You’ll love this if:
- You are looking for lessons on creating phoenixes, gryphons, and dragons into your artwork
- You are interested in mythology, folklore and fantasy fiction
Pick up your brush and let your imagination take flight with Winged Fantasy! Whether it’s in a forest, an underwater scene, or the ruins of ancient city, you learn how to bring these creatures and their environment to life.
Start your exploration of winged fantasy creatures with finding the right materials for painting your watercolor world of wonder. Explore the characteristics of ink, pencil and colored pencil and how to add details in your artwork. Learn the anatomy of bats, birds, and insect wings with a study on their structure and movement. Master techniques for creating everything from horns and fur, to scales and tails. With these simple instructions you will be creating the mythical creatures of your dreams.
Inside you will find:
- More than 30 step-by-step demonstrations and beautiful full-color examples
- Instructions for drawing equine forms, felines, dragons, gryphons, hippogryphs and more
About the Author
Brenda Lyons has been drawn to winged creatures, particularly birds, since she was a young child. She remembers the first time she found a heavy book full of John James Audubon’s paintings in the library and how she was drawn in by the dynamic poses and personalities his birds seemed to have. The ink drawings of Peter Parnall’s raptors fueled her inspiration as well. Her art gradually shifted to the world of fantasy and myth, creating naturalistic wildlife illustrations, but with a touch of the otherworldly.
She graduated in 2007 from Rocky Mountain College with a degree in studio art, and from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009 with a master’s of fine art in illustration, and studied for a semester in Galway, Ireland. Though she currently resides in her home state of Connecticut, she loves to travel around the country for conventions and art shows. When not painting, she volunteers at Horizon Wings in Connecticut, where she helps with educational programs and rehabilitation of sick and injured raptors. She also competes in archery at a local level.
Aside from watercolor, Brenda also uses acrylic, ink and graphite, and creates fantasy and nature-based masks and jewelry from leather.
Chapter One Materials and Techniques
Chapter Two Drawing Wings
Chapter Three Dragons of the World: From Sea to Mountain to Forest
Chapter Four Equines Hooves of the Sky
Chapter Five Winged Animals
Chapter Six Feathered Fantasy: Phoenixes, Gryphons, Hippogryphs and Otherworldy Birds
About the Author