Featuring the delightful and informative illustrations of artist Oana Befort and the inspiring expertise of conservation educator Maggie Reinbold, Drawing Wild Animals guides artists at all skill levels as they learn about, observe, and draw animals in a whole new light.
Discover fun facts while learning to draw all types of animals
Perhaps best known for their ominous multi-member howling displays, wolves are highly social animals that rely on a complex set of behaviors, scents, and vocalizations to communicate and function as a tight-knit group, working cooperatively to hunt, defend territories, and raise young. Family packs are headed up by a dominant breeding pair, the alphas, who set the tone for interactions among group members and lead pack activities.
To feed your curiosity, you’ll learn the characteristics, behaviors and, habitats of animals from categories like predators, grazers, and marsupials. To nurture the artist, you’ll get step-by-step instructions that show how to develop each animal from simple shapes into richly detailed drawings. Armed with a deeper understanding of animals, you’ll be better able to capture their stunning beauty and enchanting attributes in your artwork.
About the Author: Oana Befort is a Romanian born freelance graphic artist whose watercolors and mix-media works are inspired by natural motifs and themes. Oana graduated the National University of Arts in Bucharest, Romania with a Master’s Degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communication. With a love for fresh colors and details, she is merging both her passion for illustration and graphic design into whimsical stationery and paper goods that she sells in her shop. Oana has worked with major clients around the world for projects such as book illustrations, stationery, homewares, magazine editorial, and more. She currently lives in Council Bluffs, Iowa with her husband and two kindred spirit children. Living in a lovely area surrounded by natural beauty, they are often visited by many woodland creatures. See more of her work at www.oanabefort.com.
About the Illustrator: Maggie Reinbold is Director of Community Engagement at San Diego Zoo Global, heading up a dynamic team dedicated to designing and implementing programs that connect communities to conservation for the benefit of wildlife and habitats. She is also an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Department of Biology at Miami University, where she teaches the Earth Expedition to the Big Island of Hawaii. Maggie earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology at San Diego State University, with a focus on the population genetics of desert aquatic insects across the Baja California Peninsula. She has taught science in a number of formal and informal settings, including the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, San Diego Natural History Museum, Cardiff Elementary School, and San Diego State University. As an National Science Foundation science fellow, she co-taught hands-on science with classroom teachers across San Diego County and also spent several seasons in Arctic Alaska, bringing hands-on science education to unique and underserved communities on the North Slope. She lives in Poway, California.
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