Magnificent Fantasy Creatures and How to Draw Them by Kev Walker

Hi there! I was going to talk about this book last week but I started making an “illuminated initial” bookmark and lost track of time! ooops. I didn’t post any art book this weekend, so I’ll post them during this week.

About my bookmark, let me tell you, at first I felt overwhelmed and felt like I couldn’t create something as intricate as that. But I just gave it a go, ready to fail but also ready to learn from it, and guess what?. It turned out pretty good!. You know how they say that all you need is to trust yourself? well, sometimes you don’t even need that! (I mean, most of the time I don’t trust myself, I’m good example of that). Sometimes all you need is to keep moving forward.Β 

forward.

no expectations.

you can still doubt yourself.

just don’t stop.

You’ll be surprised of how much you can actually achieve and learn if you just dare to try and fail… or succeed!. Regrets often stem from what you didn’t try, not from your mistakes. Now let me show you my bookmark and then we can have some book talk πŸ˜‰

Picture of bookmark with an illuminated letter A and medieval ornamentation

Magnificent Fantasy Creatures and How to Draw Them

by Kev Walker

Keywords: non-fiction, educational, creativity, drawing, creature design.
*Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 9th 2018
by Impact


This book has a lot of interesting creatures, our well-known dragons (different varieties), imp, vampire, etc. and some less known creatures like the Kropecharon. They are organized into 6 different habitats (night beasts, sea beasts, desert beasts, swamp beasts, forest beasts, snow and ice beasts).

Each creature is nicely explained as if they existed, with a lot of detail about their behavior and features. The descriptions are meant to activate your imagination and the images provided help increase your visual library so that you can more easily come up with credible poses, features and compositions. It also helps that there are tips for drawing with different media depending on the monster, in order to achieve a specific look or effect.

Definitely liked that it makes you analyze your subject and come up with your own version. I would recommend it if you want to learn monster character design with a basic, relaxed approach. If you aren’t interested in designing but rather want to learn how to draw and need step-by-step tutorials, this is not your book. I think teens and up can take good advantage of its content.

*I got my copy from the publisher, that doesn’t affect my review.

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About Alicia

I enjoy sharing my love for good books with other people. I wish you can find the type of books meant for you. Art is my passion. Both activities allow me to travel to imaginary places, learn, grow and share my journey with others. Feel free to join me, I love company.

4 comments

  1. Watercolor_my_life

    Ohhhh this book sounds like it’s right up my alley! I will check it out. Can’t wait to see all the magnificient beasts you will draw πŸ˜ŠπŸ¦„πŸ²

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  2. i’m not interested in the drawing aspect of fantasy creatures (well i was before going blind), but i believe this book would do wonders for fantasywriters.
    And yes, even if you do fail, you learn from your mistakes.

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  3. OMGosh – I LOVE your bookmark!! You are so creative and talented!!

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