Sabertooth by Mauricio Antón, Indiana University Press 2013
“With their spectacularly enlarged canines, sabertooth cats are among the most popular of prehistoric animals, yet it is surprising how little information about them is available for the curious layperson. What’s more, there were other sabertooths that were not cats, animals with exotic names like nimravids, barbourofelids, and thylacosmilids. Some were no taller than a domestic cat, others were larger than a lion, and some were as weird as their names suggest. Sabertooths continue to pose questions even for specialists. What did they look like? How did they use their spectacular canine teeth? And why did they finally go extinct? In this visual and intellectual treat of a book, Mauricio Antón tells their story in words and pictures, all scrupulously based on the latest scientific research. The book is a glorious wedding of science and art that celebrates the remarkable diversity of the life of the not-so-distant past.”
Images from Mauricio Antón’s blog
Drawing & Painting Birds by Tim Wootton
Birds are much admired, revered and envied. They have featured in art for many thousands of years and our fascination with them continues. They do though pose a challenge to paint and are not always the most cooperative of models. By understanding their anatomy and recognising their type, the artist can learn a shorthand way to capture movement and attitude. With technique and colour mastered, style develops and a special scene can be captured uniquely forever.
Explains bird types and how identifying specific similarities can help the artist Advises on painting in the field, using photographs and working in the studio Describes how to paint plumage and birds in flight Demonstrates how to compose a painting with emphasis on the birds’ habitat Gives insights into painting birds from 30 leading artists, as well as illustrations of their work, including John Busby, Robert Bateman and Charles Tuncliffe
Tim Wootton is the winner of the Birdwatch Artist of the Year 2011 Award
Last year, Conway, Kosemen & Naish published All Yesterdays: a book devoted to speculation and the limits of palaeontological knowledge. Buy it!