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Product Details

  • Paperback: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing; 2nd edition (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565232313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565232310
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

No mythical animal has inspired as much legend around the world as the dragon. This book includes dragon lore from many countries as well as a structural analysis of dragon anatomy as it has evolved throughout history. There are instructions for drawing details such as scales and many line drawings of dragons in different poses for use by woodworkers, fabric artists, and illustrators. A good book for fantasy or young adult collections as well as general crafts.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Dragons have captured the imaginations of artists for eons. Images of the beasts appear in the earliest myths, on the armor of medieval knights and in today's popular culture. Here, in this updated and improved second edition, dragon aficionado and artist Lora S. Irish shares tips and techniques for creating your own fantastic renderings of man's favorite foe. Whether you are a beginner or an accomplished artist, you'll find a treasure trove of ideas for dragon art in any medium: - Woodworkers: scroll saw, intarsia, relief carving, marquetry, pyrography and more - Fabric Artists: quilting, needlepoint, embroidery, fabric painting, silk screening and more - Illustrators: Oil, watercolor, tole painting, airbrush, pen and ink and more - Or the medium of your choice! Computer graphics, paper cutting, body art, etching, stained glass and more Inside you'll find examples of how other talented artists have incorporated dragons into their work, plus a complete history of dragon lore. You'll learn about the various dragon breed, their anatomy, ornamentation and scales. This is followed by page after page of more than 100 dragon patterns, with mystical titles such as: - Sentinel - Fire Heights - New Born Fury - Towering Monarch - Ocean crests - Triple Challenge - Hunting on the Wing - Mexican Feathered Lizard - Celtic Cross Dragons - Bat-Winged Worm - Dragon Curl - Poised for Battle - Bearded Demon - On the Prowl - Castle Wall Western Dragon - Classic Western Dragon - Winged Snake Shield - Cliff-Side Throne - Encircling the Heavens - Dagger Wrap Worm - Fire-Breathing Knot - Horned Beast Portrait - Combat - Crouching Tiger - Oriental Fire - Castle Keep - Cloud Dancer - Heaven's Flight - Pondering Coils - Loop-Tailed Oriental - New Year's Dragon - Fiery Temper

Customer Reviews

A very good book on Dragons.
Bruce
This book has a beautiful display of different dragons, how to draw them and even a story about dragons and the different types of dragons.
Cynthia Marks
I will be looking to purchase more of the authors other works, from tattoo art to celtic patterns.
5150hillbilly

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Paula Manning on June 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
I am a fantasy artist and I use alot of patterns. This book is the greatest. It has an editorial section on dragons, section on basic anatomy, scale work, dragon lore and lots of other helps plus tons of great patterns. The patterns are large and well drawn. The book is large, the cover and pages are thick and good quality paper. I would strongly nudge anyone that is into crafts, hobbies, art to buy this book. It is well worth the mony+. I also give her other book "Great Book of Fairy Patterns" the same rave. Do youself a favor and buy her books.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ahnzeus on August 9, 2005
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This is one of the best dragon books I have ever purchased or seen. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every page. It gave detailed information on drawings as well as some wonderful background history that was very thought provoking. My whole family enjoyed this book and it has been passed around to my friends as well. It is well worth the investment and will be a valuable asset to my strained glass craft projects.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Maria E. Perez on August 7, 2006
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I found this book very helpful in my artwork. I also was very pleasantly surprised to find it enjoyable to read. There are stories of folklore explaining the beginings of the differents dragons and thier formations from one type to the other. The designs themselves are beautiful to look at. I am constantly researching diffrent designs/drawings of dragons and find few that I like. I was very pleased with this book and its one of my favorites among the rest of my collection.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Wilke on February 24, 2006
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Dragons galore, the renditions of the dragons in this book are great as far as they go, there are a lot of dragon heads, there could have been more on the body, having said that I would like to congratulate the writer on the dragon law and types of different dragons, even though short and concise it was very interesting giving the reader a reasonable amount of information on different breeds and sub species of dragon.

Very good reading and detail.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Wood carver/reviewer on November 28, 2004
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This book is not only entertaining to read, it's a great source of ready drawn patterns and instructions on how to create the "dragon" of choice. Excellent resource material.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Allen on December 26, 2007
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I purchased this book for my 12 year old son for Christmas never thinking that it would be as big of a hit as it was! He loves dragons and is quite a good artist, so it was perfect. He could not put it down. I highly recommend this book!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chrizzy on January 8, 2008
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I bought this book for my 13 yr. old son. He loves to draw, and collects dragons, but never drew any dragons. With this book, he got some info, and some patterns ready for him to trace or to make his own dragon with! He loves this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Duffy on May 3, 2008
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This is my favorite addition to my reference Library. It has great dragon patterns from whimsical to fierce looking dragons. Wonderful material to inspire any artist no matter what their mediums.
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More About the Author

Lora and her husband, Michael, work from their internet studio at ArtDesignsStudio.com for line art wood carving, pyrography, and craft patterns and their online free tutorial blogs at LSIrish.com. ArtDesignsStudio.com offers more than 2500 pattern in various subject categories, including North American Wildlife, Celtic Knots, Dragons and Mythological Beasts, Nautical and Sea Life, and many more.

Lora continues to provide new patterns, new projects, new step-by-step instructions, and new inspiration to many artists, only available on her pattern website.

Irish's free online tutorials can be found on her blog at LSIrish.com, where she shared step-by-step in-depth wood carving, pyrography, applique quilting,and scroll saw projects.

Trained as a Fine Artist at the University of Maryland, twelve of Lora Susan Irish's pure breed dog oil paintings have been published as limited edition art prints. Her art has been featured on the front covers of "Doberman Quarterly" 1991, "Samoyed Quarterly" - all four issues of 1991, and "Shetland Sheepdog Quarterly" 1991 published by Hoflin Press.

She is the author of a series of woodcarving, pyrography, and craft pattern books including the Great Book of Dragon Patterns, Relief Carving the Wood Spirit, and The Art and Crafts of Pyrography; Classic Carving Patterns published by Taunton Press, publisher of "Fine Wood Working Magazine"; and Classic Chip Carving published by Chipping Away, Inc.

L. S. Irish shared the Wood Carver of the Year - 2007 with Ed Gallenstein, editor and publisher of "Chip Chats Magazine", for her support and teaching efforts in the wood carving community.

Working from her rural mid-Maryland home studio, Lora S. Irish is currently exploring new crafts and hobbies including wire bent link jewelry, metal sheet jewelry, piece patch and applique quilting, gourd carving, gourd pyrography, and leather crafts.

You can contact Lora at her blog, LSIrish.com.

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