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Old 05-26-2007, 11:44 PM
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Great Books for Fantasy and Sci-Fi Artists

Below is a listing of books that can be useful in the fantasy/sci-fi genre. Both art instruction books, as well as those simply for reference and inspiration, are included. Before investing in any book (unless you have a book obsession), it is a good idea to check and see if the book meets your needs. There will be differences in skill level, subject matter, and method of deliver that may or may not work for you. Visiting a site that posts book reviews would be a great help in decision making.

This thread will remain open, so please feel free to post book suggestions, comments, reviews, etc. in this thread. Everyone has different learning styles, so explanations on WHY a book was helpful or your favorite would greatly enhance the value of this thread. What may work for one person, doesn't necessarily work for another. Also, comments on what you donít like about a book help, too. Just remember to stay on topic!


The Structure of Man: Learn to Draw the Human Figure from Your Mind
hosted by Riven Phoenix
(FYI... not a book, but a 5 DVD set)

Anatomy for the Artist
by Sarah Simblet and John Davis

Anatomy for the Artist
by Jeno Barcsay

Dynamic Figure Drawing
by Burne Hogarth

Human Anatomy Made Amazingly Easy
by Christopher Hart

Anatomy for Fantasy Artists: An Illustrator's Guide to Creating Action Figures and Fantastical Forms
by Glenn Fabry, additional text by Ben Cormack

Dragonart Fantasy Characters: How to Draw Fantastic Beings and Incredible Creatures
J. Peffer

Drawing and Painting Fantasy Figures: From the Imagination to the Page
by Finlay Cowan

How to Draw and Paint Fairies: From Finding Inspiration to Capturing Diaphanous Detail, a Step-by-Step Guide to Fairy Art
by Linda Ravenscroft

Enchanting Fairies: How To Paint Charming Fairies and Flowers
By Barbara Lanza

Freaks!: How to Draw Fantastic Fantasy Creatures
by Steve Miller

The Fantasy Illustrator's Technique Book
by Gary A. Lippincott

John Howe Fantasy Art Workshop
by John Howe

Drawing and Painting Fantasy Landscapes and Cityscapes
by Rob Alexander

Celtic Art: The Methods of Construction
by George Bain

DragonArt: How to Draw Fantastic Dragons and Fantasy Creatures
by Jessica Peffer

Hell Beasts: How to Draw Grotesque Fantasy Creatures
Jim Pavelec

Thunder Lizards!: How to Draw Fantastic Dinosaurs
Steve Miller

Great Book of Dragon Patterns
by Lora S. Irish

Painting Dragons in Watercolour
by Paul Bryn Davies


The Fantasy Figure Artist's Reference File with CD-ROM
by Peter Evans

Atlas of Foreshortening: The Human Figure in Deep Perspective
by John Cody and Ron Tribell

Arms and Armor: A Pictorial Archive from Nineteenth-Century Sources
selected and arranged by Carol Belanger Grafton

Weapons: A Pictorial History
written and illustrated by Edwin Tunis

Dungeons & Dragons© monster manuals
(there are many editions and supplements available)

Magickal Mystical Creatures: Invite Their Powers Into Your Life
by D.J. Conway

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