The Fantasy Artist’s Figure Drawing Bible || Matt Dixon

The Artist’s Bible format is ideally suited to this character-by-character guide to populating your fantasy art. There’s everything from Hobbits (here called Halflings to avoid the obvious copyright issues) and Trolls to Amazons and Warriors. Each character is given 6 pages showing a completed painting and basic aspects of design and personality and then ways of developing individuality and the shapes used in the construction of the final drawing.

By no means intended as a masterclass, this is nevertheless a very handy source of reference and even experienced practitioners may find useful tips on dealing with characters they are not immediately familiar with. For the beginner, it’s an invaluable way of learning the many tricks of the trade, although you should be aware that a general manual of drawing and a more basic introduction to fantasy art would be desirable additions to your library.

This is a nicely done little book that manages to be entertaining and amusing as well as instructive.

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