This post shows 10 artworks, ranging from simple drawings to wonderful paintings.
The books that include the artworks below are also a diverse set, including field guides, a reference work, an essay collection, a non-fiction book for younger readers, a historical novel, and a book of art.
In most cases, the image is just followed by the details. But a few images are introduced with a note.
(Because these images are from books, my scans are sometimes blurry near the book’s binding.)
This is a section of a map featuring what I take to be a stylized California condor:
Artist: Dick Smith and Frank Van Schaick. Source: Smith, Dick, and Frank Van Schaick. 1962. California’s Back Country: Mountains and Trails of Santa Barbara County. McNally and Loftin.
Artist: Joseph Cellini. Source: Cromer, Richard. 1968. The Miracle of Flight. Doubleday.
The next pair are by the same author (and from the same book):
Artist: Friedhelm Weick. Source: Weick, Friedhelm. 1980. Birds of Prey of the World. Collins.
Artist: Thomas J. Maxwell. Source: Maxwell, Thomas J. 1982. The Temescals of Arroyo Conejo. California Lutheran College.
Artist: Donald L. Malick. Source: Scott, Shirley L, editor. 1983. Field Guide to the Birds of North America. National Geographic Society.
Next is a portion of a larger illustration:
Artist: Shawneen E. Finnegan. Source: Lehman, Paul E. 1994. The Birds of Santa Barbara County, California. University of California, Santa Barbara.
Artist: Margaret Wentworth Owings. Source: Owings, Margaret Wentworth. 1998. Voice from the Sea. Monterey Bay Aquarium Press.
This from a major wildlife artist:
Artist: Robert Bateman. Source: Bateman, Robert. 2010. Bateman: New Works. Greystone.
Artist: Obi Kaufmann. Source: Kaufmann, Obi. 2017. California Field Atlas. Heyday.
That last book is an amazing work and highly recommended.