Drawing Birds by Raymond Sheppard

If you like drawing and birdwatching, this book can help you draw birds that look realistic and capture their natural behavior.



Drawing Birds
by Raymond Sheppard

Keywords: reference, drawing, birds, realism, observation, anatomy, morphology.
*Paperback, 128 pages
Published February 15th 2018 by Dover Publications



Just look at those drawings on the cover. I want to draw like that but I refuse to just copy them from 3-step tutorials, they just don’t feel like my own. That is why I got quite excited when I saw this book. It didn’t disappoint. If you want to draw birds that are standing (or flying) right in front of you, this is the book. It has a lot of illustrations and sketches made by British illustrator Raymond Sheppard, that will guide you through the process of visually analyzing and sketching birds.

The book starts with general information about bird anatomy for artists, with special attention to feathers, wings, beaks and feet. Then the book is divided by different kinds of bird studies. In each one, the author talks about how he approaches drawing them, their most prominent anatomical characteristics and their gestures. Some of the groups represented are: ducks (water birds), starlings, raven, heron, kingfisher, birds of prey, flightless birds, domestic birds, among many others. Through these categories you can learn to draw birds in all kinds of situations and with a wide variety of characteristics, habits and environments. There is also help for setting a good background for your bird illustrations.

Fair to mention that this is not a step-by-step book or a drawing basics guide for the one-day hobbyist, you need to get out and practice, not just sit and follow the images from its pages. This book works best for those who want to draw birds from real life or museums and portrait their natural essence, regardless of the media used or level of basic skills.

Did I tell you I’m planning to go out (say whaaat?) and practice sketching nature, people and buildings? no?, well, now I’m telling you! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ve been challenging myself a lot these past months.ย  I want to get out of my comfort zone and become the person I dream to be ๐Ÿ™‚ย  and that is why I’m a bit behind with my reviews (ohhh the irony) but enough about me, be awesome and have a great day!

*I requested (right away!) an eArc from Dover Publications in exchange of a fair reviewย  Thank you!


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About Alicia

I enjoy sharing my love for good books with other people. I wish you can find the type of books meant for you. Art is my passion. Both activities allow me to travel to imaginary places, learn, grow and share my journey with others. Feel free to join me, I love company.


  1. I just love how creative and crafty you are! You are such a talented lady who brings such unique content to the bookish blogosphere. I am so glad we are friends my beautiful unicorn friend!๐Ÿฆ„โค Wonderful Review! I will have to check this out when I get the chance.๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ—’ I use to sketch pretty good all the time and stopped but all your talented and awesome posts make me want to pick it up again. Bad Alicia for making my TBR even bigger!๐Ÿ˜จ Lol.๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • ooh yes! I remember you told me ๐Ÿ˜ I stopped drawing too for a long time, but I rediscovered my passion not so long ago. It is also like a therapy for me, creating keeps me sane and happy ๐Ÿ˜ colors make me so happy! Yes sweetie! some day would be cool to share artistic posts in our blogs with our sketches ๐Ÿ˜ for now I will provide you with colouring pages! oops, i guess now you know what will be the digital present of this month ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‡


      • Oh yay!!!๐Ÿ˜€ I love coloring! I use to color all day everyday. Creativity is my escape as well. I am going to get more into my bullet journal and scrapbook, now! I am also going to work on some sketches because you are so inspirational and reminded me of how theraupeutic it is to ne creative. I use to make homemade everything! I made homemade beeswax lipbalm, body scrubs, different kinds of unique soaps, wreaths and etc!๐Ÿ˜ Girl everything in my house is DIY of a sort. The cheapest way and the most creative way possible. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ’– We will have to share our sketches and colorings and definitely do posts featuring us! Yay! Sorry I am getting super excited now!๐Ÿ˜โค


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