Dracopedia The Bestiary: An Artist's Guide to Creating Mythical Creatures

Dracopedia The Bestiary: An Artist's Guide to Creating Mythical Creatures

William O'Connor

Language: English

Pages: 316

ISBN: 1440325243

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Dracopedia The Bestiary: An Artist's Guide to Creating Mythical Creatures

William O'Connor

Language: English

Pages: 316

ISBN: 1440325243

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Unleash the Beasts!
For millennia historians, artists and scientists have chronicled their ideas and discoveries of mythological and magical monsters in encyclopedias known as bestiaries. From Asia to America, Japan to the jungles of South Africa, the vast menagerie of exotic and legendary creatures has populated the imaginations of all cultures for centuries.

Beautifully illustrated and fantastically detailed, Dracopedia: The Bestiary is a modern, but no less unsettling reimagining of the ancient version. It is an A-to-Z artist's guide to animals of the legendary world. Some, like the griffin and yeti, may be familiar to you. Others--like the enigmatic questing beast and ferocious manticore--may seem new and strange. Some may even haunt your dreams. Inside the bestiary, you will find:<UL>• Secrets of each animal's evolution--origins, habitat, anatomy, diet and more.
• Fantastic illustrations created using pencil sketches and digital coloring.
• Four-stage demonstrations taking you from concept and design to under-painting and finishing details.
</UL> By drawing on the forms and features of more pedestrian animals, you'll learn how to give shape to the bizarre creatures that roam the depths of your imagination, adding to the bestiary of the ages.

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hind quarters of a lion and the wings and head of an eagle. In classical mythology, medieval bestiaries, heraldry and even contemporary fiction, the griffin 92 is one of history’s favorite creatures, perhaps second only to the dragon. Various cultures from the Greeks, Romans, Arabians, Egyptians and throughout medieval Europe, have depicted the griffin in its own way. A large predatory animal such as the griffin is likely to have come from a mountainous environment where it would be able to

because it combines the elements of a giant spider creature with a beautiful woman, obviously a combination that could never exist in nature. The origin of my design was a massive arachnid whose carapace markings (its outershell) could be perceived as the face of a woman. With an abdomen the size of a human head, the jorogumo would have a leg span of over 3 feet (1m), and its legs must be large and strong enough to support its weight. I referred to images of arthropods like 134 crabs,

Kraken Head 148 Leviathan History Depictions of giant whales of ancient times can be found in many cultures. Of all the animals described in the bestiary, none comes close in sheer size to the enigmatic leviathan. The word leviathan itself has come to be synonymous with 149 gigantism. Although never documented as a specific species, cryptozoologists believe the leviathan to be related to plesiosaurs, or the ancient-toothed cetacean family of Basilosauridae or the recently unearthed Livyatan

deepest ocean depths and surfacing rarely helped form a whole ecosystem around the beast similar to how remora fish survive in close proximity to sharks. 2 Skeletal Frame Sketch Render a pencil sketch of the leviathan’s pose on 9” × 12” (23cm × 30cm) paper to make sure you can accommodate its length. 154 3 Detailed Pencil Sketch Sketch the details of the body, the inside of its mouth and a pod of smaller sperm whales that exist within the whale’s ecosystem. The kelp-like growth on the outside

deepest ocean depths and surfacing rarely helped form a whole ecosystem around the beast similar to how remora fish survive in close proximity to sharks. 2 Skeletal Frame Sketch Render a pencil sketch of the leviathan’s pose on 9” × 12” (23cm × 30cm) paper to make sure you can accommodate its length. 154 3 Detailed Pencil Sketch Sketch the details of the body, the inside of its mouth and a pod of smaller sperm whales that exist within the whale’s ecosystem. The kelp-like growth on the outside

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