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Dragonart: How to Draw Fantastic Dragons and Fantasy Creatures Paperback – September 25, 2005
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Grade 5 Up This book has great writing and superb illustrations and manages to do everything right from the front cover to the index. The author is clearly knowledgeable about her topic and her enthusiasm is contagious. Her dragons are wonderfully diverse and, while none of them looks particularly easy to draw, the sheer breadth of Peffer's imagination will encourage readers to try and create some of their own. The writing hits the perfect note between didactic and mischievous and will especially appeal to the sensibilities of teen artists. There is nothing else out there right now with the wit and style of DragonArt; it is sure to become a classic in fantasy-art instruction. Steev Baker, Kewaskum Public Library, WI
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About the Author
J "NeonDragon" Peffer is a fantasy art illustrator who runs a popular website and whose work has been licensed for T-shirts, posters and stickers.
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I think I'm going to pair this with a sketchpad and a set of color pencils for a really nice Christmas gift. I know the recipient will be thrilled! I'm actually checking out all the other books from Dragonart. I didn't realize there were so many but I know we'll be getting more because I'm really impressed with this one!
Update: I wasn't wrong. My 11-year old started right off the bat trying to draw the dragon on the cover and was a little frustrated at how silly it looked. So then he dove into the lessons. Here's the interesting thing. On Christmas day, he got this book with a sketch pad and an Android tablet and headphones. The rest of the gifts had to wait a few days till my stepkids came home. Over and over, he asked me if he could listen to music on the tablet while drawing. He wasn't gorging on Minecraft and Terraria and YouTube...he was choosing drawing over all that. A+++ in my book!
This book is divided into six sections: Introduction, How To Use The Book, Part 1: Fantastic Dragons, Part 2: Unique Details, Part 3: Other Fantasy Creatures, and Quick Guide to Fantastic Beasts.
"How To Use The Book" covers Dragon Basic Shapes, Dragon Shading and 3-D Effects, and Perspective and Overlap.
"Part 1: Fantastic Dragons" is the longest section of this book. It contains Basic Shapes (one 15 steps tutorial: Basic Dragon), Dragon Faces and Expressions (three 6 steps tutorials: side, front and 3/4 view), Dragon Limbs (six 6 steps tutorials: human-like front limbs, animal-like front limbs, dragon hindquarters, lion-like paws, talon-like claws, and lion-lizard hind paws), Dragon Bodies (three 6 steps tutorials: front, side, and back view), Dragon Skeleton, and Dragon Wings and Flight (three 6 steps tutorials: open wings, curved overlapped wings, and folded wings). It also contains a 13 and a 14 steps respectively about the Western Dragon and the Eastern Dragon.
"Part 2: Unique Details" includes seven 2-4 steps tutorials covering: Spiral Horns, Long, Tusk-Like Horns, Frills and Fins, Scales, Tails, Feathers and Fur
"Part 3: Other Fantasy Creatures" includes nine 11-13 steps tutorials of fantasy creatures: Gargoyle, Pegasus, Chimera, Kirin, Phoenix, Griffin, Basilisk, Wyverns and Sea Serpent.
With only 128 pages, this book is a little thin, but otherwise is a great how-to-draw book for beginners and dragon lovers alike.
Other books from J. Peffer include:
DragonArt Fantasy Characters: How to Draw Fantastic Beings and Incredible Creatures
Dragonart Evolution: How to Draw Everything Dragon
DragonArt Ultimate Gallery: More than 70 dragons and other mythological creatures
Various types of horns, scales, tails, and paws are added. The book provides views from all sides so you can get the overall proportions correct. If you are using a 3D graphics program that rotates your drawing, this will quicken your successful conclusion.
Now you can use these techniques to draw a gargoyle, pegasus, chimera, kirin, phoenix, griffins, basilisk, wyvern, sea serpent, and phoenix.
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