With Kaaren Poole as teacher, learning to draw colourful birds becomes an enjoyable experience. She reveals the secrets of creating her beautiful, realistic, and richly detailed pictures of colourful birds, showing how she builds them step-by-step, in layers of colour. Poole explains her chosen medium (coloured pencils) and how to use it, gives tips on bird anatomy, provides colour theory basics, and then illustrates her technique with 27 popular avian subjects, including the robin, goldfinch, chickadee and quail. When you master Poole's easily-learned method, it's simple to recreate her lovely projects exactly or to use her ideas to enhance your own work. To finish the at-home course in style: a quick lesson on pairing coloured pencils with watercolour, iridescent inks and graphite.