Few creatures symbolise the beauty of the natural world better than birds. Their delicacy, poise and power combine to create an irresistible subject for the artist. In this his first book, award-winning artist Alan Woollett captures perfectly, in breathtaking detail, the exquisite beauty of birds in their natural environments using graphite and coloured pencils, often combining both media in the same composition. More than a teaching guide, this book is a sumptuous source of ideas and inspiration that covers everything from observing birds in the wild to photography, composition and setting. With clear, step-by-step demonstrations and projects to work through as well as numerous examples of the author's stunning artworks, this book represents a true masterclass in the art of drawing birds.
Since childhood, Alan Woollett has drawn inspiration from the natural world, drawing and painting the birds and animals he saw around him. After graduating from the Kent Institute of Art and Design, Alan has concentrated on wildlife art. A member of The Wildlife Art Society, Alan regularly exhibits around the UK, including with the Society of Wildlife Artists. He has won a number of prestigious awards including winner of the 'Earth's Beautiful Creatures' category in the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation's Wildlife Artist of the Year awards 2016; Bird Artist of the Year 2000, awarded by Birdwatch Magazine and had a piece selected for the prestigious Birds in Art exhibition in Wisconsin, USA, in 2011. Alan Woollett lives and works in Kent, UK.