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Dracopedia The Great Dragons: An Artist's Field Guide and Drawing Journal Hardcover – June 26, 2012
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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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We bought this for my nine year old who has a wide variety of dragon books. He loves this one and prefers it to most others.Published 12 days ago by HeilFam
Would definitely recommend this artist's work. Whether you get the first Dracopedia or this one or any of his other works. Read morePublished 3 months ago by SkethcJunkie
Absolutely beautiful art. I saw it In Barnes and Nobles and knew I had to own this book. The imagery includes interesting facts and backstories. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amy
Great reference for artist that wants to draw different types of dragons or to create their own! Beautiful illustrated pages as I can remember, and some tips. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Carrie J Narveson