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Fairy Artist's Figure Drawing Bible, The: Ready-to-Draw Templates and Step-by-Step Rendering Technique Hardcover – August 1, 2009

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This practical guide offers artists a huge resource of ideas and techniques for creating extraordinary fairy creatures.

Bring to life these magical people from the "otherworld," using this book's vast collection of constructional drawings of heads, hands, bodies, and wings that you can copy or use as a base for your own drawings.

Whether you are a newcomer to the world of fairy art or a more experienced artist, and whether you are working with traditional media or on a computer, this book is a must-have.

Characters include:
Sylphs • Dryads • Fire fairies • Nature spirits • Flower fairies • Nymphs • Devas • Tree fairies • Corn spirits • Sirens • Banshees • Goblins • Pixies • Gremlins • Dwarfs • Elves • Gnomes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Linda Ravenscroft has produced a wide range of images in fairyland motifs, including fine art prints, exclusive giftware, and fantasy art books. She is also the author of How to Draw and Paint Fairyland, another fine art instruction title available from Barron's.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; Spi edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764162012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764162015
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Patton on October 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am a professional illustrator and usually work with live models. Funny thing is that models don't fly. Silly things. Before this book all of my fairy poses felt static. Ravenscroft does an excellent job of showing how to use an artist's mannequin to construct kinetic fairy poses. It truly has been my fairy figure drawing bible. Can not say enough good things about this book! If you want to draw or paint fairies BUY THIS BOOK!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Miss Laree on September 10, 2010
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This book is 256pgs long and covers a lot of information in excellent detail. I liked the sections on color, wings, costumes and accessories, rendering, fairy silver and the character directory.

The section on color gives you a color wheel and shows how to combine and modify colors for different colors, moods, schemes and seasons.

The wing section gives you good detail and understanding on how to place them on your fairy in different poses. It also shows you different patterns and types of wings, such as: feathered, bat, butterfly, leaf, flower and branch wings.

The section on costumes and accessories and fairy silver, gives you an idea of what to place on your fairy and gives you inspiration to create your own.

The character directory section has about 23 different characters to choose from and each have their own costume and accessories that aren't shown in the costume section. The directory shows the character in its habitat and gives the name and a detailed description of the character, along with color palette used and costumes and accessories used. I like the directory because you get many poses, backgrounds and costumes to modify or to create your own based on this as reference.

This is a great book to reference and get ideas from. Most of the fairies are children or teen, so if you were looking for adult fairies, you won't find them in this book. But this is still a great book for referencing and it has so much useful information.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Flutterby on March 29, 2011
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Like her other drawing books, Linda Ravenscroft gives a general overview of some diffferent art techniques for first time artists. She also offers several ideas showing how to incorporate nature into the varied aspects of your drawings, how to make the clothing and other items appear fashioned from leaves and twigs. Ms. Ravenscroft provides several samples of her own work and breaks them down to demonstrate how she acheived different effects. I find this useful to learn how she created specific looks so then I can apply them to my own drawings in different ways. The fae within the book vary from young to old (most do fall in the ageless youth category), enchanting to grotesque, and include one very hot fairy king;-) I personally appreciate the inclusion of pages of fairy art by other artists that open up new ideas for treatment of the fairies.
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This was a gift from a fellow artist for Christmas and I must say it was perhaps the best art book I've received in a while. Linda Ravencroft is an exceptional artist who's work I admire. I have other books by her but this looks like it may just be the best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol Wilton on July 11, 2014
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I looked at this book for months before buying it because reviews were so mixed. I have another of her fairy drawing books and was worried about duplicate information but this little handbook is absolutely a dream come true! The instructions are understandable and teach how to build your own figures but also fun guides and role models to create as well. This is a must have if you love her work or you just love fairies and want a super fun way to learn. The book itself is beautiful just to sit and browse through too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Boni Walker on September 17, 2010
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This makes the 4th book by Linda that I have and this one once again is wonderful..templates for bodies,faces,and wings..it can make you successful from the very beginning which is such a plus...I use it as well for my sculpting of fairies....Thanks for such a wonderful hands on book.B.W.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susanne M. on May 20, 2014
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I've recently picked up my pencil and sketchpad after many years. This "bible" has so many good tips, guidelines and suggestions for new or seasoned artists. I would recommend this to anyone looking to draw fantasy characters.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Baldwin on October 19, 2009
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This is a great book. With a lot of information on drawing.

I shared this book with my art class, and a couple girls want to buy a copy of their own. How great is that?

J Baldwin
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