Magnificent Fantasy Creatures and How to Draw Them, Kev Walker – Book Review

Hello Humans! Bit of a curveball to close out November’s reviews. Those who know me personally will know that I’m not the most artistically inclined human being, so I thought it would be interesting to take a look at a book that promised to teach me how to draw some of the fantasy creatures with which I am obsessed. I have never reviewed a book like this in the past and I’m not sure how to approach it, so forgive me if this comes out a little waffley.

Magnificent Fantasy creatures and how to Draw them

Goodreads Summary:

Discover how to draw 30 fantastical beasts from folklore, literature and the farthest reaches of your imagination in this how-to-draw guide. As you explore each magnificent creature you’ll not only discover a detailed finished illustration along with exciting ideas, hints and practical lessons for how to recreate it. Blank practice pages built into the book ensure you have plenty of space for practicing techniques like adding movement and texture to your beasts of lore.

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I think this book would be a really great addition to the collection of someone who already has some artistic ability. I found a lot of the information pages really interesting, the facts about the potential anatomy of these fantasy creatures as well as their origins, habitats and more were very interesting and would certainly be helpful to someone wanting to populate their fantasy world.

But for me, I didn’t think there was enough time given over to the actual process of drawing such a creature. It felt a bit like ‘draw an s shape, add details, now you have a wyvern’. I’m not saying that wouldn’t be helpful to anyone, it just didn’t feel like something I was confident in using.

If you were able to use this book and the steps it suggests then it would certainly equip you to draw a large number of fantasy beasts in what I would describe as quite a classical style (no cute cartoon dragons here).

I’m not really sure what else there is to say, I’d love to know if any of the people who have read and reviewed this book are artists and whether it’s too much or too little information!

My rating: 3/5 (because I’m honestly not sure what else to do here?)

I received a digital advanced review copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

What say you? Is this something you’d be interested in? Let me know in the comments below!


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