The Compendium of Fantasy Art Techniques

The Compendium of Fantasy Art Techniques

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Artists interested in graphic novels, comic book illustration, or computer game graphics will find a veritable course load of instruction in this mega-fantasy art manual. Combining the best of three of Barron's top fantasy art titles, The Compendium of Fantasy Art Techniques presents easy-to follow instructions and step-by-step illustrations that will teach readers the essential techniques for creating the fantasy world of their dreams. Included is content from:

Drawing & Painting Fantasy Landscapes and Cityscapes --Award-winning science fiction and fantasy artist Rob Alexander instructs readers on creating landscapes that evoke myths and legends, lost empires, futuristic planets, dramatic dreamscapes, underwater worlds, and subterranean cities. Drawing & Painting Fantasy Beasts --Kevin Walker covers basic anatomical forms of animals in nature, then teaches the reader how to distort these shapes to create fantastic beasts from literature and legend, double-headed sea monsters and serpents, satyrs, centaurs, dragons, and demons. Drawing & Painting Fantasy Figures --Noted fantasy artist Finlay Cowen coaches students in the creation of heroes and heroines, villains and wizards, dragons, and manlike beasts with techniques for drawing characters with special attention to their faces, bodies, action, and costume styles.

Along with a review of essential tools and techniques, tips for developing ideas, and gallery after gallery of more than 650 stunning images, this comprehensive book is an incredible value for fantasy artists of all levels.

Publisher: Hauppauge, NY : Barrons Educational Series, Inc., 2014.
ISBN: 9781438004419
Characteristics: 288 p. : ill. (some col.)
Additional Contributors: Walker, Kevin 1965-
Cowan, Finlay


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May 18, 2018

5 OUT OF 5 STARS "It was amazing!" Arielle Walker
A really rather gorgeous collection of drawing tips and inspirations for those interested in "fantasy art", divided into sections that include titles such as “Snow and Ice Beasts”. Each section is accompanied by gorgeous photographic spreads with reference ideas, and step-by-step artworks by other fantasy artists. It is also incredibly comprehensive (hinted at in the title, perhaps), covering everything from composition to coloring, anatomy to armor, architecture and landscapes. Definitely making me miss drawing, tempted to pick up a pencil again and see what happens...

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“A thick, thorough manual for creating artworks in the fantasy genre and it's beautiful too? Many adults and young adults will be in awe of the body of knowledge to be found here. Even middle school-age children will admire the profuse spellbinding illustrations. With bizarre beasts, costumes, weapons, landscapes high and low, watery and arid.
—Arts & Activities

“One of the most appealing aspects of fantasy genre of art is ability to create an entire new world. Gives readers the skills and knowledge necessary to render the fantastical figures, beasts and worlds they imagine in a variety of different mediums. Over 650 images and source of inspiration for burgeoning artists and instructional guide. Authors, all fantasy illustrators, offer tips on tools and techniques, choosing color schemes, achieving depth and much more. Encourages using different mediums and covers basics of wide range of techniques including paints, inks, computer graphics and 3D animation.”

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