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Dracopedia: A Guide to Drawing the Dragons of the World [Hardcover]

William O'Connor
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30 Oct 2009 Dracopedia

Everything you ever wanted to know about dragons, but were afraid to find out

Fantasy artists will breathe easier to discover a less perilous alternative to drawing dragons from life. Dracopedia grants you safe, easy access to the world's most prominent dragon species, from tiny, innocuous feydragons to the ferocious wyvern.

For years, artist William O'Connor has traveled the globe, studying dragons in their natural environments. His findings, field notes and sketches have been compiled for the first time into this single, beautifully illustrated compendium—a natural and cultural history of the beasts as well as a step-by-step drawing workshop.

  • Details of the anatomy, behavior, habitats and legends of 13 major dragon families
  • Heavily illustrated with field sketches, anatomical studies and gesture drawings
  • Shows the start-to-finish creation of 13 striking paintings, illustrating key concepts that apply to every medium
Dragons have terrorized and delighted humans for centuries—continue the tradition with Dracopedia. It's packed with inspiration for putting "fierce" into your fantasy art, as well as the facts to keep your dragons true to life.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: IMPACT Books (30 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600613152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600613159
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 697,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William O'Connor's won over 30 awards for his art. He is a member of the Graphic Artist's Guild, New York; Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists; American Showcase of Illustration; and Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring but not for the uninitiated 1 Nov 2009
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
If there's one mythical creature that's travelled the world and woven within each and every culture, it's the dragon. But how do they alternate from one place to another, how does each culture's portrayal of these beasts change and how easy is it to adapt and add them to pieces of art that you've dreamed of?

Well, that question and more are answered in O'Connors offering, Dracopedia. What I should add however, at this point is that this is quite a complex book and really not for the inexperienced or amateur artist. This is due to the book relying on a lot of the basic concepts having already been learned throwing the reader deep into the world from a fairly detailed basic drawing up through the colourisation and textures required to create the final piece.

But for those who've already got the basics down, this is going to be an adventure as it deals with the creatures from worldwide myths demonstrating, not only construction of a piece, but allows the reader to discover without having to delve too deep which dragon will work for which piece. For example differing skin striations to fit with each culture such as the colourful Aztec option or even an Egyptian selection which will add something special to the pieces that each artist creates.

It is interesting and it is definitely a book I'll look at for inspiration but at the moment, for me, it's a bit to advanced for my own use. I will get there eventually and it's definitely inspirational but currently its just something to look pretty on my shelf that will be opened each time I want inspiration for either writing or when exercising my artistic skills.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This is an art book with a difference- it has been produced to seem as though it is an actual scientific journal that has been compiled by studying different species of Dragon all over the world.
Each dragon has its own section where the author describes its biology and behaviour, all accompanied by some beautiful illustrations. The sections conclude with a demonstration of how to create your own illustration of the particular type of dragon.
I do feel that there isn't enough emphasis though when it comes to the tutorials of this book. There aren't really any step by steps for drawing the dragon although it does cover painting each dragon in some detail, albeit with a strong digital painting slant.
With this mixture of journal and art instruction the book sort of loses its identity and to me is neither one thing or the other. If anything it is more weighted towards the scientific journal which means that for me personally there is not enough tutorial content and with the books subheading reading `A guide to drawing the dragons of the world' it doesn't exactly do what it says.
The artwork in the book is very good and dragon lovers will get an awful lot of eye candy in here. It is ultimately a book for fans of dragons and dragon lore and even though I was disappointed with the art tutorial content I did enjoy reading about the `history' of dragons.
In conclusion there are better `How to' books out there but it was still an enjoyable read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Computers...:-( 18 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The art is fantastic, however it would have been nice to know that it is very much geared towards computer art packages, i was somewhat disappointed at this as i am a more traditional artist
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