Friday, 26 March 2010

Search Press Blog

Firstly, congratulations to Search Press who have been awarded the Neilson Innovation of the Year Award for the Ready to Paint series - a fantastic achievement for Search Press!

One of their titles, How to Draw and Paint Dragons by Tom Kidd, is included in the current cycle of Exclusively Independent. As you can see from the image, the book is packed with striking pictures, the perfect gift for a creative friend!

From conception to finished picture, this book provides a comprehensive approach to the art of drawing and illustrating the dragon and its environment.

Here are some recent reviews for the title:

Enter a land of fantasy with Tom Kidd's wonderful drawings. Learn to draw all the details of a dragon from the eyes to the skin, from movement to anatomy. Detailed, magical and fascinating, this is a world in which you can let your imagination run riot. All the information you need plus some dragon templates to start you off. -

How to Draw and Paint Dragons by Tom Kidd, is much more than one of those children's 'how to draw' books. I was expecting a sort of; draw an oval, a smaller oval and three triangles kind of affair but this isn't a children's book. Anyone who has even a vague interest in fantasy and dragons would, I'm sure, enjoy the book simply for the amazing examples of artists work and the almost encyclopaedic information about dragons. The author encourages the reader to build up a repertoire of studies of natural landscapes and observed animal and bird drawings and photos which might inform a fantastical dragon picture. There is huge detail about building up texture, the fall of light and compositional tricks to give perspective or dynamism. Honestly the chapters read like my 'A' level art syllabus but all with reference to dragons. There are line drawings at the back of the book which can be scanned or traced for the reader to practice their skills and would mean that even if a reader was young and perhaps unable to complete some of the more demanding artistic exercises they could still enjoy colouring in and placing their own dragons in a landscape of their own imagining. -

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