Dracopedia The Bestiary: An Artist's Guide to Creating Mythical Creatures [NOOK Book]

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Unleash the Beasts!

For millennia historians, artists and scientists have chronicled their ideas and discoveries of mythological and magical monsters in encyclopedias known as bestiaries. From Asia to America, Japan to the jungles of South Africa, the vast menagerie of exotic and legendary creatures has populated the imaginations of all cultures for centuries.

Beautifully illustrated and fantastically detailed, Dracopedia: The Bestiary is a ...

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Dracopedia The Bestiary: An Artist's Guide to Creating Mythical Creatures

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Overview

Unleash the Beasts!

For millennia historians, artists and scientists have chronicled their ideas and discoveries of mythological and magical monsters in encyclopedias known as bestiaries. From Asia to America, Japan to the jungles of South Africa, the vast menagerie of exotic and legendary creatures has populated the imaginations of all cultures for centuries.

Beautifully illustrated and fantastically detailed, Dracopedia: The Bestiary is a modern, but no less unsettling reimagining of the ancient version. It is an A-to-Z artist's guide to animals of the legendary world. Some, like the griffin and yeti, may be familiar to you. Others--like the enigmatic questing beast and ferocious manticore--may seem new and strange. Some may even haunt your dreams. Inside the bestiary, you will find:

  • Secrets of each animal's evolution--origins, habitat, anatomy, diet and more.
  • Fantastic illustrations created using pencil sketches and digital coloring.
  • Four-stage demonstrations taking you from concept and design to under-painting and finishing details.


By drawing on the forms and features of more pedestrian animals, you'll learn how to give shape to the bizarre creatures that roam the depths of your imagination, adding to the bestiary of the ages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440325359
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 4/26/2013
  • Series: Dracopedia
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 323,730
  • File size: 23 MB
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Meet the Author

William O'Connor is an illustrator, concept artist, fine artist and teacher. He has executed more than 3,000 illustrations for companies such as Wizards of the Coast, Blizzard Entertainment, Lucasfilm, HarperCollins and Activision. He has won over thirty awards for his artwork and received four Chesley nominations. He is a member of the Graphic Artists Guild, the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, and the American Showcase of Illustration. O'Connor is the author of IMPACT's best-selling Dracopedia books and his work has appeared in six editions of the Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art series. Visit his website, wocstudios.com.

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  • Posted May 22, 2013

    First off, Great book! A first class level of production and a f

    First off, Great book! A first class level of production and a fascinating read. It lacks some of the "fluff" which can be found in the other books ("Dracopedia" and "Dracopedia: The Great Dragons") which is a little disappointing because I was becoming rather fond of the, seemingly extra, attention to details and the interesting "tid-bits" on each creature. The book dropped a star for me when I found that the Zburator's aerial view (page 150) was actually the Pegasus aerial view again! What happened? This combined with the shortage of "flavor" text took this book to a 4-star for me but I am still very pleased with it.

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