Friday, December 20, 2019

Holiday Gift Guide 2019: Masters and Legends of Fantasy Art

*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

Masters and Legends of Fantasy Art
2nd Expanded Edition
(Fox Chapel Publishing; 225 pages; $24.99)

Uncover the secrets of the fantasy art masters! Masters and Legends of Fantasy Art, 2nd Expanded Edition is loaded with step-by-step tutorials and in-depth interviews with some of the biggest names in the genre. You'll find everything you need to know to create your own imaginative fantasy, sci-fi, and comic art, with advice from 35 legendary talents like Frank Frazetta, H.R. Giger,, Syd Mead, Boris Vallejo, and more. From spaceships and aliens to faeries and elf rangers, star artists reveal their secrets for designing and painting classic fantasy illustrations — using modern tools of the trade like Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, and Wacom Tablets. A core skill section offers tip and techniques on basic topics like drawing dynamic poses, using custom brushes, and rendering realistic materials such as skin, hair, cloth, fur, scales, and shiny metal.

Where To Purchase?

This year I took a few steps out of my comfort zone and read a few titles outside my normal preferred genre. Two of them happens to be science fiction & fantasy. While I have never been a big fan of these genres in the past, I now have more respect for them, especially for the older titles from '70s and '80s.

During the past week, I fell in love the with "Masters Legends of Fantasy Art, 2nd Expanded Edition" by the editors of Fantasy & Scifi Art ImagineFX and published by Fox Chapel Publishing. It's a beautiful art book featuring 36 legendary artist, such as Frank Frazetta, H.R. Giger, Boris Vallejo, Adam Hughs, David Gibbons, and many more!

The book is split up into four sections:
  • Gallery: A gallery of classic fantasy & science fiction art from legendary artists, such as Mike Mignola (Hellboy) and H.R. Giger (Alien).
  • Art Legends: This section features interviews and workshops with selective artist.
  • Art Masters: More interviews and workshops from authors, such as Dan Scott and Andrew Jones.
  • Core Skills: Learn how to draw, paint, and make digital art using modern tools.

Overall, Masters and Legends of Fantasy Art is a marvelous book to own for any aspiring artists or comic fans and science fiction & fantasy lovers alike. (Warning: There are a few illustrations with nudity!)  I now have a deeper appreciation for these genres after reading all the interviews and admiring the gorgeous artworks! The book would make an interesting gift for someone special in your life.

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