The Art of Discovering Whales

The Art of Discovering Whales – Larry Foster, Whale Artist
(available on Amazon, Cypress House, Ingram Wholesale and Paradise Cay Publications; also ebook available on Amazon)

Fort Bragg Whale Festival March 11-19, 2023

Larry Foster Book Signing – March 18, 2023

On March 18, Fort Bragg, California’s Noyo Center for Marine Science’s Discovery Center, 338 N. Main Street, held a book signing event – Larry Foster and his award-winning book The Art of Discovering Whales. All proceeds went to the Noyo Center for Marine Science.

The Art of Discovering Whales – Now a 2022 Award Winning Book!

Nautilus Book Award 2022 Silver in Photography and Art

Eric Hoffer Book Award – 2022 Finalist for da Vince Eye Award for superior cover artwork

Honorable Mention – 2022 Eric Hoffer Award – Art Category

Summary and Excerpts from Larry Foster’s The Art of Discovering Whales

Larry Foster is the only scientific artist to commit his entire fifty-plus-year career to producing anatomically correct portrayals of Cetacea—whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Foster’s pioneering images have been seen in the National Geographic, Smithsonian, and BBC Wildlife magazines, and scores of other publications, as well as in the bestseller The Sierra Club Handbook of Whales and Dolphins.

What do whales truly look like? To answer this question, Larry Foster has devoted decades of research and study to show whale lovers everywhere the true body shapes of whales, dolphins, and porpoises―Cetacea. His goal: to debunk the centuries-old myths that incorrectly presented whales as grotesque, blimp-like, and dangerous animals, and to accurately depict whales as the graceful, sleek, and streamlined marine mammals they really are. The Art of Discovering Whales is a beautifully detailed look into Larry’s fifty-plus-year career as the only scientific artist to produce anatomically correct portrayals of 75+ species of whales with over 300 color images of his prolific whale artwork in every medium imaginable: drawings, paintings, stained-glass and life-size sculptures and more. Anyone who appreciates and is inspired by these truly majestic animals will be in wonder how no one individual has done so much in the field to correct any misinterpretations of the appearance of any group of animals as Larry Foster. Readers will delight in Larry’s unique whale discoveries firsthand, and gain appreciation for his pioneering contributions in the quest to teach, discover, and celebrate whales. Here are some sample pages:

Humpback Whales in Indigo, LF, oil / Table of Contents
Blue Whale and Flensers, LF, pencil.
Minke Whale Chart and Blue Whale with Divers, LF, pencil.
Glass Sperm Whale (12 feet), LF, glass.
Parts of a Whale, LF.
Humpback Whale and Calf, LF, oil / Breaching Humpback, LF, oil.
Socializing Right Whales, LF, watercolor. / Right Whale Face, LF, tempera.
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Whale Teeth and Baleen Compared, LF.
Fraser’s Dolphins, LF, watercolor. / Three pen-and-ink drawings, LF.
The Unique Rorqual Face, LF, tempera.
National Geographic Whale Chart (December, 1976), LF, oil.
Breaching Humpback, LF, oil.

Videos of The Art of Discovering Whales being printed by Transcontinental Printing in Quebec, Canada (February 2021):