Saturday, November 14, 2020

The Art of Drawing Dragons, Mythological Beasts, and Fantasy Creatures: Step-by-step techniques for drawing fantastic creatures of folklore and legend


 The Art of Drawing Dragons, Mythological Beasts, and Fantasy Creatures is a new volume in the Art of Drawing series - this volume by Michael Dobrzycki. Originally published in 2007, this reformat and re-release 3rd Nov 2020 by Quarry on their Walter Foster imprint, is 144 pages and available in paperback format.

This volume has a similar format to the other familiar (and beloved) volumes in the series. The introduction covers tools, materials, some texture techniques, and some general drawing info (very basic). The following chapters contain the tutorials, arranged thematically: types of dragon, dragons from different cultures worldwide, mythological beasts, and fantasy creatures. Each of the tutorials contains step by step line drawing from basic outline to finished drawing. I felt some of the steps hopped over a lot of intermediate refinement, but all-in-all they're followable and clearly illustrated. The tutorials are chosen from a wide variety of world mythologies and include both universally known and lesser known creatures.

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.

Five stars. I love that there are fantasy tutorial books available from this classic art-publishing imprint. 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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