Unleash the Beasts!
For millennia historians, artists and scientists have chronicled their ideas and discoveries of mythological and magical monsters in encyclopedias known as bestiaries. From Asia to America, Japan to the jungles of South Africa, the vast menagerie of exotic and legendary creatures has populated the imaginations of all cultures for centuries.
Beautifully illustrated and fantastically detailed, Dracopedia: The Bestiary is a modern, but no less unsettling reimagining of the ancient version. It is an A-to-Z artist's guide to animals of the legendary world. Some, like the griffin and yeti, may be familiar to you. Otherslike the enigmatic questing beast and ferocious manticoremay seem new and strange. Some may even haunt your dreams. Inside the bestiary, you will find:
- Secrets of each animal's evolutionorigins, habitat, anatomy, diet and more.
- Fantastic illustrations created using pencil sketches and digital coloring.
- Four-stage demonstrations taking you from concept and design to under-painting and finishing details.
By drawing on the forms and features of more pedestrian animals, you'll learn how to give shape to the bizarre creatures that roam the depths of your imagination, adding to the bestiary of the ages.
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
First off, Great book! A first class level of production and a fascinating read. It lacks some of the "fluff" which can be found in the other books ("Dracopedia" and "Dracopedia: The Great Dragons") which is a little disappointing because I was becoming rather fond of the, seemingly extra, attention to details and the interesting "tid-bits" on each creature. The book dropped a star for me when I found that the Zburator's aerial view (page 150) was actually the Pegasus aerial view again! What happened? This combined with the shortage of "flavor" text took this book to a 4-star for me but I am still very pleased with it.
Excellent book(s) for those who appreciate realistic creatures, not the jewel-studded variety of video game garbage. I had the same problem as Drake_JD, with the Zurberator having the pegasus aerial view, though they did fix it in the second printing, so I will give them credit for addressing the problem before it became a huge issue for a lot of people. Because of how well the author did making the creatures out to be living & breathing creatures we have around today, I bought the other two books of the Dracopedia series, and am very satisfied. No buyers remorse here at all. :)