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Best Fantasy Art Books You Must Read

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Fantasy Art books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. Masters and Legends of Fantasy Art, 2nd Expanded Edition: Techniques for Drawing, Painting & Digital Art from Fantasy Legends (Fox Chapel Publishing) Dozens of In-Depth Interviews & Workshops (2018)

 Best Fantasy Art Books You Must ReadUncover the secrets of the fantasy art masters! Masters and Legends of Fantasy Art, 2nd Expanded Edition is the ultimate guide to fantasy, sci-fi, and comic art techniques, advice, and theory. Packed with in-depth interviews and amazing workshops from the biggest names in the genre, you’ll learn everything you need to know to paint like these fantasy art masters, with advice from legendary talents like Frank Frazetta, H.R. Giger, Syd Mead, Boris Vallejo, and more. Discover how to create classic fantasy, imaginative sci-fi, and comic art, with advice on how to tell visual stories, make inspired illustrations, and create…
Author(s): Editors of ImagineFX Magazine

2. The Compendium of Fantasy Art Techniques: The Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Fantasy Worlds, Mystical Characters, and the Creatures of Your Own Worst Nightmares (2014)

 Best Fantasy Art Books You Must ReadArtists interested in graphic novels, comic book illustration, or computer game graphics will find a veritable course load of instruction in this mega-fantasy art manual. Combining the best of three of Barrons top fantasy art titles, The Compendium of Fantasy Art Techniques presents easy-to follow instructions and step-by-step illustrations that will teach readers the essential techniques for creating the fantasy world of their dreams. Included is content from: Along with a review of essential tools and techniques, tips for developing ideas, and gallery after gallery of more than…
Author(s): Rob Alexander, Finlay Cowan, et al.

3. How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps: Step by Step Cartography for Gamers and Fans (2015)

 Best Fantasy Art Books You Must ReadThe power of creation is at your fingertips!Orcs prepare for battle against high Elves, Dwarves retreat to the mountains and men march to the sea to reclaim crumbling fortresses. Fortunes are decided. Kingdoms are lost. Entire worlds are created. This book will teach you to bring your fictional realm to life with simple step-by-step instructions on how to draw authentic fantasy maps. Set the stage for adventure by illustrating domains, castles and battle lines, mountains, forests and sea monsters! Learn to create completely unique and fully functional RPG maps time and time…
Author(s): Jared Blando

4. Fantasy Art Drawing Skills: All the Art Techniques, Demonstrations, and Short Cuts You Need to Master Fantasy Art (2012)

 Best Fantasy Art Books You Must ReadThis self-teaching course instructs beginning and intermediate artists in methods for creating fantasy characters of all kinds, from the classic fairy princess, to witches, wizards, monsters, and aliens from outer space. As important as the fantasy characters themselves are the worlds where they live, whether on space stations, in enchanted forests, dream castles, or on alien planets. This book opens with advice on tools, materials, and media, and then presents practical lessons in basic draftsmanship. Detailed instruction covers lighting and shadows,…
Author(s): Socar Myles

5. Fantasy (Harlequin Temptation Blaze #675) (1998)

 Best Fantasy Art Books You Must ReadPaperback Publisher: Harlequin (1998) ASIN: B002AAZGIE Package Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies) Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,344,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #258644 in Contemporary Romance (Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): Lori Foster

6. How to Draw and Paint Fantasy Architecture: From Ancient Citadels and Gothic Castles to Subterranean Palaces and Floating Fortresses (2010)

 Best Fantasy Art Books You Must ReadAdvice and instruction from a leading fantasy illustrator guides art students who intend to pursue careers illustrating computer games, children’s books, graphic novels, and other related media. This book’s opening chapter analyzes traditional architectural shapes that include arches, columns, towers, vaults, and buttresses. Chapters that follow apply principles of lighting, shadow, and perspective to the architectural forms, and discuss ways of creating surface textures and adding dramatic atmosphere to illustrations. Readers are then guided through a series of…
Author(s): Rob Alexander

7. Fantasy World-Building: A Guide to Developing Mythic Worlds and Legendary Creatures (Dover Art Instruction) (2019)

 Best Fantasy Art Books You Must ReadWhen artists and designers explore or create a fictional setting, the milieu must be completely fleshed out, explained, and designed. In this book, comic and gaming art veteran Mark A. Nelson explores and demonstrates his methods for fashioning visually stunning, believable environments for fantasy creatures and characters. Scores of images and step-by-step examples illustrate how variation and experimentation lead to fresh, original designs for otherworldly beings, their environments, and their stories. Nelson discusses how to find ideas and borrow from history to add…
Author(s): Mark Nelson

8. The Princess and the Frog Read-Along Storybook and CD (2010)

 Best Fantasy Art Books You Must ReadSet in Jazz Age New Orleans, The Princess and the Frog introduces Tiana, a young African-American girl who dreams of owning her own restaurant. Just in time for Christmas, Walt Disney Animation Studio’s newest release is an unforgettable tale of love and enchantment, filled with amazing new songs and plenty of Cajun charm. Readers can relive the magic of the movie again and again with this 32-page storybook and CD package–a great value!…
Author(s): Disney Book Group, Disney Storybook Art Team

9. The Seven Towers (Firebird Fantasy) (2009)

 Best Fantasy Art Books You Must ReadThey are seven players in a game of deadly magic? Eltiron, Prince of Sevarin; Crystalorn, Princess of Barinash; Ranlyn, the desert rider; Jermain, the outlaw; Vandaris, the soldier; Carachel, the Wizard-King; and Amberglas, the sorceress. Each of them has a secret, and each fights his or her part in the thrilling battle that has put seven kingdoms on the very edge of destruction. Filled with wit, swordplay, humor, and intrigue, this early novel is one of Patricia C. Wrede?s best….
Author(s): Patricia Wrede

10. Spectrum 25: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art (2018)

 Best Fantasy Art Books You Must ReadThe best-selling Spectrum series―often imitated but never equaled―continues with this lavishly produced 25th annual. Spectrum is the premier showcase for imaginative fantastic arts in the book, comic, film, horror, illustration, sculpture, conceptual art, fine art and video-game genres. With exceptional images by extraordinary creators, this elegant, full-color collection showcases an international cadre of creators working in every style and medium―both traditional and digital. This volume features nearly 500 works by more than 275 diverse visionaries,…
Author(s): John Fleskes

11. The lost art of how to draw fantasy females (2012)

 Best Fantasy Art Books You Must ReadA step by step, fun and easy, informal guide to drawing the fantasy female figure, for the beginner .The author has put forth a simplified presentation of an uncomplicated approach to drawing the female fantasy form . It is filled with lots of easy to follow diagrams and drawings . It also includes advice , practical tips and instruction on how to draw the fantasy female , using a basic three step method . This book shows you how to develop your own technique and personal creative style of drawing ….
Author(s): Frank Granados

Best Fantasy Art Books You Must Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some fantasy art books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Draw Like an Artist: 100 Fantasy Creatures and Characters

Author(s): Metheney, Brynn;
ID: 2829611, Publisher: Quarto Publishing Group USA, Year: 2020, Size: 20 Mb, Format: epub

Draw Like an Artist: 100 Fantasy Creatures and Characters: Step-by-Step Realistic Line Drawing

Author(s): Brynn Metheney
ID: 2831180, Publisher: Quarry Books, Year: 2020, Size: 21 Mb, Format: pdf

Dungeon Fantasy Treasures 3: Artifacts of Felltower

Author(s): Peter V Dell'Orto, Nikola Vrtis
ID: 2640142, Publisher: Steve Jackson Games, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are truly best-sellers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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