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DragonWorld, the new dragon art book by Impact Books

Updated on April 25, 2013

If dragon art or fantasy art is your passion then DragonWorld by Impact Books will certainly hit the mark

Be inspired, be very inspired!

DragonWorld is the latest Dragon art book / fantasy art book from Impact Books, showcasing the dragon art of 49 members of the online community Deviant Art. If dragons are your passion then this book is packed with everything you like. From cute dragons to evil dragons, this dragon art book will have something for everyone.It's even got some of my own dragon art within it's pages, so let's take a look at some of the 150 dragons on show in this latest book.

DragonWorld - my own dragon art within the pages of this book!

As a collector of fantasy art books for the last 25 years, and an avid painter myself, this book holds a special place on my bookshelf along with the fantasy art books I have collected over the years. Such books as Lightship by Jim Burns and The Worlds of TSR are just two that sit on my bookshelf full of stunning work. DragonWorld will sit next to them for it's varied selection of dragon art and for the fact that my own work graces the pages of the book. I was lucky enough to be invited last year to submit work for the book, and like the other artists, jumped at the chance.

The books brings together 49 artists from the online gallery Deviant Art and showcases 150 varied and interesting pieces of dragon art from a selection of international artists.

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DragonWorld: Amazing dragons, advice and inspiration from the artists of deviantART
DragonWorld: Amazing dragons, advice and inspiration from the artists of deviantART

Dragon Art from the members of Deviant Art, 49 international artists with 150 works of dragon art on show. . . inclding my own!

 

Lets take a closer look at DragonWorld

As a designer that works within the publishing industry, I see a lot of art books land on my desk and it's always good to see the hardback covers. It's a pet hate of mine to see a great book with a paperback cover where the corners turn up. Call me old fashioned, but that's just me and it's great to see DragonWorld with a substantial hard back cover to it.

I did hope this was the case as I knew my work was to grace the pages of the book. Apart from the hardback cover, Impact books have gone to the trouble of adding gold coloured foil to the book title and the title on the spine, given the book content I really think this is a fitting touch.

DragonWorld boasts over 150 pages of varied dragon art and apart from a brief introduction gets right into displaying the artwork. As mentioned, the book brings together 49 international artists who have developed loyal fan followings on the popular online showcase Deviant Art.com, myself included.

I have been a member of Deviant Art for a few years now and it's on Deviant Art you can see a selection of my other artwork, both traditional art and fantasy art. If your interested take a look here at my Deviant Art Gallery and feel free to let me know what you think.

A great variety of Dragon Art

DragonWorld doesn't hold back and gets straight into showcasing the work of the 49 international artists

Each artist is allocated a certain amount of space to showcase their work with a Q&A-style profile that offers a fascinating insights on the artist' techniques and inspiration. I was lucky enough to be allocated 2 spreads and you can see them here.

Both the peices of Dragon Art were rendered within Photoshop but the black and white water dragon started as a pencil sketch within one of my sketchbooks. Cave dragon was a piece of dragon art that was started, and finished within Photoshop. Cave dragon was a bit of a gamble as the whole images was produced on a budget screen and seeing the images in print gives Impact Books a thumbs up as to ensuring the images would convert and print as it should with the colours as expected.

Cave Dragon

Produced within Photoshop using a graphics tablet

Cave Dragon, which appears on page 136 - 137 of DragonWorld was produced within Photoshop and producing the dragon art makes me appreciate the freedom you get with digital art. Multiple undo's, layers you can turn off and on at your will, layers that your can change the opacity of, a wealth of brushes at your finger tips, an endless colour pallet and no mess associated with traditional painting. The scope with digital painting is endless, but even saying this I still love the traditional painting process and will never give that up.

When looking at this piece it does bring a smile to my face when I think about the set-up I used to produce it. To often we get caught up in using the latest gadget and software. Cave Dragon was proudly produce on a budget set up which included my laptop and Adesso drawing tablet. As with many artists, it's not the tools that create the artwork but the artist.

For any budding digital artist, I think that the message behind this is not to get to bogged down in wanting to use the latest most expensive system and graphics tablet. Great artwork can be produced on standard systems and it's how you use the tools at your disposal.

A wealth of dragon art

49 artists with 150 pieces of dragon art on show

Dragon World has drawn together 49 artists from around the world and puts on display 150 of their paintings. The art is produced in a number of ways, both traditional and digital, and as such has the scope to include something for everyone.

If you like fantasy art and Dragon art is your passion, then DragonWorld (Dragon World) will be a great book choice.

DragonWorld video clip - A video clip I put together showing some of the great artwork within the pages of DragonWorld

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DragonWorld: Amazing dragons, advice and inspiration from the artists of deviantART
DragonWorld: Amazing dragons, advice and inspiration from the artists of deviantART

49 internatinal fantasy artists showcase their work with 150 pieces of dragon art on show.

 

DragonWorld contributing Artists

Listed below are the 49 international artists contributing to DragonWorld

Kei Acedera, Corinne Aiello, Kerman Beyit, Juan Calle, Bobby Chiu, Julia Chubarova, Emmy Cicerega, Ginger Cooley, Melita Curohy, Alyssa T.Davis, Sarah Anne Davis, Thanaphan Dechboon, Alice Duke, Collette J. Ellis, Carlos Eulefi, Jonathan Grimes (me), Natalia Ponce Gutierez, Hedvig Haggman-Sund, Ashley Hall, Mauricio Herrera, Freya Horn, Amelie Hutt, Sarah Jaffe, Lina Karpova, K. Laczin, Kelsey Lakowske, Stephannie Pui-Mun Law, Kendrick Lim, Daniel Lundkvist, Victoria Maderna, Katarzyna Marcinkowska, Eduard Mirica, Robb Mommaerts, Steanie Mrin, William O'Connor, Michelle Parker, Jim Pavelec, Jessica Peffer, Nicolas Alejandro, Aaron Pocock, Kaitlin Ried, Tiago Da Silva, John Staub, E.J.Su, Sandara Tang, Adam Vehige, Ursula Vernon and Chuck Wadey.

What do you think of Dragon World from Impact books?

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @Wakerra LM: It'S a great book and had a great times producing work for it.

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      Astiti 4 years ago

      love it

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      Wakerra LM 4 years ago

      I recognized that cover, and its no wonder! Just like you said in the summary, it originated from DA! DA has some really good artists (it can also be a huge influence of Art Depression....)

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      Fiorenza 4 years ago from UK

      Love the dragons and will order the book, though I couldn't do it through this lens as there's no UK amazon link sadly. Will definitely have another look on deviantArt for more dragons!

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      Absolutely gorgeous - I love dragons!

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      Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      You must feel so pleased being featured in a book. I love Dragons and found this lens really interesting.

      So Angel Blessings from me to you

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      lyttlehalfpint 5 years ago from Canada

      Ohhh, never seen this book before, definitely on my must buy list. I love dragons particularly the artist renditions, though the stories and histories that come with dragons is intriguing also. I think dragonlance series instilled a love of dragons in me ... chuckles.

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Beautiful art work! Congratulations on being published. What an honor to be among so many internationally reknown artists.

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      bloggerjon 5 years ago

      @Nanciajohnson: It is a great book and I love the pages 134 to 137. . .:-)

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      We own this book and have bookmarked just about every page.

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      jballs6 5 years ago

      Amazing artwork! Congratulations on being in the book. The dragons look stunning. I can just about manage matchstick men

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      bloggerjon 5 years ago

      @MarcStorm LM: Thanks for the feedback MarcStorm and plenty more from me to come.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your dragon artwork. You're very talented!

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      Great artwork! What an honor to be included in that book! The book's creators definitely picked some worthy artists.

      My brother is the artist in my family. He should really do some drawing. He's busy, being a dad and all.... but he should really draw to relieve some stress. He had a huge portfolio case of his artwork, that he's done over the many years of his life, and sadly it was in a basement that ended up having water damage and mold. He lost all of his artwork, all ruined! What a heartbreak!

      Great article & way to showcase your art and the others included in the book. Extra special thoughtful to include all of their names, etc.

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      bloggerjon 5 years ago

      @Ruthi: The talent in the book does show a lot of different styles and methods and it was great to be part of it. For me, hardback books are always the best as the cover just protects the book as it should, especially with art books like DragonWorld.

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      bloggerjon 5 years ago

      @KathyMcGraw2: Hi Kathy, it was exciting to be asked to have my artwork within the book and hope to do more some day.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      One would not even have to like dragon art in order to appreciate the artistic talent shown in this book, DragonWorld. Congratulations to you on having some of your dragon art grace its pages.

      I agree with you, hard cover is certainly the best choice for this book.

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      Kathy McGraw 5 years ago from California

      Interesting, and what an honor to be asked to submit your Dragon art.

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      bloggerjon 5 years ago

      @GeekGirl1: Thanks for visiting my lens, reading is great but having work in them in pretty cool.

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      I very much enjoy reading fantasy books.

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      bloggerjon 5 years ago

      @homeschoolsonya: Hi Learningis Fun

      You are right, Dragons are great inspiration and I love to paint and draw them. Thanks for the feedback.

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      Sonya Chappell 5 years ago from UK

      Dragons are such a great inspiration for kids too - I suppose because they really let your imagination unfold. I'll show this to Catherine, my daughter, who is just making a paper mache flying model dragon in pearlescent blue...

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      bloggerjon 5 years ago

      @SheGetsCreative: Hi Upon-request

      Thanks for the feedback and 'like', it's appreciated. Fantasy art is something I dabble in and was lucky enough to be asked to have some of my work within the book. I am looking to put a few lenses together on how I work with some steps on the process, so keep an eye open for them.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I enjoyed seeing this book and your illustrations in it. I hope you'll create some more lenses on Squidoo about how your artwork.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Very cool! Adding to my Bestselling Fantasy Art Books lens

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      bloggerjon 5 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: Hi Vallen

      Thanks for the comments and there are certainly plans to highlight some of my artwork and how I created it.

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      bloggerjon 5 years ago

      @Snowsprite: Hi

      Thanks for the comments and the images I show in the lens is my own work published in the book.

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      Fay 6 years ago from Cornwall, UK

      Some great artwork here what a lovely lens. This book looks interesting a great colleciton of dragons. Thanks