Saturday, 31 December 2011

The Official Vampire Artist's Handbook by Lora S. Irish - Book Review

Title: The Official Vampire Artist's Handbook
Author: Lora S. Irish
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing
Publication Date: 2 January 2012
Pages: 116
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Non-Fiction / Art
Source: ARC from NetGalley

How to draw vampire art in simple, easy steps. Instructions could be used to create patterns for various crafts, or for drawing. (Goodreads Synopsis)

I couldn't resist requesting this book from NetGalley as soon as I saw it on their listing. I am a huge vampire fan and also like to dabble in pencil sketching from time to time, so it seemed to be the perfect book for me.

This book combines practical projects on drawing and colouring vampires with information about the vampire mythology, adding extra interest to what might otherwise have been a standard book on drawing. I thought the mix worked well as the information gave a basis to the decisions the artist made about the appearance of the different vampires she drew.

I didn't always agree with how the artist represented the vampires, but that is simply a matter of personal taste. I loved the section on colouring and blending colours as it is something I have tended to shy away from, working more with graphic pencils. The tutorials were fun and easy to follow, making them suitable for a complete novice or someone with some drawing experience.

This is a fun book that will appeal to both vampire fans and pencil artists in general.

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