Review: Drawing Dark Fantasy by Steve Beaumont

Drawing Dark Fantasy

Publisher: Dover Publications
Author: Steve Beaumont
Released: October 17th 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Drawing Dark Fantasy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Drawing Dark Fantasy is a fantastic sourcebook for any artist that wants to start drawing more fantastical creatures and elements. It covers everything from the basics to the more advanced points. While it all shows one artists’ style, it’s clear that the intent is to teach a new artist the foundations, so that they may go off and improve their own personal style.

The first half of the book is the most practical chunk of the guide, covering materials, figure drawing (something too frequently overlooked, if you ask me), perspective, lighting, and coloring. These guides alone make the book worth its weight in gold.

The second half of the book is split into eight different exercises. Here the artist, Steve Beaumont, covers different elements of fantasy, combining all the techniques taught earlier into large masterpieces. We get to see him go from concept art, to rough sketch, and so on, until the final piece is revealed. I think these are great instructions for showing how a piece of work is developed.

I adore Steve Beaumont’s style, and love his use of pencils and lines in particular. It was so much fun being able to see different pieces of work in all the stages of progress – that’s not something you get to see every day. I think this guide would be exceptionally useful to any budding artist out there, either as a drawing guide or a resource book.


About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try any 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. My other major passion is reading. My TBR pile is larger than I'll ever be able to read, and yet I can't resist adding to it on a nearly daily basis. I love to read science fiction & fantasy, graphic novels, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I have a couple of blogs, as you can see. One is primarily my photography, while the other are my book reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!
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