Discover the creative processes and intriguing inspirations
behind the work of leading fantasy artist John Howe, in his first-ever
practical art book.
`Here's how I do it, and why': this is the premise behind
John Howe's practical exploration of his artistic inspirations, approaches and
techniques. This book will appeal to practical artists and fans of John Howe's
work by leading you step-by-step through a range of specially commissioned demonstrations,
sketches and outstanding finished paintings, some designed specifically for
this book, that reveal John's renowned artistic approach in action, plus the
techniques and stories behind each.
It covers a wide range of subjects essential to any aspiring
fantasy artist, beginning with the creative process, exploring where
inspiration comes from, looking at narratives and themes, gathering and using
reference materials, organizing your working environment, and protecting and
storing your artwork.
The second chapter focuses on Materials and Techniques,
looking at the materials and techniques John Howe uses, in the hope that this
will help you find your own that work for you. Howe covers sketches and
sketchbooks, drawing materials, paint and ink, with tips for drawing when out
In the third part of the book, Howe explores drawing and
painting fantasy beings from initial inspiration and approaches to characters,
symbolism and accouterments. He begins by showing how to create different types
of fantasy human beings: male and female archetypes, humans in action, armour
and weapons, faces, expressions and hands, hair and costumes, and goes on to
explain how to create different types of fantasy beasts: talons, wings, fangs
and fire, and noble animals, interspersed throughout with exciting case studies
from Cernunnos to Beowulf and the dragon.
Chapter four explores landscapes and architecture from the
four elements; earth air, fire and water to creating fantasy buildings and
balancing light and dark atmospheres, also interspersed with case studies,
The final section of the book provides further inspiration
and guidance on presenting work in various forms, including film work, book
covers and advertising, all areas John Howe has vast experience in.
The foreword is written by groundbreaking film director
Terry Gilliam, with an Afterword by Alan Lee, the Oscar winning world-class
John Howe Fantasy Art
Workshop is an incredibly inspiring book for all fantasy artists.
`You feel like you're sitting watching
Howe at work in his studio. His approach is impressive and inspirational.'
`A masterclass in fantasy art, packed with information, and written in a
friendly, accessible style.' --Death Rayshow more