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on 4 October 2009
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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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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on 7 November 2007
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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on 16 May 2011
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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on 1 May 2013
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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on 12 April 2011
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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on 24 February 2013
Very good diagrams and clear guidance on drawing 'fantasy' worlds, although just as good for general drawing techniques. Highly recommended !
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on 7 December 2012
Many thanks to Howe, for giving us insight into his beautiful artwork. I really love it and can recommend it. The book is worth every cent.
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on 24 September 2010
This book is a wonderful addition to anyones collection of Art & Design books. I everyone should like John Howe's work!
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on 11 January 2011
Bopught as gift for our artist daughter in law. She found it very useful and gave her lots of ideas.
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