Artist and photographer Lindstrand has perfected a format of the reference guide for wildlife artists. He has traveled the North American wilderness to create photographs and sketches, seeking a variety of poses, moods, and movements to illustrate his books. The author completes each section with information on habitat and range. Drawing Mammals is a visual reference for 20 subjects, including caribou, black-tailed deer, coyote, gray wolf, big horn sheep, Roosevelt elk, bison, and grizzly bear. Drawing Big Game concentrates on ten of the greatest Alaskan species. While generally similar in appearance to species in the Drawing Mammals book, the Alaskan big game of this volume have varying distinguishing characteristics. One of the best general books in this genre is Linda Birch's How To Draw and Paint Animals: In Pencil, Charcoal, Line and Watercolour (LJ 11/15/97). Lindstrand's volumes, however, fill a more specific niche and are highly recommended. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.