Whether a beautiful black bear, furtive fox, or sprightly squirrel, Forest Animals features a wide array of majestic creatures. Drawing in pencil is a fundamental topic in art instruction and a good starting point for any artist, whether a novice or a master. In Drawing Made Easy: Forest Animals, artists will learn everything they need to know for achieving realistic animal and wildlife compositions in pencil, while intermediate artists will have an opportunity to brush up on key pencil-drawing skills. Along the way, artists will also learn valuable information about planning a drawing; working from photographs; mastering perspective; and rendering a range of textures, including fur, trees and tree bark, foliage, and much more. The book opens with an introduction to the basic drawing tools and materials, including pencils, erasers, supports, and blending tools. From choosing the right drawing paper to learning how to handle the pencil to mastering basic pencil strokes, Forest Animals features valuable information for learning to draw wildlife in graphite pencil. With in-depth step-by-step projects that progress to detailed, realistic final drawings, artists will learn to draw a variety of interesting forest animals, including a raccoon, a deer, and a pair of foxes. With expert instruction, a breadth of subject matter, helpful tips, and inspirational artwork, Forest Animals is the perfect addition to any animal-loving artist's reference library.
Maury Aaseng has always been excited about drawing and art. After graduating with a BFA in graphic design from the University of Minnesota--Duluth, he moved to San Diego to begin an illustration career. His freelance work over the last eight years has spanned a variety of subject matter and styles. The range of his work has included anatomical illustration and cartoons for medical textbooks, informative illustrations for young adult nonfiction, custom watercolor work for independent authors, and logo design and creation. The variety has continued to fuel the creative spark that makes illustration work rewarding for him. In 2010, his artwork was featured in the Upstream People Gallery 7th Annual Color: Bold/Subtle Juried Online International Art Exhibition. An avid nature enthusiast, Maury moved back to Duluth in 2009, where he supplements his illustration work with wildlife photography and painting, hiking, skiing, and canoeing in the northern forests that border Canada. Maury lives with his wife, who works as a graphic designer at the university.