:36 AM
Okay, here is my list (so far ;) )

Anatomy of the Horse (1938)
Stubbs, George
ISBN# 1 85891 387 X
This one is very detailed and can be downright confusing to a beginner, however I'm starting to really appreciate it now that I've become more serious.

Drawing and Painting Horses (2000)
Oelke, Barbara
ISBN# 0 8230 1419 3
A nice book, it touches on everything (but for the price has very little depth). It does have great examples of master equine artworks

Painting Animals That Touch the Heart (2002)
Harrison, Lesley
ISBN# 1 58180 131 9
My current favorite, I'm just learning pastels and this book is a GREAT insperation! Good step-by-step tutorials on eyes and fur that you could probably apply to most mediums, not just pastels. (I'm hoping she'll do one just on horses someday)

The Art of Animal Drawing (1993)
Hultgren, Ken
ISBN# 0 486 27426 8
Another of my favorites! A nice (inexpensive!) book on anatomy, dynamic movement, poses, and expression. Covers a variety of different animals. However, all the illustrations are in ink so you would have to learn about color etc... somewhere else.

Animal Painting and Anatomy (1936)
Calderon, W. Frank
ISBN# 0 486 22523 2
Another good anatomy book. This one covers horses, cattle, and dogs. I like it because it really shows you how the anatomy underneath the skin affects the outside of the animal (all the "lumps and bumps" and why they are there).

Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil (1999)
Hillberry, J.D.
ISBN# 0 89134 868 9
If you work for realism in charcoal or graphite this is "THE BOOK". Very detailed and easy to understand.

Horses/Oil (1990)
Larimore, Cindy
(A Walter Foster book)
ISBN# 1 56010 065 6
A good book for learning to paint the color of horses, and a good tutorial on eyes! Could be applied to a variety of mediums.

Drawing and Painting Animals (1998)
Aldrich, Edward
ISBN# 0 8230 3607 3
Wow, I forgot I even had this book! It's wonderful and has great tutorials on fur, feathers, and backgrounds in a variety of mediums.

I have more, but I think thats a good start ;) sorry if I repeated any already mentioned in previous posts.

11-20-2002, 11:32 PM
Hi Everyone

Here is my collection...a lot have already been covered by previous posts.

Robert Batemans Natural Worlds
Simon Schuster editions
ISBN: 0-684-82986-x

A Book of Robert Batemans finished works, no demonstrations. It was expensive at $100 Singapore dollars= $115 (aus)

Elephants of Africa
Paul Bosman-Anthony Hall Martin
ISBN: 1-85368-025-7

A great Book of Pastel Wildlife paintings. My most favourite and inspirational Book that I have.

Cats of Africa
Paul Bosman-Anthiny Hill Martin
ISBN: 1-85310-936-3

Another Pastel wildlife painting Book, expensive at $90 (aus)

Wildlife painting-Techniques of the modern masters
Susan Rayfield
ISBN: 0-8230-5748-8

A lot of finished paintings...But very short on the techniques!

Wildlife Art
Selection bt Alan Singer

A good variation of styles and mediums.

More Wildlife painting-Techniques of the modern masters
Susan Rayfield
ISBN: 0-8230-5747-x

Similar to the previous masters techniques, A lot of finished works...But very little on techniques!

The following 2 Books may not belong here, I tried to find another Book post...if some one know where they should go please let me know. I have found them to be of great value in materials, techniques etc

The Artists Handbook
Ray Smith-Knopf publisher-***.randomhouse.com
ISBN: 0-394-55585-6

The complete, practical guide to the tools, techniques and materials of painting, drawing and printmaking-over 1000 illistrations. Great Book!

Artists Manual
Angela Gair-Chronical Books-San Fran.
ISBN: 0-8118-1377-0

A complete guide to painting and drawing materials and techniques. Great Book!



12-01-2002, 08:42 PM
Here is a website that has photos of beautiful birds that bswilson1147 found.
Tons of photos :)


03-29-2003, 01:01 PM
Here is a link to webshots... a montage of every known image you can think of... I ususally go to the community postings... search for an image I want and then ask permission from the owner of the images, if I can paint, or sketch them... 9 times out of 10 I get positive feedback.
If you want to become a member, it is free.


I love this site... it gets addictive.

online art
09-27-2003, 01:48 PM

A member suggested my link would be better suited her - hope nobody minds - I've just finished my demo CD and Leopard painting pack, teaching wildlife art step by step, I think they would be of real use to people starting out in wildlife art.

You can find them both on - www.onlineartdemos.co.uk


01-22-2004, 02:10 PM
Here's a link mazincurvaceous found on drawing Furry, Fluffy & Feathered (http://www.dummies.com/WileyCDA/DummiesArticle/id-1743,subcat-HOBBIES.html)

01-15-2005, 05:50 PM
Hi everyone this is a good thread. :)
I am from D/S forum and I am in the 101 class which also had us do book reports on our favorite books. class 9 is full of great art book reports for your information. :) post #54
I did one on Sam Savitt Drawing horses link below:

02-28-2005, 07:21 PM
Ive also read Lesley Harrisons "Painting Animals That Touch The Heart" and I would recommend it to any one who likes art. But another book is "Anatomy Drawing School" drawings by "Andras Szunyoghy" and text by "Gyorgy Feher". Its just a good reference book. :cat:

02-18-2007, 05:44 PM

I have found some excellent books as well ,however there all by the same artist.

Doug Linstrand

The artist guide to drawing realistic animals

Drawing Mammals: An Artists Reference Guide To North American Mammals

Alaska Sketchbook: An Artists Guide To The People and Wildlife of Americas Last Frontier.

Deer : The Ultimate Artists Reference : A Comprehensive Collection of Sketches,Autographs and Reference Material.

Bear: The Ultimate Artists Reference

:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :D :D :D :D :D

10-27-2008, 03:43 PM
I have two books I can recommend, the first is :

Drawing & Painting Animals By Trudy Friend, it is a problems & solutions type of book which I have found very useful.

The second is :

Keys to Painting Fur & Feathers edited by Rachel Rubin Wolf, another book that I wouldn't be without as it is full of tips whatever medium you use.

Please try them.


02-15-2009, 06:49 PM
Two very beautiful books:

An African Experience
By Simon Combes
My UK edition by Blandford, ISBN 0-7137-2235-5
This is an autobiography of a not-so-very-old artist.

Cats of Africa
By Paul Bosman and Anthony Hall-Martin
My US edition by Smithsonian Institution Press, ISBN 1-56098-760-X
A wonderful combination of scientifically accurate text and great paintings (oils, pastels, pencil).

02-22-2009, 01:21 PM
"The Pencil" by Paul Calle
isbn# 0-89134-118-8

Great work, he did alot of stuff for NASA and his painting is just as impressive!

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06-25-2009, 11:07 PM
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online art
02-11-2011, 03:49 AM
Sounds interesting.

Could you post the link to that Post by James Gurney?

03-30-2011, 01:27 AM
I find this source very useful, it has tons of wildlife photos. It has a plenty of tags and a search field http://pixdaus.com/


05-18-2012, 01:24 AM
Here's some books I've found very useful:
Drawing from Line to Life, Mike Sibley, 978-0-9551-5780-6
Your Artist's Brain, Carl Purcell, 978-1-4403-0844-4
The Big Book of Drawing, Andras Szunyoghy, 978-3-8331-5655-7
Keys to Drawing, Bert Dodson, 978-0-89134-337-0
Drawing From Observation, Brian Curtis, 978-0-07-735627-9

I also followed the drawing schedule described in the first 16 chapters of The Natural Way to Draw, Kimon Nicolaides, but I have a very old book that doesn't have an ISBN number. I know it's still offered on Amazon.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their favorites:clap:

Vivien Maloney
07-12-2014, 12:06 AM
Adding to the great books already mentioned;

"Drawing Animals" by Norman Adams & Joe Singer - published by Watson Guptill

And an extremely old book, probably out of print now, but it covers everything about drawing horses and it's one that I've gone to many times over the years;
"Lets Draw Horses" by H.C Harlan

11-21-2014, 01:45 PM
I found this web page in searching mammal names:


Richard Lydekker was a scientist and his books have spectacular paintings and drawings of F. W. Kuhnert and other artists. First take a look at the three volumes of Wild Life of the World - large PDF files take some time to download but it's worth it. The books are old enough to be in public domain (as far as I can understand).



09-26-2016, 08:40 PM
"The Pencil" by Paul Calle
isbn# 0-89134-118-8

Great work, he did alot of stuff for NASA and his painting is just as impressive!

I was looking at that book too. Would you please tell us some details about what he teaches....what specifically did you take away from his techniques?

Thank you

09-26-2016, 09:22 PM
Has anyone seen this Book? I am wondering if it is worth $180.00

Painting Wildlife in Watercolor.......It is on Amazon