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I knew John Howe from the Tolkien, Robin Hobb, Guy Gavriel Kay and all manner of other cover illustrations and this was a chance to have some of his material in larger format to gaze at. I cannot draw, or, if you prefer, I know it would take painstaking time and effort for a rather mediocre result, so I really have no need for technical books and "the secrets of the craft".
Thankfully, nor does Mr I will readily confess I bought this book something like a decade ago, just for the pretty pictures. Thankfully, nor does Mr. Howe consider them very useful.
The book, in essence, is a look at his evolution, his thought process and yes, some tools and techniques and the way he thinks about fantasy, as a man working in fantasy illustration. As someone who is interested in all aspects of fantasy fiction, there is real appeal in reading the words of someone else, whose chosen profession is to bring this fiction to startling, colored life.
Thankfully, not even that was needed, as the audience covered all available time with any question I might have asked and so I was in the privileged position to witness how or whether Howe's views and perspective has changed over the last decade.
To boot, I had him sign it for me and now there's a story to go with it. It was worth it, ultimately. While I'm not the biggest fan of Howe's art, his thoughts on his craft are definitive and clear. I thoroughly enjoy seeing an artist's process. I was also thrilled to see this wasn't a run-of-the-mill "how to draw" book.
I do wish he touched more on his techniques, and as I said before, I'm not I was very conflicted in picking this up even after seeing it in countless "art book essentials " lists, but after spotting it at the local library I did what I knew I had to.
I do wish he touched more on his techniques, and as I said before, I'm not a huge fan of his art.
Frazetta is more my fantasy style. If you're looking at an example of an old-fashioned traditional fantasy artist is doing in the age of digital art, this is the book for you. If you're looking for how to construct elves and dwarves from lead, here be dragons.
If you're wanting a book that tells your what lines to make where to draw such-and-such, then this is not the book you're looking for. John Howe doesn't tell you how to draw. He more teaches you how to approach drawing, how to craft ideas, use references to guide elements of your work, but not how to draw it.
He understands that art is a very personal activity and that what works for one person, does not work for another and that exact instructions can This is not your typical 'how-to' art book. He understands that art is a very personal activity and that what works for one person, does not work for another and that exact instructions can limit imagination and originality.
I loved this, it wasn't at all what I expected it to be and that pleasantly surprised me. There are some stuff from his work that I am going to try out, you know, like how artists copy a Master's work to learn the technique.
I can visuallize well what he is driving at He's pretty funny at times, like how he organizes his 'stuff' in dwares labeled Rocks, rocks, and more I highly reccomend this to artists and those who love the LOTR movies and The Hobbit, cause this guy was the key Conceptual designer of all that. He's pretty funny at times, like how he organizes his 'stuff' in dwares labeled Rocks, rocks, and more rocks.
Artists collect a lot of stuff.
I have a plastic skull right next to my stack of Christan romance novels. Anyway, I'm going to sketch out some of his stuff and learn from this Master that I admire so much.John Steinbeck, born in Salinas, California, in , grew up in a fertile agricultural valley, about twenty-five miles from the Pacific kaja-net.com the valley and the coast would serve as settings for some of his best fiction.
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Menu. Primary menu. About/Contact; Suggest a Site; Search this Site w/Google; I enjoy John Howe almost equally for his writing/thoughts and his . Fantasy artist John Howe is best known for his illustrations of J.
R. R. Tolkien’s works, creating illustrations for editions of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit and related calendars in the early 90’s. Peter Jackson tapped him, along with Alan Lee, to .
John Howe Fantasy Art Workshop, his first practical art book, is designed to guide aspiring artists through the development of their craft.
With step-by-step demonstrations, sketches, and other artwork, Howe teaches readers to draw arresting fantasy creatures and establish convincing atmosphere and setting.5/5(2). Socialism And America [Irving Howe] on kaja-net.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
In six thoughtful, engagingly written essays, Howe surveys a movement he has known firsthand since the s and reflects on its future. Howe is a marvelously thorough and .