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John Howe Fantasy Art Workshop Paperback – 24 Sep 2008

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; 2nd Revised edition edition (24 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600610102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600610103
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 22.4 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 497,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You feel like you re sitting watching Howe at work in his studio. His approach is impressive and inspirational. --Leisure Painter

A masterclass in fantasy art, packed with information, and written in a friendly, accessible style. --Death Ray

A masterclass in fantasy art, packed with information, and written in a friendly, accessible style. --Death Ray

About the Author

John Howe was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1957. He attended the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Strasbourg. He has had three monographical titles published on his work, including Myth and Magic (Harper Collins, 2001) and worked extensively on the conceptual art for The Lord Of The Rings films with artist Alan Lee and director Peter Jackson. He lives in Switzerland.


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I love John Howe's work. This book is a delight and great to read as well as view his work. It is lovely to look at the rough pencil sketches and read about his working process, and makes the reader want to pick up their sketch pad and pencils and start creating imaginary Worlds. Well worth the money and not the usual format of art creation books.
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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 3 Feb. 2010
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This book is a collection of tips and insights on creating fantasy art, with material covering the course of his career. There are no step-by-step tutorials so you won't see how he actually paints. That's the only thing lacking in this book that would make it perfect.

Instead, each chapter is filled with his past work and sketches with commentary on how they were created. The lessons are mainly on a conceptual level rather than at a technical level, like mixing colours or how to draw. He talks about his inspiration, research process, working style and includes lots of information on things to look out for when painting certain subjects, like characters, scenery, armour, etc.

Towards the back, he shares some career related tips on how to tackle commissions, promoting yourself, and working on set design for the big screen.

This should be an inspiring book for fantasy artist.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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If you like fantasy art, or art in general you have to buy this book! An insight into what goes on behind the scenes of fantasy art, the tools of the trade, and helpful hints. It really is a must buy book!
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This book is a great motivator for young (or old!) artists who wish to explore creative techniques. As with all good painters John Howe's work is firmly based on sound draughtsmanship. Take a look at the magnificent drawings in this book and you'll see what I mean. Drawing underpins some quite splendid landscapes. Be inspired. I use the book as a teaching aid to show students the value of research, sketching and finally planning the major painting.
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Extremely impressed with the content of this book. Good for young and old artists alike, starters or more experienced. Plenty of designs to choose and practice from. Excellent and inspirational.
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What can i say? Fabulous, John Howe excelles as usual. Beautifal illustrations, very informative and well written. a joy to read and to just peruse the images
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Very good diagrams and clear guidance on drawing 'fantasy' worlds, although just as good for general drawing techniques. Highly recommended !
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