Art of Drawing Fantasy Characters
By Jacob Glaser
(Walter Foster Publishing, Paperback, 9781600581663, 144pp.)
Publication Date: December 2009
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Enter the fantastic imagination of artist Jacob Glaser as you learn how to draw everything from an alien lord and a werewolf to a jester and a black knight. In this 144-page book, you'll learn how to draw fantasy characters that you didn't even know existed--except in the far-reaching corners of your mind. After being introduced to the basic tools and techniques of pencil drawing, you'll discover 60 easy-to-follow, step-by-step demonstrations, including a robot attack pod, Frankenstein, a vampire bat, an evil sorcerer, a barbarian warrior, and a damsel in distress. Many projects include a digitally colored final and color palettes so you can see just one of the many ways you can bring your characters to live in vivid color.
Jacob Glaser is a professional illustrator who lives in Long Beach, CA. After earning his BFA in illustration, he worked at several companies as a staff artist and art director before becoming a full-time freelance illustrator. Jacob believes in aliens, ghosts, and all sorts of magical nonsense—possibly because he played Dungeons and Dragons too often in high school.
Glaser, Jacob. The Art of Drawing Fantasy Characters: Discover Step-by-Step Techniques for Drawing Aliens, Vampires, Adventure Heroes, and More. Walter Foster, dist. by Quayside. 2010. 144p. illus. ISBN 978-1-60058-166-3. pap. $19.95. ART INSTRUCTION
The popularity of the film Avatar has increased interest in fantasy, a perennially appealing genre. Using traditional drawing methods, Glaser, a freelance illustrator, showcases his process of drawing characters and props for science fiction, horror, and adventure stories. He encourages the study of human anatomy as a basis for drawing androids, alien beasts, zombies, and barbarian warriors. This is a good beginners' book, but it is not nearly as detailed as John Howe's Fantasy Art Workshop. — Library Journal, July 2010