How to Draw and Paint Fantasy Combat: A Step-by-Step Guide to Epic Combat Scenes

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One of the hallmarks of fantasy art is incredible combat scenes. Epic battles beneath thundery skies, hand-to-hand combat between good and evil, the lone warrior facing a monstrous foe…this is what fantasy is all about! For artists, the amount of detail and movement needed to make these scenes convincing can be a challenge. In How to Draw and Paint Fantasy Combat, award-winning fantasy artist Matt Stawicki demystifies the techniques needed to create truly realistic scenes. ...
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Overview


One of the hallmarks of fantasy art is incredible combat scenes. Epic battles beneath thundery skies, hand-to-hand combat between good and evil, the lone warrior facing a monstrous foe…this is what fantasy is all about! For artists, the amount of detail and movement needed to make these scenes convincing can be a challenge. In How to Draw and Paint Fantasy Combat, award-winning fantasy artist Matt Stawicki demystifies the techniques needed to create truly realistic scenes. Inside he covers:
  • Essential tools: paper, drawing and painting tools, computer software, and more
  • Drawing techniques including tones and shading, anatomy, and unique details
  • Painting techniques that really draw the viewer's eye and make the artwork pop
  • Tips on creating the perfect fantasy environment for the action

Unique to this manual is Stawicki's invaluable "directories" of classic combat art elements, from attacking and defensive poses to weapons and clothing. A helpful "Artists at Work" section looks over the shoulder of five leading fantasy artists as they create compelling combat scenes. More than 250 full-color illustrations provide instruction and inspiration.

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"Lively narrative instruction throughout explains the finer points of drawing and painting tools, techniques, the basics of the figure, staging realistic combat scenes, and various fantasy subgenres. … An excellent starting point for comic book fans and fantasy enthusiasts of all ages who want to attempt some fantasy art on their own." --Library Journal
Library Journal
06/15/2014
HBO's hugely popular epic Game of Thrones has recently stimulated interest in the fantasy genre, and this guide by fantasy artist Stawicki with text from graphic designer Cowan (Drawing and Painting Fantasy Figures) is aligned with that trend. Lively narrative instruction throughout explains the finer points of drawing and painting tools, techniques, the basics of the figure, staging realistic combat scenes, and various fantasy subgenres. Traditional and digital media are also discussed, which include specific software recommendations. The final chapter profiles four professional fantasy artists, including Stawicki, and shows step-by-step labeled explanations for how each created a work of fantasy combat. VERDICT An excellent starting point for comic book fans and fantasy enthusiasts of all ages who want to attempt some fantasy art of their own.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438003467
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2014
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 585,047
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Matt Stawicki is an award-winning artist who has been creating fantasy images for more than 20 years. His art has been featured on a wide range of products, from collectibles to book covers.
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