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How to Draw Magical, Monstrous & Mythological Creatures: Discover the Magic of Drawing More Than 20 Legendary Folklore, Fantasy, and Horror Characters (Walter Foster Studio) (WF Studio) Paperback – 28 Jul 2011


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fun but challenging diversion, even if you're not an artist 1 April 2015
By Dienne - Published on Amazon.com
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When I was about 12 to 15 years old I was passionate about fantasy art and spent a great deal of time copying from book covers and other sources, and occasionally even venturing to draw from my own imagination. It all ended up in a box which my kids (ages 6 and 8) unearthed recently. As an adult, I find my childhood renderings painfully embarrassing, but the kids thought they were pretty cool. I’ve always “meant to” get back into drawing, so this has been the kick in the pants I needed to haul out the pencils and sketch pads. I got a few books, mostly focusing on the basics, but I couldn’t resist a book about fantasy art, even knowing up front that it would probably be too advanced for me.

And, of course, it is. Yes, you too can draw an amazing fiery dragon in seven easy steps! Well, no you probably can’t, unless you’re already an experienced and accomplished drawer. The very first step of each drawing is basically roughing out the figure as a whole. If you’re a beginner or possibly slightly advanced beginner like me, step two or three will look roughly like your usual finished drawings. I’ve started several drawings from the book and I can usually make it to step three or four before it becomes too overwhelming for me. By that point you really have to focus closely on the details as you progress from satisfactory line drawing to fully finished, shaded and, in the final step, colored work of art. I don’t know nearly enough about coloring, so I doubt I’ll be finishing any of these works for quite some time, but I would like to eventually work up to at least a completed pencil drawing.

The pictures in this book cover a pretty diverse range of fantasy characters. They range from human and humanoid figures like a warrior, a witch, an elf, a dwarf, a Minotaur and a mermaid to the most definitely not humanoid such as a dragon, the Loch Ness Monster and a Pegasus. The book starts with some very brief introductory information about tools and colors and then proceeds rapidly into the three different categories of creatures: magical, mythological and monstrous. Each section has a brief introduction and then dives right into the drawing. Each drawing is illustrated in a series of five to ten steps with brief written instruction to the side. The drawings for each step typically take up about a quarter of the page, with usually the final step or two (the final pencil drawing and the final colored version) rendered on a full page.

I really like Bob Berry’s artwork and work of that quality is certainly something to aspire to. But I doubt most readers will be creating works approaching that kind of quality, much less learning how to draw dragons or elves on their own. Still, it’s a fun diversion for a lazy afternoon.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Book 8 Jan. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a big hit with my 12 Year old daughter. She love it. It was easy for her to follow and she has taken it to her art teacher to show off.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fun Fun Fun 5 April 2014
By Danny Allen Carlson - Published on Amazon.com
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This has been great fun. I'm no artist but it is fun to fool around with such things. I am disabled and therefore out of the workforce and this sort of thing keeps me from going Bats!
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Five Stars 13 July 2014
By Shirley Beatty - Published on Amazon.com
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good stuff
Five Stars 19 Feb. 2015
By BarbaraKButler - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a gift for my Granddaughter who adored it. Step by step instruction.
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