Millions of young fans live for fantasy in all its forms: books, movies, video games, comics, and online role-playing. Now these young sorcerers and warrior princesses can create their own fantasy worlds and bring them to life in vivid, colorful, action-packed illustrations, thanks to this tutorial by two acclaimed fantasy artists. Starting with basic drawing techniques, readers will follow a series of step-by-step projects to create wizards, warriors, sorceresses, dwarves, elves, goblins, and other astonishing figures that virtually leap off the page. By the end, they'll create whole scenes, including a dramatic showdown between a wizard and a dragon.
Fantasy is a magical medium, which can transport readers to a land and time that is only restricted by the imagination. Fantasy art has increased in popularity due to the recent overwhelming success of the Lord of the Rings films and the Dungeons and Dragons computer game. Aimed at the beginner, this book goes back to basics and looks at the essential tools and materials required, as well as the vital techniques. Drawing processes are explained in detail, whether it's constructing a fantasy sorceress or explaining how to set the background scene for a showdown between a wizard and a dragon.The book contains a series of tutorials on how to draw individual character elements, such as eyes, hair, hands and clothing. Subsequent step-by-step projects then show how to put all of the individual elements together to create an effective fantasy figure. The book also shows the reader how to avoid the pitfalls and provides them with solutions for a simple and effective way to produce a convincing end result that will prove both exciting and rewarding.
Ultimately, this inspiring and encouraging title shows how simple techniques can be built up and combined to create an accomplished finished piece. It is aimed at absolute beginners. It includes clear instructions written by experienced artists give instant help and reassurance. It is packed with invaluable “tricks of the trade”, tips and suggestions that are revelatory to the beginner. It is a useful reference for any aspiring animator to get ideas for subjects and composition.
Gary Spencer Millidge
is the creator, author and illustrator of the award-winning comic book series, Strangehaven. He has also contributed to Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror comic book and his paintings have been featured in the prestigious International Studio art magazine. Gary lives in Essex. James Mckay has written and illustrated the graphic novel, City of Secrets and has also provided concept art for the BBC and several computer gaming companies. James lives in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.