Enchanting Elves: Paint Elven Worlds and Fantasy Characters

Enchanting Elves: Paint Elven Worlds and Fantasy Characters

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by Barbara Lanza
     
 

Capture the wonder and whimsy of elves in watercolor!

Much has been written about fairies, but elves on the other hand, are a much more respectable and private sort—so artists wishing to capture their likeness have been left largely to their own imaginations ... until now. Enchanting Elves is the first book ever devoted to painting these

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Capture the wonder and whimsy of elves in watercolor!

Much has been written about fairies, but elves on the other hand, are a much more respectable and private sort—so artists wishing to capture their likeness have been left largely to their own imaginations ... until now. Enchanting Elves is the first book ever devoted to painting these creatures and their everyday world in a sweet and realistic style, featuring:

  • 17 step-by-step demonstrations feature a diverse cast of woodland elves, mischievous sprites, gnome families and hardworking dwarves.
  • 18 mini-demonstrations focus on the details that give your scenes richness and life, including butterflies, autumn leaves, tree bark and other natural textures.
  • 2 complete, delightfully detailed painting demonstrations feature two very different types of elves: Christmas elves hard at work in Santa's workshop, and an elf prince and princess strolling through the woods.

It's all here—from the secrets behind magical watercolor effects, to advice for painting authentic attire, intricate wings, and that faraway look in an elf's eyes that comes from distant worlds we humans can only dream of ... and now, with the help of this book, paint!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Hodges and Cibos have created a thorough guide. Describing the creatures in terms of a sliding scale from human to animal, they begin with some tips on basic anatomy and style. Introductory material includes several versions of an impala that illustrate how various levels of "human" characteristics affect the overall character. The rest of the instruction is grouped by the kind of animal portrayed—felines, canines, equines, etc. Full-color spreads throughout show what can be achieved with practice, and the book concludes with chapters on color and perspective. Lanza includes watercolors of elves and similar creatures such as sprites, gnomes, and dwarves. Materials and basic skills are explained before moving on to chapters that explore faces, figures, and settings. This approach makes the projects accessible to artists who may not have worked with watercolor before. Sidebars feature mini demonstrations focusing on flowers or other details. Useful coloring instructions specify brush and color choices. These fantasy-friendly books provide plenty to explore.—Lisa Glasscock, Columbine Public Library, Littleton, CO

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781600613074
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
08/20/2009
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Barbara Lanza is the author of the successful IMPACT titles Enchanting Fairies and Enchanting Elves. Using graceful drawing and charming imagery, Lanza has illustrated children's books of everyday family life, holiday activities, forest animals and classic fairytales, including more than 30 for Little Golden Books, Scholastic/Cartwheel (such as The Great Golden Easter Egg Hunt, 2000) and Viking. Visit her online at BarbaraLanza.com.

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