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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 10 up.
This is not a typical how-to instructional book for those who wish to learn to draw these awesome beasts. It is, in fact, much more. It explains that you must know your subject as fully as possible in order to portray it as accurately as possible. To that end, the author provides detailed commentary throughout the book alongside his illustrated examples. These combined features encourage aspiring artists to use his suggestions but also to incorporate what they see in their own imaginations and to explore further. This thorough book includes information about dragons of many different species, dragon hunters and other creatures found within the world of the dragon. The drawing instructions themselves are not exactly step-by-step formulaic directions but rather loose guidelines with a healthy dose of anatomical and historical education. Readers will come away from this book educated in the anatomy, classifications, history and strange beauty of fantastical creatures of times past. They will also gain a greater appreciation of those who, in modern times, attempt to capture the elusive creatures using pencil and paper. Beyond a doubt, this will make them better artists themselves. The meticulous work and thought put into creating this book makes it an excellent resource for intermediate to advanced artists. Reviewer: Trina Heidt