DragonWorld, the new dragon art book by Impact Books
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.
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.
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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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.