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John Howe Fantasy Art Workshop Paperback – Oct 15 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: IMPACT; 2nd Revised edition edition (Oct. 15 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600610102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600610103
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 22.4 x 1.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #344,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

John Howe was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1957. He attended the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Strasbourg. He has had three monographical titles published on his work, including Myth and Magic (Harper Collins, 2001), and worked extensively on the conceptual art for The Lord Of The Rings films with artist Alan Lee and director Peter Jackson.


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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Feb. 2 2010
Format: Paperback
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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.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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For anybody who wants insight to how an established artist works, for anybody who's an artist and is curious about John Howe, for anybody who loves great art, this is a book for you!
John Howe not only divulges experiences gained from a decades long career in Art and Commercial Illustration, the reader is treated to some of his most famous masterpieces in a 'behind the scenes' tableau.
We see how he tackles each project as a theme - whether it's expressiveness, composition, design challenge - and are treated to the wisdom of his experience as he leads us through various stages of the work process.
Particularly intriguing is the section dealing with his own artistic workshop setup, as well as his findings concerning dealing with clientele and the industry in general.
This book is a great find, well written, and sure to peak the curiosity of the layman as well as satisfy and inspire more seasoned artists from beginner to intermediate level. Even advanced, veteran artists will glean some pearls of wisdom from John Howe's own experiences within the industry.
This book is priced well, won't break most bank accounts, and is well put together in thick, glossy inner pages, with a hard, soft cover on the outside.
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I read a lot of art books but never have I read on as inspirational as this one. Maybe it is just because I admire Johns work so much but I don't believe. The book is written as if John were talking to you face to face. He talks about his inspiration, materials,subject matter in down to earth sometime humorous way. The book is packed with images of initial sketches, wips, and finished pieces which helps you to discover how Johns work is birth. If you are in to fantasy art at all, buy it, you won't be disappointed
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I love LOR and have visited Hobbiton and the Weta Cave in New Zealand.

I also love to draw and wanted to get an insight and some tips on how all the scenery and characters were created for this series of films.

A great tool and guide for the budding artist or for those who just love Lord of the Ring
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f72b29c) out of 5 stars 25 reviews
51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e52cd2c) out of 5 stars Much more than just a how-to book Oct. 8 2007
By V. T. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After reading it through, I felt like I'd spent an afternoon in John's studio, talking with him about not just how one paints, but most importantly, why one paints. That's exactly what I'd hoped the book would be: not just a how-to manual, or a collection of techniques, or a long list of self-congratulatory stories -- but good, solid advice on the creative process from an experienced professional.
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e52e198) out of 5 stars Not your usual how-to book Jan. 7 2008
By Meredith Dillman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book. I am a big fan of Mr. Howe's work and much of the advice in this book is familiar from John's forum but it's a good chance to see how he works step by step, as well as how he organizes his studio and prepares for illustration jobs. While there are only a few "walkthroughs" featuring new art, the book is full of interesting tidbits of information about the creation of other paintings. There are lots of tips even I who has been painting for many years didn't think of before. John Howe makes a point to encourage readers to find their own unique style and way of painting, unlike many how to books which only show one way of doing things. I particularly love that his sense of humor shows. He honest about illustration and admits that he isn't perfect and procrastinates as much as possible before every job.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e52e39c) out of 5 stars Insightful Feb. 2 2010
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e52e948) out of 5 stars Excellent Book from one of the great fantasy artists Jan. 18 2008
By Daniel S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
John Howe is the artist I credit for making me interested in fantasy illustration, and will always be one of my favorites. It should come as no surprise that the artwork in this book is amazing, and the information presented is also quite insightful. It is not an art how too book, so much as it is a general treatise of John Howe's way of thinking about his work, and going about his creative process. He actually expresses pretty clearly his dislike of anything that feels like a how too process, or is so forumulaic that it can be presented as if there is only one set way to do it. One of the best additions to my art library.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e52e2dc) out of 5 stars Howe Too! Feb. 15 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm always interested in any collection of John Howe's work and this book does not dissapoint in that regard, it is chock full of illustrations and examples of his approach and techniques. The addition of his insight and advice just makes this a terrific volume with no failings. In addition to being very useful as an instructional book, it's also inspirational. It's worth every penny of it's very reasonable price.

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