Re: The Wildlife Artist's Handbook
Another How to draw... book is probably well-known in America, where it was published by Heyday Books, but perhaps less so in other countries. It's the Laws Guide to Drawing Birds by John Muir Laws, ISBN-13: 978-1597141956. Lots of good information about drawing birds, taking each part of the body in turn, and then looking at different groups of birds - raptors, wildfowl and so on. The author includes art techniques such as colour mixing, field sketching, using negative shapes, painting iridescence and watercolours. Unlike the previous books I've recommended here, all the illustrations are by the author, so it doesn't have the range of styles that other publications show. Nevertheless, it's a good book for those new to the subject, and for those with more experience. I've been drawing birds for decades and I gained new insights from it.