The Complete Book of Drawing Fantasy Art: How to draw amazing characters and scenes

Arcturus Publishing
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This action-packed volume brings together a whole range of fantasy art projects, from the nearly human to the downright monstrous. Steve Beaumont's two successful fantasy art titles, How to Draw Fantasy Art and How to Draw Fantasy Worlds, are brought together into one bumper volume. Projects range from a demonic seductress to a howling werewolf, a winged warrior and a rock and roll vampire. Throughout the book fantasy artist Steve Beaumont provides step-by-step instruction and professional tips.
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About the author

Steve Beaumont has been producing professional - often high profile - illustrations, storyboards and graphic novels for film, TV, and publication for the past 15 years. His artwork style is extremely popular with young teens and adults alike, giving his drawing titles excellent child/adult crossover.
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Arcturus Publishing
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Jul 29, 2016
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Art / History / Contemporary (1945-)
Art / Techniques / Cartooning
Art / Techniques / Drawing
Art / Techniques / General
Art / Techniques / Pen & Ink Drawing
Art / Techniques / Pencil Drawing
Juvenile Nonfiction / Art / Drawing
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 Drawing Dragons - How to Draw Mythical Creatures for the Beginner
Table of Contents
PART I | Dragons: General Facts and Fiction
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The Dragon Realm
Aliens and Dragons
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