Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sneak Peeks at my Upcoming Book: Winged Fantasy!

Though I've been a bit quiet here on Featherseeds, I've announced my upcoming book on my other art sites.  My first art instruction book, titled Winged Fantasy: Draw and Paint Magical and Mythical Creatures from IMPACT Books, will be available in bookstores, art stores and craft stores nationwide in July, as well as for order online.

My book features 144 pages full of color and black and white illustrations, as well as step-by-step instruction on how to paint winged fantasy creatures such as dragons, gryphons, pegasi, and other unusual winged beasts!  Here are a few sample pages to give you an idea of what's inside:

I wrote this book for all artists, from beginners to intermediate and beyond.  Often I'm asked for tips on how to paint feathers, and this book is chock full of that, as well as avian and bat (dragon/wyvern) wing anatomy.

Birds birds birds!

Though there are plenty of avians in this book, there's only one 'bird' chapter - I have entire chapters reserved for dragons, equines, and other winged animals.  I also put in a few 'easter eggs' in this book.  The gray cat in the illustration above, for example, was designed after my wonderful kitty named "Stolen Cat", who sadly passed away in October of 2013.

Winged Fantasy doesn't just focus on the typical design of standard creatures.  Inside you will find zebra pegasi, songbird phoenixes, and alligator-inspired dragons.  I explain how to create your own strange and wonderful creatures, while giving tips and tricks on how to use watercolor.

Any questions?  Comments?  Let me know!  There will also be bonus content online, including an extra step-by-step and possibly a video tutorial.