Re: The Wildlife Artist's Handbook
Another book I think is brilliant for bird artists is Katrina van Grouw's The Unfeathered Bird. Katrina is a Royal College of Art graduate and an expert in bird anatomy. Her book is devoted to bird portraits, but showing what goes on beneath the feathers. All the skeletons are shown in characteristic poses - a gannet diving, a penguin porpoising, a sparrowhawk with prey -giving the artist a chance to see exactly how the bones are arranged. There are detailed studies of skulls, feet, bills, eyes. The sepia ink on cream paper gives the illustrations an almost historic feel. The text is scientifically accurate, but thoroughly readable: no jargon involved. It's altogether a beautiful book and a thoroughly useful one. Highly recommended.
Published by Princeton University Press, ASIN: B00GOHLGFG, ISBN-13: 978-0691151342