This title helps you create beautiful studies of a variety of subjects, ranging from farmyard chickens and common dragonflies to more exotic creatures such as flamingos and puffins. You can learn techniques for drawing feathers, scales and shells, with guidance on how to capture the basic shape, anatomical details, textures and markings. It shows you how to draw and paint with a range of media, from working with pencils, charcoal and pastels to using water paints, gouache, acrylics and oils. Galleries of professional art offer insights into how different effects can be achieved. It features 15 projects, from a flying pelican and a leaping dolphin to a vibrant tropical fish and a delicate butterfly. Birds, marine creatures and insects are fascinating subjects in art, and this book demonstrates how to draw and paint them, step by step. Tutorials show how to depict birds' eyes, beaks, claws and feathers, marine creatures' bodies, fins and scales, and insects' shells, legs and antennae, and an exquisite gallery of contemporary paintings is included for inspiration. The book covers a wide variety of subjects, such as farmyard chickens, eagle owl, flamingo, pelicans, parrot, geese, puffin, tropical fish, dolphin, dragonfly, beetle, bee and butterfly. It includes over 480 beautiful photographs and illustrations, and is an essential guide for the amateur or professional artist.