How to Draw Grimm's Dark Tales, Fables & Folklore

Unlock the Mysteries of Drawing and Painting the Dark Characters of Fables, Legends, and Lore

By Merrie DeStefano; Rachel A. Marks (Illustrator)
(Walter Foster Publishing, Paperback, 9781600583650, 128pp.)

Publication Date: September 2013

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Description
Dark fairy tales and legends have been passed down orally from generation to generation for centuries. Today, these tales have penetrated every aspect of pop culture and media--from cinema and TV shows to books and theatre. While fairy tales have often been sanitized and tweaked for children, their true origins are dark, edgy, grisly, and often full of malevolence. "How to Draw Grimm's Dark Tales, Fables & Folklore" guides artists through the process of drawing, painting, and digitally illustrating the dark and mysterious characters of legend and lore--good and bad. Beginning with information on the necessary tools and materials, artists will learn basic drawing concepts and techniques for achieving proper proportion and perspective, shading, creating volume, and rendering such textures as skin, hair, fur, and fabric. A variety of step-by-step projects provide clear, easy-to-understand instructions for drawing well-recognized characters, including the Big Bad Wolf, a wily Rumpelstiltskin, a gothic Snow White, a sinister witch, and many more. Along the way, art tips and techniques provide insight and inspiration to enhance the learning process. Throughout the book, informative sidebars and introductions reveal the history of each character, as well as the origin of their grim tales, symbolism, and variations in their stories. "How""to Draw Grimm's Dark Tales, Fables & Folklore" is full of creative resources and encouragement for beginning and intermediate artists alike. With its varied cast of characters, comprehensive instruction, and fascinating peek into the tales themselves, this book is sure to kindle artistic imagination.



About the Author
Merrie Destefano left a 9-to-5 desk job as a magazine editor to become a full-time novelist and freelance editor. With twenty years' experience in publishing, her background includes editor of Victorian Homes magazine and founding editor of Cottages & Bungalows magazine. She lives in Southern California with her husband, their two German shepherds, and a Siamese cat.

Rachel A. Marks is an award-winning writer, a professional artist, and a cancer survivor. She is the author of the novella Winter Rose, and her art can be found on the covers of several New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels. She lives in Southern California with her husband, four kids, and six rabbits. For more information, please visit www.RachelAnneMarks.com.
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