Drawing Adirondack Wildlife
by Sheri Amsel

64 pages
ISBN 0-9713069-0-7
8-1/2" x 7-1/4"
August 2001
Cover Price $7.95


For kids, parents, classroom teachers, beginning artists, and naturalists!

Sheri Amsel teaches beginning artists how to draw the wild animals of the Adirondacks. Stressing informed and careful observation of wildlife, this book provides hours of fun for nature lovers of all ages. Step-by-step instructions include birds, mammals, insects, amphibians, reptiles, and fish along with tree leaves, conifer needles and branches, and a fun look at drawing human faces.

The artist begins each drawing with small pieces and in each succeeding picture adds the lines that will create the animal. Simple enough for a child to follow but complete enough to satisfy naturalists, parents, and classroom teachers. The author points out in the book that to draw animals one must not only observe them closely, either first hand or in pictures, but must also learn about them.

Accompanying text tells about each animal while pointing out special physical features that make their shape distinctive for drawing. She includes a discussion on the scientific classification of mammals so the reader will gain insight into their similarities and differences. With sketchpad and pencil, this book will provide hours of illustration instruction and entertainment for all ages.

About the Author

Sheri Amsel has been writing and illustrating books and magazine articles for fifteen years. Her life long interest in nature and the outdoors has led to degrees in botany and zoology from the University of Montana. Combining natural science with a love for illustration, Sheri went on for a master’s degree in anatomy and biomedical illustration at Colorado State University. During this time she received a summer internship at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. in scientific illustration.

Sheri writes and illustrates children’s and adult nature books and presents workshops to schools and libraries. She also works in outdoor education and nature trail development, teaches college science, and is a graphic designer.

Sheri works from her home studio in the Adirondack Mountains.