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Here?s how I do it, and why?: this is the premise behind John Howe?s very first practical exploration of his artistic inspirations, approaches and techniques. Perfect for practical artists and fans of John Howe?s work, this book provides step-by- step demonstrations, sketches and outstanding finished paintings, some of which were designed specifically for this book. The bo Here?s how I do it, and why?: this is the premise behind John Howe?s very first practical exploration of his artistic inspirations, approaches and techniques. Perfect for practical artists and fans of John Howe?s work, this book provides step-by- step demonstrations, sketches and outstanding finished paintings, some of which were designed specifically for this book. The book covers a wide range of subjects essential to any aspiring fantasy artist, including materials and the creative process, as well as drawing and painting humans, beasts, landscapes and architecture. Readers will also find further inspiration and guidance on presenting work in various forms including film work, book covers and advertising.


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Here?s how I do it, and why?: this is the premise behind John Howe?s very first practical exploration of his artistic inspirations, approaches and techniques. Perfect for practical artists and fans of John Howe?s work, this book provides step-by- step demonstrations, sketches and outstanding finished paintings, some of which were designed specifically for this book. The bo Here?s how I do it, and why?: this is the premise behind John Howe?s very first practical exploration of his artistic inspirations, approaches and techniques. Perfect for practical artists and fans of John Howe?s work, this book provides step-by- step demonstrations, sketches and outstanding finished paintings, some of which were designed specifically for this book. The book covers a wide range of subjects essential to any aspiring fantasy artist, including materials and the creative process, as well as drawing and painting humans, beasts, landscapes and architecture. Readers will also find further inspiration and guidance on presenting work in various forms including film work, book covers and advertising.

30 review for John Howe Fantasy Art Workshop

  1. 4 out of 5

    Parka

    (More pictures at parkablogs.com) John Howe best known for his work based on J. R. R. Tolkien's worlds. He's also one of the chief designers for Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. This book is a collection of tips and insights on creating fantasy art, with material covering the course of his career. There are no step-by-step tutorials so you won't see how he actually paints. That's the only thing lacking in this book that would make it perfect. Instead, each chapter is filled (More pictures at parkablogs.com) John Howe best known for his work based on J. R. R. Tolkien's worlds. He's also one of the chief designers for Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. This book is a collection of tips and insights on creating fantasy art, with material covering the course of his career. There are no step-by-step tutorials so you won't see how he actually paints. That's the only thing lacking in this book that would make it perfect. Instead, each chapter is filled with his past work and sketches with commentary on how they were created. The lessons are mainly on a conceptual level rather than at a technical level, like mixing colours or how to draw. He talks about his inspiration, research process, working style and includes lots of information on things to look out for when painting certain subjects, like characters, scenery, armour, etc. Towards the back, he shares some career related tips on how to tackle commissions, promoting yourself, and working on set design for the big screen. This should be an inspiring book for fantasy artist.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ανδρέας Μιχαηλίδης

    I will readily confess I bought this book something like a decade ago, just for the pretty pictures. I knew John Howe from the Tolkien, Robin Hobb, Guy Gavriel Kay and all manner of other cover illustrations and this was a chance to have some of his material in larger format to gaze at. I cannot draw, or, if you prefer, I know it would take painstaking time and effort for a rather mediocre result, so I really have no need for technical books and "the secrets of the craft". Thankfully, nor does Mr I will readily confess I bought this book something like a decade ago, just for the pretty pictures. I knew John Howe from the Tolkien, Robin Hobb, Guy Gavriel Kay and all manner of other cover illustrations and this was a chance to have some of his material in larger format to gaze at. I cannot draw, or, if you prefer, I know it would take painstaking time and effort for a rather mediocre result, so I really have no need for technical books and "the secrets of the craft". Thankfully, nor does Mr. Howe consider them very useful. The book, in essence, is a look at his evolution, his thought process (and yes, some tools and techniques) and the way he thinks about fantasy, as a man working in fantasy illustration. As someone who is interested in all aspects of fantasy fiction, there is real appeal in reading the words of someone else, whose chosen profession is to bring this fiction to startling, colored life. My incentive to actually read it, though, was coordinating a Q&A panel WITH John Howe at the 2017 Athens Con and so I wanted some insight to make the discussion progress smoothly. Thankfully, not even that was needed, as the audience covered all available time with any question I might have asked and so I was in the privileged position to witness how (or whether) Howe's views and perspective has changed over the last decade. To boot, I had him sign it for me and now there's a story to go with it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is not your typical 'how-to' art book. If you're wanting a book that tells your what lines to make where to draw such-and-such, then this is not the book you're looking for. John Howe doesn't tell you how to draw. He more teaches you how to approach drawing, how to craft ideas, use references to guide elements of your work, but not how to draw it. He understands that art is a very personal activity and that what works for one person, does not work for another and that exact instructions can This is not your typical 'how-to' art book. If you're wanting a book that tells your what lines to make where to draw such-and-such, then this is not the book you're looking for. John Howe doesn't tell you how to draw. He more teaches you how to approach drawing, how to craft ideas, use references to guide elements of your work, but not how to draw it. He understands that art is a very personal activity and that what works for one person, does not work for another and that exact instructions can limit imagination and originality. I loved this, it wasn't at all what I expected it to be and that pleasantly surprised me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jorge Rodighiero

    I love John Howe's art; if this book would have been titled -and marketed- as a collection of some of his work, I would have rated it with more stars. However, as a fantasy art workshop it fails to deliver. There are no tutorials or tips (besides the pencil you should sketch with: 4B). It is wonderful to read about his inspiration and thought process, but there is not enough information at all to transform this book into a workshop.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Misaki Lenomi

    My childhood and my desire for the Middle Earth - LOTR lore lead me to these people, Alan Lee and John Howe whose design and sketch for the trilogy LOTR (and The Hobbit too). John Howe - the illustrator. This book is a combine of masterpieces.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dora Yang

    To be fair I only looked at the pictures

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anne-Marie Noble

    I just got this on discount. It'll be a great reference on my fantasy drawings! I really like some of the paintings in it and the introduction to fantasy art and traditional techniques as a whole!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie Akeman

    I highly reccomend this to artists and those who love the LOTR movies and The Hobbit, cause this guy was the key Conceptual designer of all that. There are some stuff from his work that I am going to try out, you know, like how artists copy a Master's work to learn the technique. I can visuallize well what he is driving at...watercolor washes for the backgrounds and using gouche for the layers. He's pretty funny at times, like how he organizes his 'stuff' in dwares labeled Rocks, rocks, and more I highly reccomend this to artists and those who love the LOTR movies and The Hobbit, cause this guy was the key Conceptual designer of all that. There are some stuff from his work that I am going to try out, you know, like how artists copy a Master's work to learn the technique. I can visuallize well what he is driving at...watercolor washes for the backgrounds and using gouche for the layers. He's pretty funny at times, like how he organizes his 'stuff' in dwares labeled Rocks, rocks, and more rocks. Artists collect a lot of stuff. I have a plastic skull right next to my stack of Christan romance novels. Anyway, I'm going to sketch out some of his stuff and learn from this Master that I admire so much.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Cardin

    I have my mother to thank for giving me this book for Christmas a few years back. It is not a how to book so much as it is an inspirational book. John Howe goes over how he does things, his studio setup, and his tools, but you won't find out how to use them here. What you will learn is one very good artist's techniques for finding the elusive fantasy setting in real places. You will learn his inspirations for the marvelous pieces he describes. I found it particularly interesting to see how he has I have my mother to thank for giving me this book for Christmas a few years back. It is not a how to book so much as it is an inspirational book. John Howe goes over how he does things, his studio setup, and his tools, but you won't find out how to use them here. What you will learn is one very good artist's techniques for finding the elusive fantasy setting in real places. You will learn his inspirations for the marvelous pieces he describes. I found it particularly interesting to see how he has integrated the sketchbook, the canvas, and the computer screen equally in the creation of his art. I also love the materials he has on hand to draw from, the crows feet, armor pieces, and his own extensive photo catalogue. None of this is impossible to attain for any artist. This book is on my shelf at work. Every page has something inspirational to the fantasy artist or to any artist.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    This is not a workbook as the title perhaps suggests but is, instead, a thorough insight into John Howe's personal working process and approach to commercial commissions in his own words. Valuable techniques and work methods are also revealed by the artist, the most valuable of these being amazing case studies showing several paintings in the progression from rough sketch to finished piece with multiple work in progress photographs. Any admirer of John Howe's work will also be thrilled by the sh This is not a workbook as the title perhaps suggests but is, instead, a thorough insight into John Howe's personal working process and approach to commercial commissions in his own words. Valuable techniques and work methods are also revealed by the artist, the most valuable of these being amazing case studies showing several paintings in the progression from rough sketch to finished piece with multiple work in progress photographs. Any admirer of John Howe's work will also be thrilled by the sheer number of illustrations included in this publication. Every page is rich with inspiring imagery. I found this to be a very genuine and carefully considered book and would recommend it to any artist interested in realism, not just fantasy art, especially those who wish to turn art into a career.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    Currently re-reading the original English edition. Those reading this review should note that I am reviewing a Chinese edition of the book - I will not claim to have fully understood the translated text. Mr. Howe provides lots of his artworks and insights into his working method. This is not a typical step-by-step tutorial-style book; it's more of a "read and learn how I work" book, which provides tips for higher-level artists wanting to learn how to improve their work. There are not many drawing Currently re-reading the original English edition. Those reading this review should note that I am reviewing a Chinese edition of the book - I will not claim to have fully understood the translated text. Mr. Howe provides lots of his artworks and insights into his working method. This is not a typical step-by-step tutorial-style book; it's more of a "read and learn how I work" book, which provides tips for higher-level artists wanting to learn how to improve their work. There are not many drawing tips, but many on ideas and conceptualization.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Darren

    I feel weird giving this a low rating, because the paintings are so beautiful. Had this just been a gallery of Howe's work, and marketed as such, I would probably give it five stars. But as an instructional, it fails. Even as anecdotes of his own process, it doesn't really get into enough depth to be interesting. It's telling that I have this book within arms length of my computer desk, and yet I never take it down, even to browse through.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kelley Pounds

    Great information on inspiration, ideas and technique, but what I really appreciated was learning how this professional went about organizing his reference materials. The book includes sections on movie set design, book illustration, portfolio presentation, etc. Seemed to be a well rounded look at how to improve your art while also focusing on career possibilities in the field of fantasy art.

  14. 4 out of 5

    C

    John Howe is amazing and I love his unique perspective on fantasy classics such as elves, dragons and so forth. For me this is a book to study and delve into detail - an educational tool for artists digital and "manual" alike. For those who simply appreciate fantasy and fantasy art, his work is enjoyable and inspiring.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Have to admit that I bought this book for the pictures. An impulse buy from Barnes & Noble mostly because John Howe is one of my favorite fantasy artists. I would not consider this a beginner's how-to in art. It is a summary and reminder of what it takes to make art pop. Have to admit that I bought this book for the pictures. An impulse buy from Barnes & Noble mostly because John Howe is one of my favorite fantasy artists. I would not consider this a beginner's how-to in art. It is a summary and reminder of what it takes to make art pop.

  16. 4 out of 5

    K.

    Now, I'm a terrible artist. I leave all that to Eric. I picked this up because John Howe is a legendary figure in fantasy art and I wanted to get into his head a little. Also, I wanted to look at the pretty pictures. I got what I wanted. ;)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Fanie

    Loved, loved and still love this book. A great reference for any artist but particulary if you're interested in fantasy illustration. John Howe is a great teacher and shows you all his tricks. :-)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    Such a lot of fantastic fun! Brings back my love of fantasy art and fantastic worlds.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ken Ficara

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  20. 4 out of 5

    Blak Rayne

    Very helpful and wonderfully illustrated. Mr. Howe is definitely an accomplished artist!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mohit Sharma

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joeyr

  23. 4 out of 5

    Abdalla Aldeen

  24. 5 out of 5

    Miza Castro

  25. 4 out of 5

    Edward Andrews

  26. 4 out of 5

    Hồng Nhung

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ally

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ashlenalynn

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shirin Soltani

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kingston Kwong

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