Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Summer Project: Tripping the Art Fantastic

The library's Summer Reading Program is happening right now, with the theme "Every Hero Has a Story". Fantasy fiction is a great place to find heroes - Frodo in The Lord of the Rings, Kvothe in The Kingkiller Chronicles, Fitz from The Farseer Trilogy, Ged from Earthsea, Harry Potter. Some of the art associated with fantasy worlds is, well, fantastic - just take a look at drawings by Tolkien. If you are artistically inclined, perhaps you'd like to use some time this summer learning more about fantasy art and how to make it?  The library catalog has some suggestions:



Fantasy Worlds by John Maizels

Spectrum 18: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art edited by Cathy Fenner and Arnie Fenner

Drawing Down the Moon: The Art of Charles Vess with a foreword by Susanna Clarke

Extra Credit

Fantastic Flesh: The Art of Make-Up EFX
The magic of special effects makeup makes us believe in aliens, monsters, and the possessed. Takes an inside look at the creation and execution of some of Hollywood's most unique special effects.

Knits for Nerds: 30 Projects - Science Fiction, Comic Books, Fantasy by Joan of Dark, a.k.a. Toni Carr
A collection of 30 knitting patterns inspired by popular science fiction and fantasy culture includes designs in the style of such iconic articles as Lieutenant Uhura's minidress, Hobbit slippers, and Hermione Granger's secret beaded bag.

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