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The Fairy Artist’s Figure Drawing Bible || Linda Ravenscroft

The number of books that has appeared recently on fantasy and fairy painting suggests a strong interest and this latest addition to the Artists’ Bible series deserves to do well.

A catalogue of the many characters from fairyland, it includes descriptions of how to draw and paint them as well as offering suggestions for costumes and facial expressions. My own aversion to the subject is on record, but there’s no doubt that this is well done and presented in a way that makes it easy to find what you want and then to follow the really quite detailed instructions. That the author is a respected artist in the field only adds to the book’s authority and value.

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How to Draw & Paint Fairyland || Linda Ravenscroft

Fantasy art tends to get quite specific and you’ll often find yourself having to make sure you get just the right variety of dragon or dwarf if you don’t want the world to laugh at you.

OK, I’m being unfair, but not as much (if you’re a general reader) as you might think. So, this quite substantial volume offers a good variety of subject matter and pulls together figures, landscapes and buildings so that you can create a complete world without having to refer to a dozen or more different titles.

The result is a consistency of style that’s very welcome and it does have to be said that the results are really rather charming. I’ve remarked elsewhere that I have a specific allergy to fantasy art, but this has won me over. The fairies aren’t too cute, the flowers and plants in the background have a firm basis in reality and the buildings (castles, for the most part) are pretty much architecturally sound. A building inspector would condemn any house built in a toadstool, but that’s building inspectors for you; lighten up guys, fairies have no weight so floor loadings just don’t apply!

Anything like this has a particular market but work with Linda and you should be able to produce results that appeal to a more general audience. The instructions and demonstrations are first class, too.

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