For ages, man has marveled at the magnificent plumage of brilliantly colored birds—particularly waterfowl. In this innovative volume, Charles W. Frank, Jr., a widely acclaimed waterfowl carver and painter, presents photographically illustrated, step-by-step procedures and techniques for faithfully reproducing the anatomy and the myriad colors of waterfowl, ranging from the Black Mallard and Canada Goose to the Hooded Merganser and the American Widgeon.
While, as the author acknowledges, the use of live fowl as models for carvers and painters may be the preferred method, this technique is impractical for most craftsmen. In the place of live models Frank employs detailed full-color photographs of living specimens, each of which vividly illustrates the steps discussed. Included in this volume is a fold-out painting depicting the anatomy of birds in four basic positions, along with twenty-three chapters with illustrations and a glossary of art terms.
Written for the amateur as well as the professional, the book encourages experimentation in this evolving art and delineates the use of new paints, tools, and techniques.