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The Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Fantasy Worlds, Mystical Characters, and the Creatures of Your Own Worst Nightmares
Rob Alexander, Finlay Cowan, and Kevin Walker - All books by this author

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.

From the Reviews:
“One of the most appealing aspects of the fantasy genre of art is the ability to create an entirely new world. This book gives readers the skills and knowledge necessary to render the fantastical figures, beasts, and worlds they imagine in a variety of different mediums. With over 650 images the book is as much a source of inspiration for burgeoning artists as it is an instructional guide. The authors, who have all worked as fantasy illustrators, offer tips on tools and techniques, choosing color schemes, achieving depth, and much more. The book also encourages using different mediums and covers the basics of a wide range of techniques including paints, inks, computer graphics and 3D animation.”

“A thick, thorough manual for creating artworks in the fantasy genre, and it's beautiful too? Yes, please. Many adults and young adults will be in awe of the body of knowledge to be found in these 288 pages. Even middle school-age children will admire the profuse spellbinding illustrations… With bizarre beasts, costumes, weapons, landscapes high and low, watery and arid, it's well worth the cover price.”
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About The Authors:
Rob Alexander
is a Canadian artist working in the publishing, magazine, computer gaming, and collectable card game markets. He paints fine art, fantasy, science fiction, children's illustrations, and contemporary landscapes and has received numerous awards, including a prestigious Chesley Award from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.

Kev Walker has spent several years writing and illustrating comic strips, graphic novels, computer games, and collectible cards in a wide variety of media, including black-and-white, color, pencil, paint, and computer graphics for 2000 AD, DC Comics, Dark Horse, and Marvel. He is currently working on his first novel. Kevin lives and works in Yorkshire, England, with his wife, daughter, and two cats.

Finlay Cowan has worked as a designer for Pink Floyd since 1993. He also owns a café-cinema of his own design in London, and is co-founder of a London film studio. He is currently writing, directing, and producing short films and books.


Paperback / 288 Pages / 8 ½ x 11 / 2014


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