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Dracopedia The Great Dragons: An Artist's Field Guide and Drawing Journal Hardcover – June 26, 2012

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Illustrator, concept artist, fine artist and teacher, William O'Connor graduated from Alfred University and also attended The School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design. He has freelanced for Harper Collins, Lucasfilm, Doubleday, Wizards of the Coast, Bookspan, Hasbro, History Channel and more. He's executed thousands of illustrations for gaming and publishing, as well as production designs, concepts, posters and advertisements. He has won over thirty awards and has been published in the showcase books Spectrum 12 and Spectrum 13: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. O'Connor is a member of the Graphic Artist's Guild, New York; Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists; American Showcase of Illustration; and Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. He resides in Pearl River, NY. Visit his website, wocstudios.com, and blog, williamoconnorstudios.blogspot.com.

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Product Details

  • Series: Dracopedia
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: IMPACT; 5/30/12 edition (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144031067X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440310676
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is full of beautiful dragon illustrations drawn with amazing technical skill. The books is part field guide, part artistic guide and the two are integrated together to make an enjoyable dragon book. This book is geared towards young artists, but anyone with an appreciation for imaginative artwork, fantasy illustrations, world building and dragons will love it.

Field Guide
The field guide is full of information on dragon biology, behaviors, and history. Several species and discovery expeditions are recorded. The dragons in this book include the Acadian, Icelandic, Scandinavian, Welsh, Ligurian, Crimean, Chinese and Elwah Dragons. Individual reports may include information on color variations, sketches of skulls, markings for identification, eggs, eating habits, size and habitat. The appendices cover taxonomy, anatomy, flight and poses.

Art Instruction
The book briefly covers the materials used to create the book - traditional materials and digital painting equipment. Most of final renditions of the dragons in this book begin as pencil sketches that are scanned and digitally colored in several steps. The results are what make this book shine - beautifully illustrated and colored dragons. The author includes useful information on color studies, compositions, lighting, color choices, digital paint brushes, and digital layers.

This book was a very welcome addition to my collection of dragon books and art books.
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This book is absolutely amazing, just as good as the first book; if not better. One of the things I loved most is at the end of the book is has a Taxonomic Chart, which is fantastic. I love it, i really do. The art is fantastic, and though it isn't a beginner's book; its amazing for peopel who already know the basics and just want to push themselves further.
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This book is amazing for people who do have a passion for dragons and want to create or just learn more about dragons. the tutorials are amazing and open to edit as well as the fact that they have Photoshop steps is awesome for me being a graphic designer. Def worth getting the first one as well.
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I purchased this book for a good friend of mine who has a fascination with Dragons. As an artist, this was a wonderful gift as it not only provided stunning visuals of the dragons but also the techniques by which the author created these works. Even if you are not an artist and just love dragonlore, I would highly recommend this book. It is well written (like a field guide) with histories of each species and locations throughout the world and as I said before, the visuals are stunning. I will purchase the rest of the series for sure. Highly recommended.
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I already have this book, but bought this copy for a gift. I have loved this book for a long time. Just wish that its premise (that dragons actually exist in this world) were true. It's nice to imagine, and with this book, very easy to do so.
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Docu-fantasy never gets better than these guide books. the text is wonderful and the art is practically perfect in every way. The entire set is required reading for anyone even slightly interested in the most amazing family on beasts that never existed.
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Wanted this book and "Dracopedia: A Guide to Drawing the Dragons of the World" for so long, and am jazzed that I now own both. This book is great, and is a terrific compliment to the above mentioned book. Because I bought this and the other one used, I was able to afford both. I have to say that "Dracopedia: A Guide to Drawing the Dragons of the World" is my favorite of the two, but this book compliments the other so well. If you have to choose between both, I'd recommend the guide to drawing the dragons of the world before I'd recommend this one. Still, I'm happy to have both and together they are among my favorite fantasy drawing books.
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I now have all of the Dracopedia, I really love William O'Connor's art. They are truly unique and creative! This book goes more step by step than dragons of the world and the bestiary, and it also goes into more artistic effects such as lighting and perspective! I love all the dragons and each have their own unique features.
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