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Astonishing Fantasy Worlds: The Ultimate Guide to Drawing Adventure Fantasy Art


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ISBN13: 9780823014729
ISBN10: 082301472x
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Another sure-fire hit about one of todays hottest genres—from best-selling author Christopher Hart!

• Drawing fantasy doesnt have to be just a fantasy anymore

• Journey through fantasy worlds, meet strange and fascinating characters—then draw them, the Chris Hart way

• Brimming with fantastic art from top names!

Everyone loves fantasy, whether theyre young or old, male or female, geeky or chic-y. We all thrill to the bold heroes, the powerful heroines, and the evil villains. Now top-selling author and artist Christopher Hart reveals exactly how to draw every major fantasy genre: horror, Gothic, magic, medieval, primitive, undersea, and fairy. Here are wizards, beasts, soldiers and slaves, kings and queens, princes and princesses, knights, giants, nymphs and fairies, elves, griffins and unicorns, werewolves, dragons, and many more denizens of the many worlds of fantasy. And to make those fabulous creatures come to life, Hart uses his signature step-by-step style to explain exactly how to create deep shadows, high contrast, chains, spikes, sallow faces and bony fingers, cliffs, castles of light and castles of darkness, undersea cities, and other fantastic places and effects. Its a fantasy lovers fantasy, all between the covers of one fantastic book: Astonishing Fantasy Worlds.

Book News Annotation:

Wizards' robes are surprisingly complex, as are the weapons of ghouls, yet master illustrator Hart makes them manageable, that is, if you have the talent, imagination and courage. Packed with creatures, this guide takes users from rough geometric shapes to finished barbarians, Vikings and fairies, with Hart explaining each step and its rationale. He works from relatively simple human figures in appropriate costume to beastly hybrids, ferocious wild things, imaginary forms within medieval contexts, and the full range of gothic beings, from slaves to warriors. Along with his practical advice on figures Hart touches upon where to find examples of armor and weapons, how to pose figures to their best advantage, and how to avoid what everyone else has done. Even those who have no hope of actually drawing the figures will enjoy the illustrations and the explanations of how they emerged from Hart's pen. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Christopher Hart is the worlds best-selling author of drawing and cartooning books. With more than 2.5 million copies in print in 18 languages, his books have set the standard for art instruction around the world. He lives in Westport, CT.

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michael.sheanjones, January 13, 2011 (view all comments by michael.sheanjones)
This is a great book for working on your drawing skills. Christopher Hart uses easy to follow directions and nice examples to keep up the interest in putting pencil to paper which is really the key to getting better.
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Hart, Christopher
Watson-Guptill Publications
Fantasy in art
Techniques - Drawing
Techniques - Drawing - Specific Subjects
Commercial - Illustration - Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Drawing -- Technique.
Art - Drawing
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10.96x8.44x.45 in. 1.37 lbs.

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