The Official Vampire Artist's Handbook: How to Create Your Own Patterns and Illustrations of the Undead


How to draw vampire art and create your own patterns in simple, easy steps. Instructions can be used to create patterns for a variety of crafts as well as for drawing and altering photos. By the incomparable Lora S. Irish.
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How to draw vampire art and create your own patterns in simple, easy steps. Instructions can be used to create patterns for a variety of crafts as well as for drawing and altering photos. By the incomparable Lora S. Irish.
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I couldn't resist requesting this book from NetGalley as soon as I saw it on their listing. I am a huge vampire fan and also like to dabble in pencil sketching from time to time, so it seemed to be the perfect book for me.

This book combines practical projects on drawing and colouring vampires with information about the vampire mythology, adding extra interest to what might otherwise have been a standard book on drawing. I thought the mix worked well as the information gave a basis to the decisions the artist made about the appearance of the different vampires she drew.

I didn't always agree with how the artist represented the vampires, but that is simply a matter of personal taste. I loved the section on colouring and blending colours as it is something I have tended to shy away from, working more with graphic pencils. The tutorials were fun and easy to follow, making them suitable for a complete novice or someone with some drawing experience.

This is a fun book that will appeal to both vampire fans and pencil artists in general.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565236783
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lora S. Irish is an internationally known artist and author, whose acclaimed books include Great Book of Carving Patterns, Great Book of Celtic Patterns, Great Book of Dragon Patterns, Great Book of Tattoo Designs, The Official Vampire Artist's Handbook, Relief Carving Wood Spirits, World Wildlife Patterns for the Scroll Saw, and many more. Fox Chapel Publishing has sold more than 300,000 copies of Irish's books. Lora and her husband, Michael, created, an Internet-based studio focusing on online tutorials, projects, and patterns created exclusively by Lora for crafters and artisans. The website offers more than 1,500 patterns in various subject categories. Lora is also a frequent contributor to Woodcarving Illustrated and to Scroll Saw Woodworking and Crafts magazines.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Knowledge Base for Vampires
A. Mythologies

B. Popular Knowledge

C. Scientific Fact
Chapter 2. Research Question:

A. Introduction

B. Questions for a Vampire

C. Unanswered Vampire Questions

D. Summary Listing of Vampire Traits

E. How to Kill or contain a vampire
Chapter 3: What are vampires?

A. Ancient vs. modern vampires

B. From whence did then originate
Chapter 4: Art Problems with the Legend of Vampires

A. Problem Solving

B. Violating the artist's rule of "Know Thy Subject"
Chapter 5: Understand the Human Face

A. Human Face Proportions

1. Using the face diagram

B. Definitions for Eye Facial Features

1. Highlights and Shadows
Chapter 6; Simple Human Face Changes

A. Emphasizing Shadows

1. Simple eye and brow changes a. Checklist
2. Simple hair changes a. Hair, beard, mustache check list
3. Blood fangs a. Checklist
4. Scars and open wounds a. Checklist
Chapter 7: The Importance of Garments
A. Clothing
1. Clothing and Garb Check list
B. Hats, Shawls, Cowls, and Collars

1. Hat and hoods check, list
B. Adornments

1. Checklist
Chapter 8. Expressing a Vampire's Nature
A. Emotions
1. Checklist
B. Tell Tale Blood
1. Checklist
Chapter 9. Creating a Pattern from a Photo
This is a step-by-step photo essay showing how to go from photograph to vampire art. Very nicely done.
Chapter 10: Pale Skin Coloring

A. Creating Pale Yellow-Beige Skin Color in Colored Pencils

Chapter uses examples in male and female genre to demonstrate how to correctly create skin color for vampire art.
11. Colored Pencil Application

Chapter uses photo essay to show how to layer colored pencils correctly to create shadows and highlights.
12: Creating a Pale Yellow-Beige Skin Color in Colored Pencils

Chapter uses photo essay to demonstrate how to create skin color for vampire art.
13: Creating Dark Skin Color

Chapter uses photo essay demonstration on how to create dark skin color in vampire art.
Appendix 1: Creating Human Skin Tones
Appendix 2: Artist Quality Pencils
Appendix 3: Color Wheel basics

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