The EBBA2 publication provides not just up-to date distribution maps of all European breeding bird species, but also accompanies each species with a unique illustration from one of the prominent bird illustrators or young talented artists across Europe. We have managed to get 46 illustrators on-board of our project who have all generously agreed to provide their artwork free of charge for EBBA2.
When planning the future EBBA2 publication, the EBBA2 coordination team and Atlas Steering Committee have unanimously agreed that it would be desirable for each species in a book to have its own illustration. At the time when this decision was made, it was much closer to a shared dream than reality, since no one knew for sure whether we will be able to find enough illustrators that will be able to cover more than 500 bird species and will be willing to cooperate on the project.
The aim was to address as much illustrators as we could possibly find, coming from all European countries, in order to reflect the diversity of birds and territories that will be covered in EBBA2. We made a broad survey and addressed all national coordinators to provide us with tips on whom we could address. In the end, we were able to collect names of 96 illustrators coming from 22 countries and invite them to cooperate on EBBA2.
In the end, we got a reply from almost half of invited artists, who were all keen to immediately jump on board of EBBA2. In the end, we received all 556 illustrations of bird species for the book, made by 46 illustrators. These artists come from 18 European countries (Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Italy, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and UK) and some of them have approached us by themselves. We are extremely flattered that some of the prominent artists in the field of bird illustrations have agreed to cooperate on EBBA2, such as Dan Zetterström who illustrated the legendary Collins Bird Guide of Birds of Britain and Europe, and Paschalis Dougalis who illustrated the European Bird Guide by Barthel.
All of the artists involved generously agreed to provide their illustrations free of charge for EBBA2 book, and we could not express enough our gratitude for their support. Therefore we would like to thank each and every one of them for joining the project and making something that was only a dream a year ago into a reality!
The list of the illustrators that have decided to support EBBA2 by providing bird illustrations.
Alena Klvaňová, the artwork coordinator for EBBA2 (update 15. 11. 2020)