Andy Ashdown is a passionate birder and wildlife enthusiast, and a volunteer at RSPB Pulborough Brooks in West Sussex. Andy produces highly detailed illustrations of birds and other wildlife, predominantly influenced by his own photography and research in the field.
Andy says: ‘Birds are not only fascinating to watch, they are also highly intricate and can be a pleasure (and sometimes a challenge!) to draw. Working exclusively in coloured pencil, I find this a fantastic medium to express the features and feathers of birds, allowing for delicate blending and fine detail.
I aim to work from my own photography wherever possible; not just for reference, but as a reminder of the sighting and experience that I had at the time. It is this connection that is very important to me; spending time watching and studying birds, capturing a photograph if I can and then conveying this on paper. I aim to try and capture the beauty and character of the birds in my artwork, and I hope that other bird lovers can see something of this in my art.
Many birds can look remarkably varied at different times of the year and these variations can sometimes make for interesting identification problems in the field! I like to represent this in my artwork, often choosing to show some species in a more unusual plumage. For example, this might be whilst they are transitioning from winter to summer, breeding or when seen as a juvenile.’
Andy accepts private commissions and illustration assignments for books, field guides and magazines. A range of high-quality signed prints and greetings cards is also available.
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