Dracopedia : a guide to drawing the dragons of the world by William O'Connor

By William O'Connor

Everything you ever desired to learn about dragons, yet have been afraid to discover out!

Fantasy artists can now breathe more uncomplicated because of this much less perilous substitute to drawing dragons from lifestyles. Dracopedia provides you with secure, easy accessibility to the world's so much popular dragon species, from tiny, risk free feydragons to the ferocious wyvern.

For years, artist William O'Connor has traveled the globe, learning dragons of their typical environments. His findings, box notes and sketches were compiled for the 1st time into this unmarried, superbly illustrated compendium--a normal and cultural historical past of the beasts in addition to a step by step drawing workshop.

  • Details of the anatomy, habit, habitats and legends of thirteen significant dragon families
  • Heavily illustrated with box sketches, anatomical reviews and gesture drawings
  • Shows the start-to-finish production of thirteen extraordinary work, illustrating key innovations that follow to each medium
  • Dragon demonstrations contain: amphiptere, Arctic dragon, Asian dragon, basilisk, coatyl, dragon, dragonette, drake, feydragon, hydra, sea orc, wyrm, wyvern

Dragons have terrorized and overjoyed people for centuries--continue the culture with Dracopedia. it really is choked with idea for placing "fierce" into your fable paintings, in addition to the evidence to maintain your dragons precise to life.

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Some typcial coatyl features are: • Colorful, feathered wings • Jungle habitat • Serpentine body • Avian features For the background and foreground details, I used reference materials on bromeliad flowers, jungle plants and South American ruins from the library to accurately depict these features. 1 Create a Preliminary Sketch With a pencil, sketch out several possible positions for the coatyl to be sure your design is complete. Here, I’ve decided to show the coatyl from behind with its wings extended to best illustrate its beautiful plumage.

Using Multiply mode allows the drawing to show through this layer. I did my underpainting using a range of lighter and darker greens from my palette. When you use Multiply mode for the underpainting layer, brushing repeatedly over the same area darkens the color; use this to help create the shadows. This is also the time to start blocking in textures. For instance, I created the background texture of leaves using a brush with the Scattering option turned on (Window menu > Brushes). In a traditional medium, you might use a sponge or stencil to create texture.

Most species of the Arctic dragon are omnivorous to take advantage of any food available. The larger species of Arctic dragons will hibernate in the winter, burrowing deep into the polar snows to make its lair. Snow serpents are cunning hunters, artfully using the concealment of Arctic fog and cloud-shrouded peaks to camouflage itself. With reduced eyesight, snow serpents hunt by smell and the feel of their long whiskers. This allows the animals to hunt effectively, even in blizzard conditions.

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