The Art of Drawing Dragons, Mythological Beasts, and Fantasy Creatures Step-by-step techniques for drawing fantastic creatures of folklore and legend

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2020-11-03
  • Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing
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Packed with step-by-step projects and helpful drawing tips and techniques, The Art of Drawing Dragons, Mythological Beasts, and Fantasy Creatures explores how to create realistic drawings of dragons, fairies, unicorns, goblins, and more.

Ever considered the differences between fairies and pixies or struggled to remember how many heads belong to a hydra? With more than 50 step-by-step projects; tips and techniques for working with graphite pencil, charcoal, and ink; as well as a little history for each featured mythological and fantasy creature, The Art of Drawing Dragons, Mythological Beasts, and Fantasy Creatures includes everything you need to know to get started drawing your own impressive beasts.

From choosing the right tools and materials to helpful drawing techniques, such as understanding value, basic shading techniques, creating textures, and constructing your own creatures, this step-by-step drawing guide is the perfect first step for beginning artists. Follow along as you learn to draw dragons and fantasy creatures from around the world, including elemental dragons, sea serpents, hydras, fairies, trolls, goblins, gargoyles, and more!  With practice, you’ll soon be able to capture your favorite fantasy creatures—and learn a little bit about their origin and history at the same time.

The Collector's Series offers approachable, step-by-step art instruction for a variety of mediums and subjects, such as drawing, oil, acrylic, watercolor, cartooning, calligraphy, and more. Perfect for beginning artists, each title features artist tips for drawing or painting anything and everything from people, animals, and still life to flowers, trees, and landscapes.

Author Biography

Michael Dobrzycki is an accomplished painter, carpenter, puppet maker, and sketch artist whose work has been featured in more than a dozen children's books and small press publications over the last few years. In 2001, Michael was inducted into the Disneyland Entertainment Hall of Fame. He received a master's degree in illustration from California State University, Fullerton, and holds bachelor's degrees in both art and history from Whittier College. He is currently a visiting professor at Whittier College. Michael lives in Whittier, California.

Table of Contents

Getting Started
Tools & Materials
Shading Your Drawings
Creating Textures
Combining References
Constructing Creatures
Placing the Features
Types of Dragons
Fire Dragon, Water Dragon, Earth Dragon, Storm Dragon, Hatchling, Naga, Drake, Wyrm
Sea Serpent, Hydra, Amphisbaena, Amphitere, Lindworm, Wyvern, Western Dragon
Eastern Dragon
Legendary Dragons
Jörmungandr: Norse
Rainbow Serpent: Australian
Quetzalcoatl: Mexican
Basilisk: North African
Apalala: Pakistani
Tiamat: Mesopotamian
Chelan Lake Dragon: Native American
Fafnir: Norse
Drachenstein: German
Dragon of Beowulf: Anglo-Saxon
Dragon of St. George: English
Ladon: Greek
Azhi Dahaka: Persian
Sui-Riu: Japanese
T’ien Lung: Chinese
Hydrus: Egyptian
Mythological beasts
Sphinx: Greek
Cerberus: Greek
Grendel: Anglo-Saxon
Minotaur: Greek
Centaur: Greek
Satyr: Greek
Cyclops: Greek
Siren: Greek
Harpy: Greek
Gorgon: Greek
Pegasus: Greek
Fantasy Creatures
Leprechaun, Troll, Ogre, Ettin, Orc, Gnome, Goblin, Hobgoblin, Gremlin, Gargoyle
Manticore, Phoenix, Griffin, Kraken, Unicorn, Pixie, Fairy
About the Author

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