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How to Draw and Paint Fantasy Architecture

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  185 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Advice and instruction from a leading fantasy illustrator guides art students who intend to pursue careers illustrating computer games, children's books, graphic novels, and other related media. This book's opening chapter analyzes traditional architectural shapes that include arches, columns, towers, vaults, and buttresses. Chapters that follow apply principles of lightin ...more
Paperback, 127 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by B.E.S. Publishing
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Aug 24, 2012 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed reading the beginning portion of this book, although it is a pretty dry read if that is all you are doing. Alexander explores quite a bit in different architectural styles as well as different textures to paint.

However, I found myself really wanting more from this book than I got. I was honestly hoping it would give a more in depth coverage to how to paint different textures instead of generalizing and just assuming that the reader already knows how to paint basic architecture.

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Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it
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This book has really cool artwork and it’s by far so much better than my history of architecture books from university 😂 because it describes each architectural style through history in a very synthesized, practical, graphic way that is very easy to learn and remember. I wouldn’t consider it a good guide to learn how to draw and paint fantasy architecture though. It is a very good reference of architecture and also a good source of inspiration, but if you are looking for a drawing course, better ...more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love the beautiful artwork in this book. I think this book will help writers get some inspiration. I also recommend this book for beginner artists who are exploring layouts and in need of fantasy references as the title suggests.

Many people have said that the author uses both traditional and digital painting. So if there are people who are looking for just one way then you might find the book lacking.

Artist can still use this book as a reference and artist who are writers can use this for ins
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: a-english
The title accurately describes the contents. Mostly well-presented, clear and full of good ideas. It could have benefited from some copy-editing.

The illustrations aren't as high-quality as you would expect from a modern 'how-to' book even though it is printed on good paper.

It is not made completely clear which medium was used for the author's paintings (that serve as illustrations). The implication is that he used real oils, and he certainly discusses letting the paint dry etc, but if you look
Judy Dawn
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book looking for inspiration for my Fantasy writing. I like how the cover looked too.
Inside are some additional pictures and the author describes the thought process which helped me to create my fantasy stories. Sometimes I use a picture for a writing prompt and there are many renderings that make my imagination sing.
I recommend this book for artists (which I am too) and writers looking for daydreaming material.
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love to draw different forms of architecture and the information provided in this book was fun to read and experiment with. It is not an all inclusive drawing book but for those that draw on a regular basis it is a good book. I kinda wished that I would have gotten the paper book instead of the ebook. It would have been nicer to see the drawings in that format but I managed to get full enjoyment out of it regardless.
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm really glad I picked up this book. I work in the architecture field, but it was very refreshing to look at things from this point of view. It's easy to get caught up in minutia doing the work of creating buildings and easier yet to miss certain esthtetic points.

This is a good book for beginners. I like the examples and the full color break downs of various pieces. Well worth the cover price.
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Will probably buy this; there's a great, nebulous-looking sci-fi image exercise in here I really want to try painting. Sometimes I find the sci-fi images in what are supposed to be fantasy-art books more interesting than the ones in sci-fi-only books.
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Initial reaction: Gorgeous pictures.
Barbara Roma
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent source to research all kind of architectures!
Plus, a quick explanation about drawing foundations.
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