Dracopedia: A Guide to Drawing the Dragons of the World

Dracopedia: A Guide to Drawing the Dragons of the World

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by William O'Connor
     
 

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Everything you ever wanted to know about dragons, but were afraid to find out!

Fantasy artists can now breathe easier thanks to this less perilous alternative to drawing dragons from life. Dracopedia offers you safe, easy access to the world's most prominent dragon species, from tiny, innocuous feydragons to the ferocious wyvern.

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Overview

Everything you ever wanted to know about dragons, but were afraid to find out!

Fantasy artists can now breathe easier thanks to this less perilous alternative to drawing dragons from life. Dracopedia offers you safe, easy access to the world's most prominent dragon species, from tiny, innocuous feydragons to the ferocious wyvern.

For years, artist William O'Connor has traveled the globe, studying dragons in their natural environments. His findings, field notes and sketches have been compiled for the first time into this single, beautifully illustrated compendium—a natural and cultural history of the beasts as well as a step-by-step drawing workshop.

  • Details of the anatomy, behavior, habitats and legends of 13 major dragon families
  • Heavily illustrated with field sketches, anatomical studies and gesture drawings
  • Shows the start-to-finish creation of 13 striking paintings, illustrating key concepts that apply to every medium
  • Dragon demonstrations include: amphiptere, Arctic dragon, Asian dragon, basilisk, coatyl, dragon, dragonette, drake, feydragon, hydra, sea orc, wyrm, wyvern
Dragons have terrorized and delighted humans for centuries—continue the tradition with Dracopedia. It's packed with inspiration for putting "fierce" into your fantasy art, as well as the facts to keep your dragons true to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781600613159
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
09/24/2009
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
194,941
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet 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.

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Dracopedia: A Guide to Drawing the Dragons of the World 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
kentucky_apple More than 1 year ago
I bought this book as a gift for my 19 year old daughter. She does artwork and wanted a book that gave detailed views/images of dragons and their muscular tones. After looking at this book, several hours, and on several different occasions she told me that she liked the book but that it was not accurate in classing the dragons and other types, as some other types this book classified as dragons, when in fact, they are not dragons but belong to a similar mythological species. I looked through the book and I must say that the drawings and artwork are quite good but I agree with my daughter that some of these creatures have been misclassified. But all in all it is a good book to use as reference to the quality artwork in it. My daughter is enjoying this book and using it as a reference in her own artwork.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its so awsome i can kiss it has so much good art and it helped alot! YES!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great reference guide and beautiful drawings. One of the best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But its still AWESOME EVERYWHERE YOU GO!
Alisha Carter More than 1 year ago
Great book. Very helpful, easy steps to help you get started on your own drawings. I highlu recomend this book to those who like dragons.
Vanyamuina More than 1 year ago
This book is great for the aspiring artist (any age) who has already, or wants to, delve into drawing dragons. It has great step-by-step guides to drawing different types of dragons. This book is great for children as well, as about 80% of the book is illustrations and the author has included little stories and fictional history tidbits about the different types of dragons. Overall it's very helpful and visually captivating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!!!!
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