Review: The Creature Garden: An Illustrator’s Guide to Beautiful Beasts and Fictional Fauna

The Creature Garden

Publisher: Rock Point
Authors/Artists: Zanna Goldhawk, Harry Goldhawk
Release: May 29th 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitty rating

I received a copy of The Creature Garden from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

If you’ve ever found yourself in need of a comprehensive guide to drawing critters and fauna, then I strongly suggest you pick up a copy of The Creature Garden. Zanna and Harry Goldhawk are so thorough about a number of different elements in drawing, it’s actually quite impressive. Even if you aren’t looking for a guide, and say would like to simply look through a book with stunning drawings, then this would be fun for you.

Not only does this book include step by step guides for how to draw and color multiple animals (and fauna), but it also includes a lot of fun and helpful tips. For example, I was blown away with one of the earlier pages that compared the results of using different mediums on the same image. I’ve never seen an art guide that actually covered this (typically we see the preferred medium of the artist), and the amount of variety included was mind boggling.

I am thoroughly impressed by the level of detail and work included in The Creature Garden, and while I haven’t seen anything else by Zanna and Harry Goldhawk you can bet I’ll be keeping my eyes open for more of their work (actually, I’m going to go do some research on them once I finish writing this review – I’m too curious about their work not to!).




About Liz

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try and artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. The facts: My favorite color is constantly changing, so don’t worry about trying to keep up with that! I’m in my 20’s, married, and looking to find the perfect job for me (ideally something that can involve my creativity or my love of animals). I have 6 cats (If we’re being technical, I have 2 cats and my parents have 4), a bearded dragon, a parakeet, and two betas. I adore all of them, and they frequently are my photography models. My blog will primarily be consisting of my 365 (366) photography project, updated daily (hopefully). I’m also working on a 52 weeks project, where I try a new type of photography style or technique each week. That will be updated as the photos are processed.
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