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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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on 29 December 2006
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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on 31 January 2011
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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on 30 October 2014
Covers many topics, in good detail. Suitable for beginners and more advanced, as a reference book. Includes a good digital section as well. Overall - Good book, by well respected knowledgeable practitioner.
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on 13 July 2015
Service and item excellent. Thank You
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