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By William O'Connor

Unharness the Beasts!
For millennia historians, artists and scientists have chronicled their rules and discoveries of mythological and magical monsters in encyclopedias often called bestiaries. From Asia to the United States, Japan to the jungles of South Africa, the mammoth menagerie of unique and mythical creatures has populated the imaginations of all cultures for centuries.

Beautifully illustrated and wonderfully specific, Dracopedia: The Bestiary is a latest, yet no much less unsettling reimagining of the traditional model. it's an A-to-Z artist's consultant to animals of the mythical international. a few, just like the griffin and yeti, could be generic to you. Others--like the enigmatic questing beast and ferocious manticore--may appear new and unusual. a few may also hang-out your desires. contained in the bestiary, you'll find:<UL>• secrets and techniques of every animal's evolution--origins, habitat, anatomy, nutrition and more.
• exceptional illustrations created utilizing pencil sketches and electronic coloring.
• Four-stage demonstrations taking you from proposal and layout to under-painting and completing details.
</UL> by means of drawing at the kinds and lines of extra pedestrian animals, you'll supply form to the unusual creatures that roam the depths of your mind's eye, including to the bestiary of the ages.

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Though thought to have gone extinct thousands of years ago in response to conflict with other apex predators such as drakes and lions, the alphyn lived on in the bestiaries of the Middle Ages as one of the most beautiful of cryptids. 30 Woodcut of Alphyn, Circa 15th Century Germany 31 Alphyn Heraldic Rampant 32 Lizard (1887) by French sculptor Emmanuel Frémiet, Collection of Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City 33 Demonstration ALPHYN 34 35 1 Concept and Design Stage The morphology of the alphyn is so diverse that it provides the artist great room for interpretation.

I drew inspiration from large cats and designed a pose that exemplifies a haunched power, like a coil ready to spring. 61 3 Detailed Pencil Sketch Working in pencil on paper, render the drawing and details of the chimera on top of your skeletal sketch. Flesh out the details such as the wing scales, horns and fur. 62 4 Underpainting and Finishing Details Scan your drawing into the computer and begin overlaying local colors and general textures. Leave an area unworked where the fire will be rendered using cool digital effects such as Color Dodge.

Traditionally the classic chimera has two heads—a goat’s and a lion’s—and features the tail of a serpent. Mentioned in the Greek poem Theogony and Homer’s Iliad, the chimera is one of the great classical monsters. According to Greek mythology, the chimera was the offspring of Typhon and Echidna, and was eventually destroyed by the heroic Bellerophon riding on Pegasus. In modern biology chimerism is a genetic mutation where an organism (such as an animal or plant) contains cells, tissues or DNA of more than one origin formed by processes such as fusion or mutation.

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