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Drawing & Painting Fantasy Worlds [Paperback]

Cowan Finlay
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29 Jun 2007
This is the ultimate and complete guide to drawing and painting the fantastical characters, beasts and landscapes that make up fantasy worlds. Every possible subject is explored in a spread-by-spread format through practical instruction, working sketches and step-by-step illustration. It features further instruction on painting realistic details such as expression, movement, skin and hair, clothes, armour and jewellery. It includes a stunning range of finished artworks by some of today's top fantasy artists. The traditional and digital media are covered throughout; also includes four feature sections completed by masters of key media and disciplines.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (29 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581809077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581809077
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.7 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Finlay Cowan - artist, designer and animation director - has worked for Pink Floyd since 1993 and is currently working in the film industry. He lives in London.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Covers a lot of ground 3 May 2009
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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If you're interested in learning how to create fantasy art, this book might be for you.

To quote from the back cover, it "demonstrates how to draw and paint every possible subject in this exciting genre with both traditional and digital media". Yes it does but unfortunately because of the variety of subjects covered, not all are in depth. For example, it will be best to pick up a book dedicated to anatomy figure drawing. The chapter in this book teaches drawing techniques just enough to get by. Same goes with other chapters.

The book however provides lots of ideas and examples on fantasy art. Things like researching, symbolism of characters and archetype, creating costumes and things like that. There are a few step-by-step workflow process tutorials.

I've mixed feelings about the book because of the lack of depth in certain areas. It's worth looking through but to really hone your techniques, you might have to get other books.

Other fantasy art technique books that I recommend are 100 Ways to Create Fantasy Figures and Fantasy Workshop: Mastering Digital Painting Techniques.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 29 Dec 2006
By X. Phan
Format:Paperback
If you own Finlay Cowan First book ' Drawing and Painting FANTASY FIGURES from imagination to the page' if you think its good, then this book is super duper good!

When i look at others work.. im always questioning my self how can I get it to look like this? how can I get it to look like that? trust me this book will take u from which medium to use and how to digital paint your work. Go a head give Finlay Cowan book a go =) This book shows awful alot of Medival images like, troLLZ, creatures, perspective drawings... WAY MUCH BETTER THAN THE FIRST BOOK X
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy-tastic book 31 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
I'm currently working on a project i started in 2008 and the world where my characters live in is a fantasy world.

So i bought this book to help me (i have many other fantasy books), but i felt this book was very well structured.

It discusses how to draw a variety of characters: from heroes to anti-heroes, the odd fantasy creatures among other topics.

In my opinion, this isn't the best book for someone who's starting to creating a fantasy themed project (this is for someone who's intermediate/advanced in drawing fantasy themed work)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Covers a lot of ground 3 May 2009
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you're interested in learning how to create fantasy art, this book might be for you.

To quote from the back cover, it "demonstrates how to draw and paint every possible subject in this exciting genre with both traditional and digital media". Yes it does but unfortunately because of the variety of subjects covered, not all are in depth. For example, it will be best to pick up a book dedicated to anatomy figure drawing. The chapter in this book teaches drawing techniques just enough to get by. Same goes with other chapters.

The book however provides lots of ideas and examples on fantasy art. Things like researching, symbolism of characters and archetype, creating costumes and things like that. There are a few step-by-step workflow process tutorials.

I've mixed feelings about the book because of the lack of depth in certain areas. It's worth looking through but to really hone your techniques, you might have to get other books.

Other fantasy art technique books that I recommend are 100 Ways to Create Fantasy Figures and Fantasy Workshop: Mastering Digital Painting Techniques.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but works best with others 7 Aug 2006
By T. Weber - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book covers similar ground to Cowan's previous title, Drawing & Painting Fantasy Figures. Both cover traditional and digital media, both explore specific projects and general idea generation, and both discuss studio setup, traditional and digital art submission, and other essentials for artistic survival. It's not a total rehash, but both works complement each other to the point that it's worth your while to read both if you're going to read one. I haven't seen the third book yet (Drawing & Painting Fantasy Creatures, I think is the title), but if it follows suit it, too, will be at its best if considered with Cowan's previous works.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gets the wheels turning 21 July 2008
By Nardoae - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have been interested in fantasy drawing, literature for many years. This book is filled with recommendations and examples to help get you thinking and show you what is possible. Once the wheels are turning it is up to you to create. I like seeing the examples of the author's work illustrating his points and also giving fuel to the fires of my imagination.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good companion 29 Nov 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
-To "Drawing and painting fantasy figures" Anyone interested in the subject of fantasy/sci-fi art/storytelling/animation should get both these books. The best thing to come along since "Encyclopedia of fantasy/sci-fi art techniques"
2.0 out of 5 stars good book , bad packaging 22 Aug 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I liked the content of the book, very useful and inspiring too.
but here are the problems
The step by step drawing are in 4 inch panels. This makes the drawing very small and unreadable. More so if its a scenery.

and recently Impact books are coming with extremely poor printing and paper. My copy has washed out colors and poor contrast. The paper too is dull and bad. I visit a library and so can clearly see the degradation in quality of printing.Good lessons wasted on poor paper.
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