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4.0 out of 5 stars Great beginnings, 1 Nov 2009
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This review is from: Fantasy Art for Beginners: Create Fantasy Beings Step-by-Step (Paperback)
All books from Impact offer a good solid advice to artists of all talents so it's always a good thing when you get a novel that's there to help the real beginners get experience as well as encouragement from the sound advice within.

Here in this offering, Jon takes the reader into the realm of fantasy art explaining everything from various media that artists use to standard creation techniques using basic shapes and on through to how to plan the scene (even so far as utilising toys to help plot the image along with lighting.) It's dependable it's solid but perhaps best of all it's an offering that will have many artists referring back to it time and again as they get stuck on certain aspects. Personally I've loved dipping into it and whilst I'm not by any means a natural artist I am becoming more competent learning from errors and getting a lot of experience from useful advice from those who've been there before. If you have a budding artist or one that loves creating Fantasy pieces and is getting a little stuck on what they're doing this ideal material.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 24 Mar 2010
This review is from: Fantasy Art for Beginners: Create Fantasy Beings Step-by-Step (Paperback)
This book is certainly brilliant for any young person for learning to draw. The detailed explanations and drawings makes the learning easy and at the same time gives guidance for any similar future drawings, which leaves the reader with a question: where is the next book!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!, 15 Nov 2009
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S. Wright (Bangkok, Thailand) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fantasy Art for Beginners: Create Fantasy Beings Step-by-Step (Paperback)
I've been getting back into doodling fantasy art, and the other day bought 'The Fantasy Art Bible' which is edited by Jane Moseley and Jackie Strachan. I was a bit disappointed when I realised a chunk of it had been taken from the old 'Encyclopedia of Fantasy and Science Fiction Art Techniques' by John Grant and Ron Tiner (and my copy of the Encyclopedia is so old it has no mention of digital art and just a four page section on 'computer enhancement').

However, the Fantasy Art Bible has actually been considerably updated, with plenty on digital art techniques, and a lot of much better fantasy art examples, some by Dragon Warriors cover artist Jon Hodgson (plus some intriguing quasi-Victorian pieces by old Fighting Fantasy hand Martin McKenna). My fave is the 6 step two page guide to Jon's 'Roll for Initiative' piece (pp. 86-87). Six steps for an epic piece of this magnitude seems a little on the short side however.

So, imagine my surprise yesterday when I wandered into my downtown local bookshop here in Bangkok, and saw 'Fantasy Art for Beginners' by Jon Hodgson on the shelf. Needless to say, I snapped it up immediately and have been reading it ever since. The first four Dragon Warriors covers are featured as examples of finished techniques, and the cover of the first issue of Ordo Draconis, the DW fanzine, gets the lengthy step-by-step process approach

Initially, I was disappointed that there were only 6 step-by-step examples (barbarian, wizard, troll, Ordo Draconis heroine, faerie, dragon (the dragon also turns up in the Fantasy Art Bible)). However, each example features an incredible 40 odd steps of process, with a wealth of anecdotal technique detail that really lets you 'get under the hood' and see how to put these kinds of pieces together properly. What's more, the book is written in such a way that it is very easy to apply the same processes to either digital art, or by using more traditional mediums.

There's also 25 odd pages of obligatory introductory techniques, which is likewise full of good advice. I particularly liked Jon's approach for preparing canvases, digital or otherwise, with loads of colour wash, and his mantra of working with happy accidents. I was also gratified to see that Jon embraces Lego's junior league Duplo product (p. 22) as a planning tool for composition - my daughter has a truckload of the stuff and will now have to fight Dad for use of it! Lastly, the sections on planning, colour, and lighting, were some of the most helpful, useful, and understandable pieces that I've read on these subjects.

In short, an excellent book for fantasy artists as well as DW fans who are interested in seeing how Jon creates his amazingly detailed and atmospheric paintings. It's easily the best of the bunch I've bought recently (which include the Fantasy Art Bible and Kevin Crossley's Fantasy Clip Art). Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction, 9 July 2013
This review is from: Fantasy Art for Beginners: Create Fantasy Beings Step-by-Step (Paperback)
This was a great introduction to painting. In the course of six art projects and some odd pages, one is taken through all the basics of lighting, colour, composition and the application of paint. All this is delivered in a fun and accessible way and the book is a beautiful thing to read, especially due to the Celtic knotwork around the edges of the page. The only criticisms I have are that there is no discussion of perspective and that, on occasion, one is left unsure of whether one is supposed to use a wash or an opaque paint for a particular step. Still, it is a great book I look forward to trying to put its teachings into practice!
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