Fantasy Artist's Figure Drawing Bible: Ready-to-Draw Characters and Step-by-Step Rendering Techniques

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Students of fantasy art who open this book will learn how to imagine and draw a wide variety of mythical characters to illustrate legends, myths, and fables. Author Matt Dixon presents both ideas and techniques for creating fantasy characters, demonstrating how to pose them correctly, and give them appropriate costumes to fit the story being told. After advising on uses of both conventional and computer art materials and tools, he coaches his readers on basic methods for sketching figures, adding tone and color to the illustration, and providing correct proportions and balanced composition. A detailed chapter on human anatomy follows, with instructions for transforming human figures into convincing fantasy characters. The bulk of this self-teaching manual consists of a directory of fantasy character types, each of them shown with concept sketches, constructional drawings, and fully-rendered images, all supplemented with instructive captions. The directory consists of approximately 30 different character types, including:
* Warrior * Wizard * Princess * Hero * Peasant * Elf * Gnome * Barbarian * Goblin * Witch * Vampire . . . and many more
The text is supplemented with more than 600 full-color illustrations.

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READY-TO-DRAW CHARACTERS AND STEP-BY-STEP RENDERING TECHNIQUES

This practical guide offers the fantasy artist a vast resource of ideas and techniques for creating extraordinary fantasy characters


  • Learn how to draw dynamic action poses, realistic facial expressions, and expressive body language and gestures. Master the details of costumes and weaponry, and discover how to add shock value to your fantasy creations.
  • The focus is on developing fantasy character concepts and bringing them to life. All characters are shown in concept sketches, constructional drawings, and fully rendered, so theyÂ’re easy to copy—or to use as a starting point for your own fantasy figures.
  • Whether youÂ’re working in traditional media, on a computer, or combining both methods, this book will become your essential reference. Both beginners and experienced illustrators will find helpful instruction and many useful ideas.

    Matt Dixon is currently in his second decade as a professional artist. He has worked on a variety of projects in the video game industry, designed characters and original titles for major movie franchises, and illustrated books, magazines, and graphic novels.
  • About the Author:

    Matt Dixon is a veteran artist in the videogame industry. He has also designed characters for movie franchises and has illustrated books, magazines, and graphic novels.

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