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Fantastic Dragons and How To Draw Them
BY Tom Kidd

Search Press
11 June 2018/ ISBN 9781782216803
How-To Books/Art

Reviewed by Rachel Hyde


If you have ever wanted to capture the power, grace and majesty of dragons after reading a fantasy book or watching a film, this workbook is for you. It goes a stage further than most art books as you draw in the book itself, generating a record of your work as you learn each stage of dragon anatomy.

This is a handsome volume with its gold printed cover, vintage appearance and marbled endpapers, akin to a magical tome. You feel that Harry Potter might have come across it in Hogwarts library and used it in art classes. Of course dragons don’t exist, but parts of them do, as we have reptiles, birds, dinosaurs and other creatures to inspire us when we imagine them.

This book is organized in three sections and initially takes a look at body parts, types of dragon, and how to bring your work to life. Start by looking at the heads, eyes, wings, skin, teeth, etc., of real animals, and have a go at drawing them in the boxes provided. There are whole pages to sketch other animal parts from your own research, as well as exercises on how to capture expression, flight and movement.

The second section deals with six dragon types, which you can copy first before creating your own version Finally, you can put it all together to make your own drawing. Interestingly, this section opens with exercises involving drawing real objects and animals first by having them in front of you, and then drawing them from memory. More exercises follow this time with the dragons, getting them to fly and making their textures looking lifelike. Finally, draw the culmination of your work – your own dragon.

At the back are some useful sketches of dragons to inspire, together with captions about them for more ideas. I liked the workbook style and can imagine artists of any level enjoying working through the stages, particularly those with some drawing experience in other fields who want to try their hand at drawing dragons.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
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