Thursday, May 9, 2013

A Spring Kit: Part 4

Now that the plants are in, it's time for the flapping & fluttering—bring in the Birds!

Each of the bird collections below are great for crafting and graphics projects, but they are radically different in the way that they treat their subject matter. Birds is a collection of color plates from a diverse array of sources. There are ornithological renderings from late 19th and early 20th century scholarly works, in which the birds are rendered in a highly realistic manner. In many cases the birds have been extricated from the original backgrounds, in an effort to enhance their usability in creating compositions. Also included are birds of a more stylized ilk— of particular interest in this regard are Edward Julius Demold's Art Nouveau-ish illustrations, and the comical, anthropomorphic birds of Jean Ignace Grandville.

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On the other hand, Bird Illustrations is comprised of black & white line renderings, done in a highly realistic manner.  It's an enormous collection, and a fantastic value—419 images. In it you will find: woodpeckers, finches, hummingbirds, parrots and partridges, ravens & wrens, owls & eagles, bluejays, bluebirds, tanagers, crossbills, warblers and doves, larks, martins and killdeers, swallows, hawks, waterfowl, sparrows and chickadees —I could go on. The images are supplied as TIF files, but if you have Adobe Illustrator they are easily vectorizable, which would allow you to reproduce them quite large, and to treat them using all of the effects that a vector-editing program allows.

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And finally, for those of you with a penchant for the Victorian and Vintage we have Full-Color Decorative Bird illustrations.  In this case the birds are depicted in color, and rendered in the style of turn-of-the-century 'sticker art'. In many instances the birds are cleanly silhouetted as individuals, in other instances they are represented in nostalgic, period tableaux and vignettes. The birds range from the exotic to the banal— chickens to penguins. Again, a great value with 455 different images!

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