Dragon Art: Inspiration, Impact & Technique in Fantasy Art

Dragon Art: Inspiration, Impact & Technique in Fantasy Art

by Graeme Aymer




Welcome to a world of fearsome and majestic beasts! Whether soaring through the skies or lurking in their fiery realms of magical and wondrous adventure, the dragon has remained one of the most iconic and popular creatures in fantasy art. Now Dragon Art explores a whole range of stunning work depicting these winged wonders.

The book begins with a foreword from legendary illustrator, Lord of the Rings artist and dragon fan, John Howe. Then feast your eyes upon the ‘Masters of Dragon Art,’ a section that includes examples of the work of John Howe, Don Maitz, Janny Wurts, Ciruelo, Bob Eggleton, Larry Elmore, Todd Lockwood, Matt Stawicki, and Michael Whelan.

Having whetted your appetite, move on to the heart of the book, in which Graeme Aymer discusses the origins, influences, and attraction of dragons and fantasy art. Discover artworks by a host of exciting artists, some well-established and some newly blazing a trail, but all with their own distinct style—including Alan Lathwell, Scott Altmann, Kerem Beyit, Anne Stokes, Minna Sundberg, and many more.

Also included are feature spreads showcasing artists’ step-by-step stages leading to final pieces, revealing invaluable tips on technique. Dragon Art is an essential title for anyone who is passionate about the skill and imagination of top-class fantasy artists and the awe-inspiring allure of dragons.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435117716
Publisher: Sterling
Publication date: 09/11/2009
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 11.22(w) x 11.78(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Graeme Aymer has been writing about creativity and design for over ten years for magazines including Computer Arts, Computer Arts Projects, and MacWorld. Raised on a diet of Marvel comics, Muppet monsters, and battlestars, he was born in North London and grew up in such contrasting climes as Jamaica, the Bahamas, and Massachusetts before returning to London just in time for the 1990s.

John Howe is best known for his work based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s worlds; alongside Alan Lee, Howe was lead conceptual artist of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, and his vision of the dragon Smaug has set a standard. He is by no means limited to Tolkien; his work has also been inspired by such legends as Beowulf and he has illustrated many other books, including Anne McCaffrey’s A Diversity of Dragons. He also contributed to the film adaptation of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. Most recently, Howe has published a book showcasing and exploring the inspiration and techniques behind his own dragon artworks: John Howe, Forging Dragons.

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