Bring a Fantasy World of Enchanting Beings to Life!
Angels, faeries and mermaids have engaged the imaginations and enchanted the brushes of artists for centuries. Now you can evoke the spirit of these mythical creatures and create fantastic works of ethereal art in watercolor. Step by inspired step, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law shows you how to paint the otherworlds' most marvelous creatures and exquisite settings. Twenty step-by-step projects show you how to create fantastic scenes that are elegantly styled, brilliantly colored, and alive with a sense of wonder.
Fabulous Realms! Create strange and lovely backgrounds, such as the meandering oak branches of faery folk, the celestial surrounding of angels, and the seascapes where mermaids dwell.
Delightful Details! From angel wings to mermaid tails, from flowing robes to faery gowns, learn to paint an imaginative variety of features, clothing and other details that ensure one-of-a-kind results.
Mystical Effects! Discover special watercolor techniques for adding magic and mystery to your paintings.
You'll begin by learning about essential materials, including brushes, paints, paper, then will move on to important techniques such as planning and sketching; figure proportions; specific characteristics of angels, faeries and mermaids (including clothing); developing backgrounds; and finishing techniques that add an air of magic.
Stephanie Pui-Mun Law
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is absolutely fabulous, period. If you want to expand your drawing skills, learn to work magic with watercolor, or are simply a fan of Stephanie Law's work; you need this book. I actually bought 2 copies, one to drool over and one to keep in case it falls apart (got one off the artists website, she'll sign it for you!) This book basically has 4 sections. The first is an intro to drawing, watercolors, and inspiration sources. The second is the faerie section. Here we learn about making foliage, the 'glow effect', will-o-wisps, wings, and a few other tasty tidbits. She also introduces the notion of composition in a painting to keep the painting interesting. The third section is the mermaid one (my favorite because I'm a mermaid freak ;) and this section focuses on painting and drawing hair, pearls, cabchon jewels, and fun variations on fins. The final section is the angel one and here we see the ideas behind clothing, feathered wings, skin tones,marble effects,...
I received my copy of Dreamscapes and I am thrilled with it. What I like about her book apart from the beautiful artwork, is that she is very detailed about how to start the process of a watercolour painting. Little things are not overlooked and she assumes you haven't painted before. There is even guidance on how to draw. If you have a little drawing experience, it will be easier to follow however the way she lays it out makes you feel like you can tackle her projects. And there are a lot of them! The author also covers materials in depth. If you love fantasy you are going to be really inspired by this beautiful book as I was.
Stephanie Pui-Mun Law is my absolute favorite artist, and I draw a lot of inspiration from her works. Before I even knew who she was, I was drawing and painting similarly themed subjects, and when I stumbled across another of her books (Dreamscapes: Myths and Magic) at my local art supply store, I noticed that my drawing style was already very similar to hers. So I've picked up all the books in her Dreamscapes series to learn as much as I can, and I've noticed a definite improvement.
It arrived quickly, and the book has absolutely wonderful tutorials in it. Very helpful, and the illustrations are so stunningly gorgeous.
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