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 (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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