- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: David & Charles (30 Oct. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600617735
- ISBN-13: 978-1600617737
- Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.1 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 533,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Howe Fantasy Drawing Workshop: A Drawing Course in 10 Step by Step Projects Paperback – 30 Oct 2009
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About the Author
John Howe is one of the world's most renowned fantasy artists, best known for his 20 year stint as an artist on the Tolkien list, and his work as Conceptual Designer alongside Alan Lee on the Lord of the Rings movie series and the forthcoming The Hobbit movie. He is an active member of the worldwide fantasy art community, and holds regular exhibitions and lectures on his work around the world. John lives in Switzerland.
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Now, onto the projects; amongst the ten projects contained in the book, from drawing Merlin in graphite to drawing a mermaid in pastel pencils, for me the project to draw Thor and the Giant is my favourite though my Thor looked like he'd been hit with his own hammer a few times. I may never draw like John Howe, but these step by step projects at least bring me closer to achieving the skills to draw fantasy characters and scenes that actually look like something.
If you're into fantasy art you really need to buy this book, if it helps you half as much as it helped me it's worth every penny spent on it.
With some newfound ability, I thought to seek out a book that looked interesting - being a Lord of the Rings fan, this one caught my eye. And I'd say I made the right choice. As the previous reviewer notes, the first few pages alone prove invaluable, with Howe's techniques on sharpening and holding a pencil very quickly paying off.
The projects are all thoroughly engrossing and, moreover, rewarding - the satisfaction of finishing the Merlin project for the first time is, for someone who thought he couldn't draw at all, amazingly uplifting. Each project is quite different from the last, and geared toward teaching you something different; the Centaur project alone (my favourite) tutors you in drawing a mount and mounted figure, as well as weapons and armour.
I would note that, as Howe himself notes in the introduction (I think), the book does not contain a set method as some do. The steps in the projects are somewhat open to interpretation and, at times, trial and error will play a role for the reader. However, I believe I learned more through that trial and error than I might have from a more join-the-dots approach.
Ultimately, I would say that this book stands to benefit any given reader. A beginner stands to learn from and enjoy the book, and that enjoyment is just as accessible to a more advanced artist.
Any fan of the art and design on the lord of the rings films will love this book. It caters for beginners, but isn't dumbed down for more experienced artists. It's rather witty at times and a joy to read.
At these cheap prices its a bargain for such an amazing art book, as any art student will know how expensive good art books can be.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Only done a couple of the exercises, but it teaches you so much.
Like how to hold a pencil properly etc.
Helpful for all interested in drawing. With helpful tips for starters and back comer like me who haven't drawn in a while.Published on 31 July 2013 by J_Flattermann