Sunday, April 28, 2019

Drawing: Dragons

Drawing: Dragons is a new entry in the Learn to Draw series of booklets. Due out 7th May 2019 from Quarto on their Walter Foster imprint, it's 40 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats.  This booklet is an excerpt from Michael Dobrzycki's larger work The Art of Drawing Dragons, Mythological Beasts, and Fantasy Creatures, from 2007 (isbn: 1600580122).

The book includes a general introduction to tools and materials which is identical across all the booklets in this series. The next chapter, specific to this book is a quick overview into shading, texture and constructing/anatomy which can also be applied to non-dragon drawings. There are 9 specific step by step tutorials for individual dragons. The tutorials for the 9 included projects are 2-4 pages each.

I could see this booklet, bundled with a drawing set, being a superlative gift for a young artist up to adult age. The drawings are detailed enough to look quite professional, but not so extremely advanced that they would frustrate a keen beginner.

Three and a half stars (mostly because it's an excerpt and includes a lot of identical content to the other booklets in the series) - rounded up to four stars for the quality of the instructions and the cool fantasy subject. The world would be boring indeed if the only drawing books were on portraiture, horses, dogs, and florals.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes

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