The World of Dragon Art
Click on The World of Dragon Art or select a book below to learn about the world of dragons and drawing your own.
The ‘Masters of Dragon Art’ section includes such favorites as Don Maitz and Bob Eggleton.
A discussion of dragons and fantasy art runs throughout the book, alongside a large selection of fine work, which is interspersed with features presenting artists’ works-in-progress, providing invaluable insight on technique.
In easy-to-follow, step-by-step detail, Drawing Dragons teaches you tricks and techniques needed to create your own amazing dragons. You’ll discover how to draw all types of dragons using nothing but a pencil. Drawing Dragons shows how to bring to life fierce warriors and bearded ancients, as well as hatchlings and protective mothers.
It also features a special section on adding claws, scales, horns, jewels and other unique details to your dragons.
Fantasy artists can now breathe easier thanks to this less perilous alternative to drawing dragons from life. Dracopedia offers you safe, easy access to the world’s most prominent dragon species, from tiny, innocuous feydragons to the ferocious wyvern.
For years, artist William O’Connor has traveled the globe, studying dragons in their natural environments. His findings, field notes and sketches have been compiled for the first time into this single, beautifully illustrated compendium–a natural and cultural history of the beasts as well as a step-by-step drawing workshop.
- Details of the anatomy, behavior, habitats and legends of 13 major dragon families.
- Heavily illustrated with field sketches, anatomical studies and gesture drawings.
- Shows the start-to-finish creation of 13 striking paintings, illustrating key concepts that apply to every medium
- Dragon demonstrations include: amphiptere, Arctic dragon, Asian dragon, basilisk, coatyl, dragon, dragonette, drake, feydragon, hydra, sea orc, wyrm, wyvern
Dragons have terrorized and delighted humans for centuries–continue the tradition with Dracopedia. It’s packed with inspiration for putting “fierce” into your fantasy art (if you desire to create fierce dragons that is — we prefer beneficent dragons), as well as the facts to keep your dragons true to life.
William O’Connor, author/illustrator of the best selling Dracopedia book series is also an illustrator of more than 3000 illustrations for the gaming and publishing business. William O’Connor’s 20 year career includes work with such companies as Wizards of the Coast, Impact Books, Blizzard Entertainment, Lucas Films, Activision and more. Winner of over 30 industry awards for artistic excellence including six contributions to Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantasy Art and 4 Chesley Nominations, O’Connor has taught and lectured around the country about his unique and varied artwork.
J. “Neon Dragon” Peffer
Because some dragons — mainly European — enjoy having others around to terrorize, disembowel and occasionally hang out with, this book will also teach you how you to populate your dragon’s universe with a cast of fantastic creatures, including mythical griffins, guardian gargoyles and deadly basilisks.
(To avoid angering dragons, consider being kind, or at least polite. Not all are mean . . . unless, of course, they are unnecessarily provoked.)
Kythera of Anevern
Kythera makes drawing fire-breathing beasts and mysterious, magical creatures fun and easy. In this 64-page how-to-draw book, fantasy artist Kythera of Anevern demonstrates how to draw dragons, fairies, ogres, merfolk, and everything in between!
It’s an excellent book, useful for beginners or those wishing to brush up on claws, tails, wings… You will discover in-depth tips and techniques for drawing textures such as fur, hair, scales, and teeth, as well as features like tails, wings, talons, hooves, and horns.
With a wealth of fanciful drawings and in-depth instruction on re-creating extraordinary creatures in graphite, this book is ideal for anyone who is fascinated by the fantastic.
Featuring the artwork of John Howe from The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit movies (PicturaTM)
Pictura showcases a stunning range of art to collect and admire and encourages beginning to advanced artists to put their own stamp of creativity on the artwork by coloring it in. Its unique accordion foldout format makes it an attractive decorative piece that can be displayed and shared with others.
Some of the world’s most famous and respected illustrators set the foundation of the artwork by creating beautiful, original, and imaginative scenes. It is up to the individual to color in these spectacular settings, enhancing the scenes and adding their own personal touch.
Coloring Dragons features the unique art of John Howe, famous artist and creator of fantastical worlds and beasts and concept artist on the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Through John’s work, artists are transported to a magical world of dragons. On the flip side of the panel, this world-famous master offers his expertise and advice about basic drawing skills and the tools and materials needed to draw dragons. With so many details packed into an 8-panel display, Coloring Dragons invites artists to discover hidden mythical creatures and legendary beasts as they color their way through this labyrinthine world of charm and fantasy.
Author/illustrator Ralph Masiello explores the world of dragon lore, from the mystical Australian rainbow serpent to the revered imperial dragon of China. Just follow the steps in red to create your own mythical, magical beasts. Extra bonus steps in blue show how to add realistic scales and more advanced details.
11 traditional beasts and how to draw them. For each, he provides a series of detailed drawings that build up to the finished pictures slowly, guiding artists line by line. Masiello uses the term dragon broadly to include Ouroboros and the cockatrice as well as more traditional forms such as Fafnir, the Aboriginal Australian Rainbow Serpent, and the Chinese imperial dragon.